THE HEIGHTENER                                  

"Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall exalt you."  -James 4:10


December 4, 2007

Number 49




As December enters, we are reminded that the Christmas season, while pleasant, can be quite frantic.  While we were visiting last week, my mother shared these thoughts with me: 

A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked, “How heavy is this glass of water?”  Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g. 

The lecturer replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter.  It depends on how long you try to hold it.  If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem.  If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm.  If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance.  In each case, it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” 

He continued, “And that’s the way it is with stress management.  If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.   As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again.  When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden.  So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down.  Don’t carry it home.  You can pick it up tomorrow. 

“Whatever burdens you’re carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can.  Relax; pick them up later after you’ve rested.  Life is short.  Enjoy it!”

Another sister who commented on  this  story  was Joyce Robbins.  She said, “I guess we really DO need to turn those burdens over to God, huh?”

“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens” (Psalm 68:19).

I look forward to seeing you Sunday with a Bible, a smile and a positive word!                                                                                                                                          RA






1)                      THE GIFT OF LISTENING

      But you must really listen.  No interrupting, no day-dreaming, no planning your response.  Just listening.

2)                      THE GIFT OF AFFECTION

      Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds.  Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.

3)                      THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER

      Clip cartoons.  Share articles and funny stories.  Your gift will say, “I love to laugh with you.”

4)                      THE GIFT OF A WRITTEN NOTE

      It can be a simple “Thanks for the help” note or a full sonnet.  A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.

5)                      THE GIFT OF A COMPLIMENT

      A simple and sincere, “You look great in red,” “You did a super job” or “That was a wonderful meal” can make someone’s day.

6)                      THE GIFT OF A FAVOR

   Every day, go out of your way to do something kind.

7)                      THE GIFT OF SOLITUDE

      There are times when we want nothing better, than to be left alone.  Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.

8)                      THE GIFT OF A CHEERFUL DISPOSITION

      The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone. Really, it’s not that hard to say “Hello” or “Thank You.”





Dear Cedar Grove Friends,

Thank you for the beautiful plant arrangement you sent to Heather’s funeral.  The meal you prepared after the service was so much appreciated.  Benny and I could never begin to express in words how grateful we are for all your love, support and prayers over the past year.  A great deal of our strength and courage came from knowing how much we are cared for by this congregation.

Please continue to keep us in your prayers as the healing process continues for us.


Benny, Renee; & Justin Moore



Congratulations to Joe and Sharon Minichowski on the birth of their daughter on Thursday, November 29.  Ivy Shelton Minichowoski weighed 8 lb., 2 o and was 20 ¾ inches long.




There will be a Holiday Party for the children on Sunday, December 2 after the morning assembly.  There is a sing-up sheet on the Involvement Team bulletin board.  Please be sure to indicate how many in your family will be attending.  We will have a special guest visiting us, pizza for lunch, crafts, Bible stories, and cookie decorating!




Our Holiday Party this year will be Saturday, December 8.  There is a list on the Involvement Team bulletin board to indicate if you will be attending.

·         We will be asking each family to donate $5 to help prepare for the dinner party.  Give the money to Sheila Mixon or Jana Hamby.

·         We will be having an ornament exchange.  Everyone needs to bring a wrapped ornament.

·         Anyone who cannot attend because of childcare issues, please see Jana Hamby as soon as possible.

·         If you have empty coffee cans, chip cans or anything similar, please give to Sheila Mixon or Jana Hamby as soon as possible.





In order to help some families at the holiday time, we are continuing the food drive for the next few weeks.  This will extend into December to help with Christmas as well.  Remember, our children like to be involved so they can bring their contributions to Bible class. 




Congratulations to Brandon Marlow who will graduate Magna Cum Laude from Georgia State University on December 16.  Brandon will be entering the Peace  Corps and after the three month training he will be teaching English in Central Asia . 




“The memories of the righteous will be a blessing” (Proverb 10:7).  Nothing compares to the precious memories of a childhood where healthy family traditions and relationships are made.  These advantages are not the norm in many households.  In fact, the memories of some children are being filled with heartache and their days filled only with thoughts of survival.  Georgia AGAPE is working very hard to stop these atrocities against the most vulnerable of our society.  Our success depends on your involvement as a foster home resource.  2008 is upon us and so is your opportunity to be a blessing to hurting children.  Please call Jayne Osburn at (770) 452-9995 to find out how you can help.  Training begins mid-January 2008. 




Tom Hopkins is scheduled for surgery on Wednesday.

Jean Davis’ mother, Mildred Harbin, is now in Hospice care.

Phil Hamby has been suffering with pneumonia.

Paula Anderson, Kay Buckner, Don Leasher and Nancy Northcutt were sick Sunday.  

Continue to remember Evelyn Bohannon, Susan Carson, Nell Peters, J. W. Raines, Richard & Joyce Smith, and Geneva White.





THOSE TO SERVE - December 9, 2007


Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Doyle White

Opening Prayer

Greg Cannon

Lord's Table

*Steve Putman


*Dick Massey


Trent Burnett


Tom Raines

Scripture Reading

Keith Bearden


     1 Chronicles 16:8-12

Closing Prayer

Romeo Brinkley

Welcome -PM

Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Doyle White  

Opening Prayer

Phil Hamby

Scripture Reading

Chris Thompson


Psalm 147:7-11

Closing Prayer

Jimmy Pulliam

Communion Preparation


Sally Ray

Nursery Attendant

Paula Anderson 




RECORD 12/2/07

Bible School


Worship AM


Worship PM


Wednesday Bible Study



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