By CHERIL VERNON
Southside Baptist Church of Palestine invites all interested individuals and families to gather in Reagan Park on Sunday for its back-to-school emphasis “Picnic and Prayer in the Park.”
The event will start at 5 p.m. with free hot dogs, chips and drink.
“We are hoping families will come take advantage of the free food and great atmosphere of Reagan Park,” Southside Senior Pastor, the Rev. Woody Wilson said. “The splash park offers a kid-friendly recreational activity. In addition, we are encouraging our church members to bring Frisbees, balls and lawn games.”
After serving the free food and having fun and fellowship time, the church is organizing a special prayer time for the beginning of school.
“We plan on forming a big prayer circle in the open space of the park,” Wilson said. “I don’t know of anything more important as school begins than to get the community praying for a safe and productive year.”
Southside Baptist is home to Christian Heritage Academy, a K-6 Christian school, but many church members work within the local public school districts.
“We are ardent supporters of all the schools in our county and believe we have a civic and spiritual responsibility to support them. Praying for them here at the outset of a new school year is a great privilege. We hope many from local churches and from the community at large will join us for this time of prayer and fellowship,” Wilson said.
The prayer circle will form at 6:30 p.m. The event ends at 7 p.m.
For more information, call the church office at 903-729-6064 or log on to ssbcpalestine.org.
Slocum native and Palestine resident Vivian Denson Jarrett will celebrate her 90th birthday on Saturday.
Her husband, Keese Jarrett, marvels at her energy and counts his blessings daily of their 72 married years together.
Vivian continues to give many life lessons and strong values on life’s journey to her son, Ron Jarrett of Palestine; her daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Mark Terry of Irving; and her four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.
She produces an extraordinary creativity, resourcefulness, teaches the art of negotiation, exemplifies curiosity (she practically wore out a set of Encyclopedia Britannica) and practices her faith in the Lord with kindness, according to her family.
Vivian retired from working in the insurance business but always has an insatiable desire to serve or work and has effectively run a business her whole life — the business of family — providing endless emotional support throughout, sharing her many talents and love!
Her family will join in the birthday festivities Saturday, wishing Vivian another decade of happiness.