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The Messenger. 12.06.07
Women to meet
“How to Live a Pampered Life” will be the theme for the day when the Ken-Tenn Women’s Connection meets Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Catfish Restaurant in Martin.
A special feature will be “kitchen magic” by Renee Kimsey, a Martin representative of Pampered Chef™.
“There’s a Song in the Air” will be the musical theme as Beverly Shelby of Greenfield, a Weakley County Family and Community Education Club agent, sings.
The speaker will be Paula McElroy of Clarksville, a high-energy individual who loves power tools as well as dressing up. Mrs. McElroy also loves people and life itself, a spokesman said, and will be voicing her ideas on “Who’s in Control Here Anyway?”
All women are welcome to attend. The $8 ticket price includes the program, a bountiful buffet, drink and tip. Walk-ins are welcome or reservations can be made by Wednesday morning. Call (731) 587-3915, 885-9029, (731) 479-2979 or (731) 479-8020.
The program is sponsored by the Ken-Tenn Women’s Connection in association with Stonecroft Inc.

Christmas programs set
The community is invited to the Christmas musical/drama productions to be held at Calvary Baptist Church at 2250 East Reelfoot Ave. Sunday.
The adult musical, “Bringing Christmas Home,” will be presented in the 10:30 a.m. worship service.
The youth musical, “Yo! Christmas Tree,” will be presented in the 6 p.m. service.
Both musicals will be under the direction of Luke Parker, minister of music.
The Rev. Melvin Poe is pastor.

Fridlender to speak
George Fridlender — who was born and raised behind the Iron Curtain in the old Soviet Union — will minister in word and song during the worship service at 6 p.m. Sunday at Woodland Mills First Baptist Church.
Fridlender’s father, a professional dramatist and stage director, was a victim of the Communist regime and spent 17 years in a Siberian concentration camp. Through a strong faith in God, he was able to survive the trial. Years later, George Fridlender faced a trial of his own when he was arrested by the KGB and sentenced to years in prison. Just as God had delivered Fridlender’s father out of the camps, He would also deliver Fridlender out of the Soviet Union to the shores of the United States.
It was here in the U.S. that Fridlender’s life intertwined with that of a young South Carolina native, Kimberly Justus, who later became his wife. They both received advanced degrees from the prestigious Juilliard School of Music in New York and then continued on to international acclaim as opera singers in western Europe.
In 1994, God called Fridlender to leave the operatic stage and begin a ministry in which he tells about the miracle of God’s deliverance in his life.
Since returning to the U.S., Fridlender has led worship through word and song in more than 1,200 churches throughout the Southeast.
He and his wife make their home in Woodstock, Ga., with their sons, William and Robert.
Fridlender’s visit to Woodland Mills FBC coincides with the Week of Prayer for International Missions and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering®, which this year bear the theme “Tell Me! the Story of Jesus” and focus on the work of Southern Baptist missionaries and volunteers who share the gospel and plant churches in the former Soviet Union.
The public is encouraged to visit the church to hear Fridlender’s testimony Sunday night, according to the Rev. Rick Burton, pastor of Woodland Mills FBC. For more information, call the church office at 885-2033.

To present musical
Mount Zion United Methodist Church’s sanctuary choir and talented guest artists from Cayce (Ky.) United Methodist Church will present “The Christmas Card” Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at Mount Zion United Methodist Church, located at 5576 Mount Zion Road near Union City. The Rev. Hugh Barksdale is pastor and Catherine Roberts is director of the music program. Jane Moore is accompanist.
The public is invited to attend.

‘Free’ concert set
Brian Free and Assurance, well-known Southern gospel music group, will be in concert this evening at 7:30 at Twin Cities Assembly of God, located at 728 Broadway in South Fulton.
The public is invited to attend, according to the pastor, the Rev. Mike Glover.

Willetts to speak
Evangelists James and Judy Willett, former pastors until they were called to full-time evangelistic service, will speak Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. worship service at Manna Ministries, located at 4001 Ken-Tenn Highway near Union City.
The couple will be telling the story of Mrs. Willett’s healing from a brain tumor diagnosed as fatal. Their message is one of salvation, healing and deliverance. Manna Ministries is a full-gospel non-denominational church.
All are welcome to attend.
The Rev. Ruth Green is pastor.

Benefit singing slated
Samburg Pentecostal Church will host a benefit singing for the residents’ Christmas fund at Golden Living Center, the former Beverly Healthcare, in Union City. The event will be 7 p.m. Friday and will feature The Smith Family and local singers.
Food will be available after the service, which is open to the community.

To ‘celebrate’
Members of Antioch Union Church in the Crystal community will present the Christmas program, “Celebrate the Child,” Sunday at 6 p.m.
Santa Claus will visit after the program and finger foods will be served.
The community is invited to attend.

Cookbook available
Union City Second Baptist Church is selling copies of the hardback three-ring binder cookbook, “A Taste of Heaven.” The book contains 745 recipes from members and friends of the church and sells for $20.
Proceeds from the sale of the cookbook will go to support the Honduras Mission Fund. Copies of the cookbook are available from the church office, which is open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays.
The Rev. Eddie Mallonee is pastor.