Editorial: Three Cheers

May. 03, 2013 @ 11:45 PM

National Day of Prayer

observances nice to see

It was nice to see the Sevier County community come out to support the National Day of Prayer on Thursday. This was the fifth year in a row that a community service was held at the courthouse. This year Dollywood hosted two special 15-minute services for guests and employees in the chapel in Craftsman’s Valley.

The services are dignified and appropriate. The National Day of Prayer is meant for all faiths and all beliefs. The unifying element is a belief in a higher power who can guide, inspire and hear our pleas for peace and good judgment.

The Dollywood services included prayer and scripture reading. Hymns were sung. A prayer guide was available. The courthouse service included Mr. Lincoln, the eagle from the American Eagle Foundation; music; the singing of the national anthem; and a talk by Dan Spencer, senior pastor at First Baptist Church Sevierville.

Many thanks to all who made both observances possible. It’s good to see people in Sevier County come together for a worthwhile project, as do communities all across the country.

Packing bags for village

project important endeavor

Members of First Baptist Church in Sevierville spent last weekend on a project to help people they’ll never see. They packed Zawadi bags for the Orbit Village Project, coordinated by director Cyndy Waters of Sevierville. The bags are a ministry of the Sevierville-based project in Nairobi, Kenya.

While many of the children in the village have sponsors, others do not. In an effort to make every child feel sponsored, Waters came up with the idea for “Zawadi” bags. A donation of $25 helps with the cost of shipping and throwing a party for the children. Over 500 children attend Orbit School of the Cross, which was also founded by the Project, and each one will receive a bag filled with school supplies, candy and clothing. A tract explaining the gospel is placed in the bag, and the message of salvation is presented each child.

The project is in its seventh year of operation and continues to generate local support. It deserves it. For more information, contact Cyndy Waters at 865-591-6337 or via email at cyndybwaters@mac.com.

Middle school students

help out in a big way

It’s good to see young people involved in the community, helping others and seeing the fruits of good works of labor in their hometown. The S Club of Sevierville Middle School met at the Sevier County Food Ministries after school last week to sort and separate donated goods.

“We’re basically a service organization,” said member Jasmyn McRae. The S stands for service.

“(We do) any kind of service in the school and community,” Sue Habraken, one of the S Club’s sponsors, said. “(But) our main service this year has been to the food ministry. Five members and a sponsor go at least once a month every month this school year.”

This is the second year the club has selected the food bank as its main service project. Each student in the club must volunteer at the food bank at least once per year. The S Club delivered 480 pounds of food that had been gathered for the food bank by the Sevierville Middle School Beta Club. Nice work, students.