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2B The Mcuntain Messenger, Tuesday, January 16, 1990 The Saints The persecution of Christians under the rute of Emperor Diocletian lasted until the year 307 -- the same year Marcellus was elected pope. The principal practices and activi- hes of the Church were practiced "underground" up until this point. Public praise of the reigning em- peror was virtually the only form of worship permitted. With further ac- ceptance of Christianity in the Ro- man Empire the new pope's prime concern was now to reorganize and restructure tile ecclesiastical order of "~he clergy and the Church, To save their own lives and, in many cases, tile lives of their fami- lies, many people denied their faith. Pope Marcellus mercifully permitted these feadul people back into the union of the Church if they would confess their denial, repent and ac- cept penance. A particular group of people who became known as the Lapsi refused to accept any pen- ance for abandoning their faith. Mar- cellus felt his only recourse was to not pardon any of this group. When the new, yet equally tyran- nical, Emperor Maxentius heard that the Laps~ would not receive pardon he sent Marcellus into ~xile and de- prived him of life's proper suste- nance. Victor Frankl writes that "Every- thing can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms --- tile freedom to choose one's attitude in any given set of clrcumstances, to choose one's own way." Saint Marcellus died in 309. He is honored with a feast day on January 16. The best things in the Greater Greenbrier Valley are free... Including The Mountain Messenger Humana would like you to meet someone special, Steven A. Issenberg, M.D., Ear/Nose/Throat specialist. We are pleased to welcome Steven A. Issenberg, M.D., the medical staff of Hu- mana Hospital - Greenbder Valley Dr. Issenberg, his wife Marilyrl, and their two children,' Felicia and Greenbrier Valley from Georgia. Dr. Issenberg is establishing a solo, private practice of Ear/Nose/Throat at Greyrock Professional Park, Davis Stuart road in Fairlea. We hope you will join us in welcoming Dr. Issenberg to our area. He looks forward to meetlng and gettlng to know e~h of you. If you areln need of hla aervlcea, please call'for an appointment at 647-3102. ,,Humana Hospital P.O. Box 497 Ronceverte, WV 24970 304-647.4411 Humono.brtnging the humon being in need into the hondl of o phylicion January 6 was Epiphany. That is the day that the Church remembers the coming of the wise men (magi), led by a star to Bethlehem, to '~he Child" Jesus. They came looking for the one born King of the Jews and the scriptures say that they "saw" Jesus. Three different happenings in recent days have me thinking about the ways we can "see" the presence of God in our lives if we are willing to look. The first of the three occurred on Christmas Eve, which you will re- member was bitterly cold (-20 de- grees at Renick). We were in the middle of our Charge Christmas Eve Service when one of the fathers took his young son downstairs to the restroom. As he did so, a young woman came in through the base- ment door. She told him that her car had broken down, that she wasn't from around here and that she had walked from her car to the church. She wondered if someone would give her a place to stay that night. The father said that he was sure that any number of persons would help her, his family included. He told her that as soon as the service was over, someone would help her out. he invited her to come upstairs or just to wait in the warm downstairs, whichever she wanted to do. She were upstairs, peeked ~n the back. came down and told mm she would be right back. We never saw net again. We looked on all the nearby roads for her car I don't Know whether her car got started or if she was an angel unawares sent to us that niailt, i dO know I was proud that laypersons at the church were ready to respono and that on u]e night we remember the birth of the one for whom there was no room =n when yourve done it unto one of the least, "you've done it unto me." The second of the three hap- pened