Bostic had everyone shake hands with each other and say, “God loves you and so do I.” She wished a happy birthday to those who had birthdays in July and presented a birthday card to Alexander Delk, whose birthday was July 19.
Delk gave the opening prayer for the meeting and led the group with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and asked if anybody had a prayer request. She read Matthew 22:37-39, which refers to the first and great commandment and the second commandment on “love our neighbor as thyself,” saying a person with love ought to reach in three directions; upward to God, outward to others, and inward to self.”
“Jesus didn’t mean for us to love ourselves by being self-centered and prideful,” she said. “There’s plenty of both in the world. He was saying that we should recognize and appreciate our worth that God created us in his image, so we could have a relationship with him ... knowing that we’re deeply loved by our heavenly father.”
Club member Martha Ledford gave a devotional on “El Shaddai — the all sufficient one.” She said this name was used when God established his covenant with Abraham (Genesis 17:1– 4). “Both Abraham and Sarah laughed at this preposterous idea that they could have a baby in their old age,” Ledford said. “They couldn’t believe they would have a baby in their old age because they knew it was humanely impossible for them to have a baby, let alone become the father of many nations. Their reproductive systems had stopped working long ago, but the amazing thing about El Shaddai, he and he alone has the power to defy the laws of nature that he created. He is all self-sufficient.”
Guest speaker Fox talked about open-heart surgery and said that she believed God wanted for the surgery to go well.
She then gave a few handouts to those present. The handout was a brief summary about the persecution of the church from the times of the Roman Empire to the present day. After Fox ended her talk, she gave the group the opportunity for questions and answers, and everyone took part.
The closing prayer was given by Joe Ben Chase. Barbara Tucker won the door prize, compliments of Steve Robinson of Cleveland Plywood.
Others attending the meeting were Peggy Meyer, Sheila Quinn, Juanita Poteet, Lily Cunningham, Paul Denton and Calvin Davis.
The next meeting will be held at Golden Corral Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 26. The August speaker will be Glenda Watson, mother of Sheriff-elect Eric Watson. For more information on the United Club meetings, contact Bostic at 479-9207; Charles or Joanie Lupo at 478-5766; or Shawn Markie, club recorder, at 476-5426.