Deacon recognized for special talents, uses gifts for fellow Christians

rick-hinsonCLEVELAND, Tenn. (BNc) — A deacon with the East Side congregation was recently highlighted in the Cleveland Daily Banner newspaper for his special talents.

Rick “Bear” Hinson shapes artifacts and manmade materials by both hand and machine to perfect his artistic creations.

Hinson creates fountain and ball-point pens, but has also done T-shirts, fan collectibles, portraits and customizing on Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

One of his designs done for Earth Day sold tens of thousands of T-shirts.

Rick has designed T-shirts and fan collectibles for music artists Faron Young, Willie Nelson, Bill Monroe, and the Louvin Brothers, among others.

Rick uses his talent in the Lord’s church as well.

East Side minister Jeff Archey told the story to BNc.

“I recall a sister in Christ who lost her father, and he had military honors at the cemetery. After the 21-gun salute, Rick walked over and picked up a couple of casings. Shortly thereafter, he presented a custom-made pen from one of the carbine casings to this dear sister. I will never forget the expression of joy on her face. Rick’s gesture reminds her of her father in such a kind, good, and most unique way.”

Rick’s work as a deacon with the East Side congregation addresses their multiple mission efforts around the world and needed support on behalf of the elders.

“He is one of the finest, most genuine servants I know — a true blessing to our labors at East Side,” Jeff said.

Thanks to the Cleveland Daily Banner for the report and photo.

Tribute to slain Alabama sister Sharon Wellington

Sharon Wellington, from FacebookEditor’s note: Sharon Wellington was killed Nov. 30 by an unknown assailant.

ATHENS, Ala. (BNc) by Joy Watkins — I have heard people say “live your funeral” and although I thought I knew what they meant, it wasn’t until the events following the death of our dear sister Sharon Wellington, that I fully understood its meaning.

I was reflecting on all I knew about her and realized that she herself wrote the words I need to express my thoughts and feelings. From all who have posted or commented about her, who have reached out to family and friends to offer words of comfort, it is evident that she touched many lives. I have never known anyone touch the lives of so many people she had never met. These days will help us face the more difficult ones ahead as we recall how she was prepared for her appointment to meet the Father. Continue reading

Former Brazil missionary Bill Jordan remembered

Former Belo Horizonte, Brazil, missionary Charley Huffman reminisced today about Bill Jordan, who served in the same city in the 1970s. Bill passed away Monday, Feb. 6. His last residence was in Yellville, Ark. We reproduce Charley’s email by permission.

Brazil missionary Bill JordanBill Jordan had a heart attack while we were playing volleyball at camp one day. We rushed him to the heart hospital, where my wife Joyce stayed with him in the emergency room to interpret for him, since he had been in Belo Horizonte only a short time and spoke little Portuguese.

The Brazilian doctors said he needed to go to the USA for open-heart surgery, since he had been in Brazil for such a short time and everything was strange to him. However, the commercial airlines refused to fly him in that condition. Continue reading

Okla. saint noted for work with intellectually challenged

DURANT, Okla. (BNc) – Oklahoma TV station KXII has named Joy Curtis one of its “12 who Care,” for her work with the intellectually challenged.

A little over a year ago, Joy joined several others to create Bridging the Gap Together, Inc., a non-profit that creates jobs for those with special needs at the Good Deal Thrift Store.

Joy’s husband John became the pulpit minister at the 7th and Beech congregation in Durant in Aug., 2001. Continue reading

Lella Harris Stripling celebrates 100th birthday

by Barbara A. Oliver, Managing Editor

005p1BULLARD, Tex. (BNc) - On Oct. 31, 1909, twin girls, Lella and Ella Harris, were born at Peachtree Village in Tyler County, Tex. On Oct. 31, 2009, the Bullard church celebrated Lella Harris Stripling’s 100th birthday and honored her twin sister Ella Harris Keele, who died in July.

Their baby brother, Homer will be 95 on Nov. 25.

When asked what he could tell me about Lella Harris Stripling, Richard Fedell, one of the ministers for the Bullard church, said, “Have you got three days?”

Friends and relatives gathered at the fellowship building of the church to celebrate with Lella. While over 350 people signed her guest book, only 45 were family members.

“That shows you how well she is loved,” said Fedell. Continue reading