More than 100 families came to First Presbyterian Church in Kingsport and participated in the 12th annual Back to School event, where the churches gives away new shoes, socks and underwear to school-aged children.
What was once a church with modest beginnings has grown into a thriving congregation and a mainstay of the Pennington Gap, Virginia community.
God has given us a powerful mind but it is up to our free-will to train and take control of what we think about which is directly associated with how we feel. If we are afraid and worried, we can choose to turn away from the negative influences and meditate on positive thoughts which brings encouragement and hope.
I was casually looking through a world atlas the other day and was amazed at all the different places in our world that are filled with such awe-inspiring beauty and astonishing creatures.
Upon hearing the word "missionary," one might think of a preacher traveling to a distant country to deliver aid and spiritual guidance. However, the Southwest Virginia Partnership is proving that outreach has a place here at home, too.
I was driving through a busy intersection the other day and noticed an elderly gentleman sitting in a lawn chair holding a sign that said, “God is our only hope – Jesus loves you.” It was very hot outside, and I’m sure there were many laughing and making fun as they drove by.
Though the church is celebrating the dedication of its first church building on the corner of Crescent Drive and Watauga Street in 1941, Eanes said the history spans back to 1914, when the first recorded Mass in Kingsport took place.
“You think about here when we wake up in the morning, we brush our teeth and wash our face off,” said Rob Ferguson, youth and activities director for St. Luke United Methodist Church in Kingsport. “They don’t even have a toothbrush now.”
Twlight Alive continues, more live music, showcase dinner, KTG Youth Camp, Freedom’s Anthem, David Phelps at LampLight and Macado’s karaoke.
When an elderly person who has never had water in her house turns on the faucet for the first time or flushes the commode — and it’s all been done at no cost by volunteers — that’s a miracle.
The most common question that ministers and counselors hear is, "Why has this happened?" Of course, they like everyone else in the world have the same helpless look in their eyes and meekly acknowledge they do not know.
“It’s really a joy to do all the work, and be able to help people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to help themselves. Being able to help people is really very rewarding.” — Jennifer Kinsler
Twilight Alive, live music at Sleepy Owl, Kingsport Ballet fundraiser, Farm To Table dinner, Ablaze concert series and Macado’s karaoke.
Ryker Peak’s home run in last Saturday’s Bloomingdale Optimist T-Ball league was more than a point on the board for his team. It was a point on the board for faith and prayer, and there weren’t many dry eyes in the bleachers when he touched home plate.
As a chaplain for a veteran health care facility, I have the opportunity and honor to sit and talk with fine men and women who have served in our nation’s military. Many of them are now in their eighties and nineties, and I believe it’s important to record and preserve not only their amazing war stories, but to simply listen and appreciate who they are as individuals.