The Rev. Fred Britton began our revival services at First United Methodist Church by sharing the Wesley Covenant Prayer.

The prayer was adapted by the Rev. John Wesley, British founder of Methodism, in 1753 from a Puritan text written almost one hundred years earlier, and has been used since 1753 in a Covenant Renewal Service.

"Heavenly Father, I am no longer my own, but yours. Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will. Put me to doing, put me to suffering. Let me be employed for you or laid aside for you, exalted for you or brought low for you. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things to your pleasure and disposal. And now, glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, you are mine and I am yours. So be it. And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen."


Our visiting minister, Sam Morris, linked the beginning of his teen-age ministry to Neshoba County, by saying, "I could go to Ford's Store on Saturday mornings and see half of my congregation."

His love and passion for spreading God's word has led him to an active ministry in the Holy Land.

In one story he told, he compared one person's seemingly impossible feat in straightening out our troubled, mix-up world, to standing at the edge of a raging ocean with a bucket, intent on emptying the ocean.

"Impossible, yes, but I want to be there with my bucket," Brother Morris said, as a reminder that God has a task for each of us.


TV ads are buzzing about the "Grammy Awards on Feb. 10" and "Oscar Night on Feb. 24," but have I got news for you!

Coming to our very own historic Ellis Theater in downtown Philadelphia is a musical revue, which everyone is sure to enjoy. Entitled, "And the Winner Is - A Night at the Awards," it celebrates the award winning songs from the Oscars, the Grammys, the Country Music Association, the Tonys and the Doves.

This production was arranged and will be directed by Tim Moore, Main Street Director, and Kinsey Goldman, Music Minister at Trinity Baptist Church.

A cast of twenty-six will be there to sing for your enjoyment.

They will be accompanied by Elizabeth Hall, the talented, "Energizer bunny" pianist.

The performance schedule is as follows: Friday, March 8 - 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 9 - 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, March 10 - 2 p.m.

Ticket prices are $15 - Non-Arts-Council Members; $10 - Arts Council Members; $5 - Age 2 - High School Senior, and will go on sale mid-February.

Please call PNC Arts Council at 601-656-9838 for kore information.


James Tyler McNeil was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps on Saturday, Jan. 12.

USMC Gunnery Sergeant Robertson was in charge of the ceremony which took place in the Paris-Yates Chapel on campus at the University of Mississippi.

Major Thompson of the University of Mississippi Navy ROTC swore Second Lieutenant McNeil into the United States Marine Corps.

The newly commissioned officer is the son of Gregg McNeil of Raleigh, North Carolina and Lori McNeil of Philadelphia.

Tyler's late grandfather, James Floyd McNeil, was a member of the USMC, and his grandfather Ted Alexander, a member of the United States Navy.

Tyler was pinned by his mother and his grandmother, Dot McNeil.

Others in attendance were his grandmother, Carol Alexander of Edinburg, Kim and Cecil Price, Chris "Bou," Kaye and Nathan Rowell of Philadelphia, and a number of his Sigma Pi fraternity brothers from Ole Miss.

Tyler graduated from the University of Mississippi in December 2012, majoring in English, History and Classics, with an emphasis in Latin and Greek.

He attended Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia, and is scheduled for The Basic School in October 2013.

We share the pride of America for Tyler and his accomplishments.


Bill and Kathy Greenleaf and Greg and Brenda Nowell joined other Philadelphia Mississippi State University fans in Jacksonville, Fla. on New Year's Day for the Gator Bowl.

The foursome, who have been best friends since their days together at MSU, spent four days in St. Augustine enjoying the historic sites of the city, her beaches and delicious seafood.

The Gator Bowl was the last MSU game for Philadelphia High School's Josh Boyd. Brenda and Kathy have been his faithful fans at every "Dog Walk" for the past four years.

Quoting Brenda, "Josh has had such a huge following of Philadelphia people at MSU. We will miss him next year, but look forward to watching him play on Sundays!"


I talked last week with Norma Alice Johnson Cummins, a faithful "Friends" reader who grew up in Philadelphia, the daughter of Edna and J. C. Johnson.

Edna worked with the Extension Service, and J. C. operated a barber shop on Beacon Street, next door to Stribling Drugs.

Harold and I rented an apartment from them (and shared a bath!) when we married in 1952.

Norma Alice was just a little girl.

The house now belongs to our editor, Jim Prince, and Norma Alice is all grown up.

She and her husband, Doyle Cummings, are retired and live in Macon.


Perhaps you've noticed that if you have ever lived in Philadelphia/Neshoba County or have ancestral heritage, we claim you as our own.

So it is with Sarah Katherine Webb.

She was one of 22 members of the 2012 fall scholars' class at Mississippi State University selected for membership in the University's prestigious Society of Scholars in the Arts and Sciences.

At the conclusion of each fall and spring semesters, the limited-membership organization recognizes the most outstanding upper-level undergraduate students in all majors.

Persons selected for this rigorous screening process must have demonstrated a sound foundation in languages, mathematics, science, oral and written communication, humanities and social sciences.


Is it any wonder we claim Sarah Katherine as our own!

We share pride with her parents, Deree and Jody Webb, and her grandparents, Georgia and Cleveland Parkes and Charlene and Steve Webb.