when, on the way to the hos- pital, our fourth child arrived at Maxwelton in our van in the post of- rice parking lot, delivered by her veW scared Dad. I learned anew that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. I thank God that in so many less dramatic t~mes in our lives when we need help beyond ourselves, God's grace and p~esence are there! The whole story of Elizabeth's birth would take awhile td tell, but God was with her and us in so many ways that helped her to be born healthy and her mom, Pam, to be safe. The third place where all who saw it could see God's presence was in a friend's face Sunday Janu- ary 7, as he took Holy Communion. My friend, who had been very sick, died January 10. Yet on Sunday he was feehng better and was able to be in church. As he received the bread and the juice his face glowed with peace and joy and God's pres- ence. He had been through so much, but in it all he had testified to God's love and help. t know that to- day God is with him too. The magi looked for Jesus. A bumper sticker I saw recently said, "Wise men st~ll seek Him." I believe that wise oersons who seek Jesus will find Htn~ ~n others in need, in nines of Icy or sadness and as a ready help and strength in all of life. After all. Jesus is God with us. Reverend Barry Moll is pastor of the Frankford United Methodist Charge, a four-church circuit in northern Greenbrier and southern Pocahontas counties. He serves the Beulah, Frankford, Mt. Her- the inn that there was room in (Droop Mountain)United Method- homes in our Charge. Jesus said, ist Churches. From left to right: Mrs John Gwinn, Mrs Maynard Hinkle, Van Horn, Mrs Simeon Berktey, Mrs Elmer Powell, Mrs Arnol, )u knc Mrs Alvin Porterfield, Mrs John Garnett, Mrs Robert Modlin. of tim Lewisburg going ~or illne ~VYWO,,,,,,,,~tuire h Ouch Mrs Simeon Berktey presided at the recent meeting of the Lewisburg United Methodist Women. A number of items were discussed during the business session. The Women of the Church and the Methodist Men will assist with the Bloodmobile in the early Spring, to be held at Old Stone Presbyterian Church. Training for this activity wilt be given to those who will assist. Installation of officers for the Year 1990 was conducted by Reverend Homer Stewart. President, Mrs John Gwinn, Vice-President, Mrs Mayn- ard Hink!e, Treasurer. Mrs Donzel Van Horn, Co-Chairman of Ways and Means Committee, Mrs. Simeon Berkley, Chairmen of Circles, Mrs Elmer Powell, Mrs Arnold Dixon, Mrs Alvin Porterfield, Mrs John Gar- nett and Mrs Robert Modlin. Mrs Quincy Richmond was in charge of the program. Mrs Roy Organ Cave ,~they h Hampton designed and seif Worship Service and Progr or ch ter eparing Mrs James McDowell ~ospital Traditional Christmas Stor '~t hosi i~l[Id's dc Gospel of Luke. Mrs Alvin St{ it is read a story of early chil~ titled, If He Had Not Come,~Sr~tea~ Weeks. The group sang a ~. ment' Carol at the opening and ~it, asl the program, edient Mrs Van Horn present }m ' appreciation to Mrs Berki{t e ho s I~ s am has served four years a . . of the Lewisburg United ~a film Women. Lgets d line she A reception was hel L. members after the orogr~nng C - .les are Ross Evans was welcomeq c~S drip, end and Mrs Evans re ~ h " lcW turned to live in Lewisb~'et' l" meeting closed with the i Pedia Meeting Benediction ~rs, an, First Child Kenneth and Cindy Masters of Durham, N.C. announce the birth of their son, Matthew Joseph, Septem- ber 26, 1989 at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. Matthew weighed 5 lb. 3 men (Renick) and Mt. Olivet oz. Maternal grandparents are Jerry and Bonnie Egli of Springboro, Pennsylvania. O 00 O ~lmD 000000000000 ~ " " I Paternal grandparents are Jean ,." Announcina the O enina of iv Masters of Organ Cave and the late ,,..,,~ Ed Masters. ,v,a~u THE HAIR STUDIO t Paternal great-grandmother is Sadie Clute of Springboro, A Roffler Family Care Center ~ Nina Hess of Organ Cave. vania and !lreat-grandfath~ I January 16th. ! Maternal great-grandmother is seph Egli, also of Springborl Hours: Tues.-Sat. 9-? 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