Wednesday, July 1, 2020

What does he require?

Prayer Request - 7/1

Angie Duren sent this prayer request:  My dad, Coy McGregor, has been in remission with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma for the past 10 years. He was told it is not curable and would probably return in 7 years. We are so blessed he made it this far!
It has now come back more aggressive this time, so he will begin treatment this week. There is an up to 60% chance that this will work.
Please be praying for our family as we navigate through this. It's going to be a hard battle!

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Prayer Request 6/30

Kevin and Benette Russell have BOTH tested positive for Covid-19. 
Hayden is negative and Holland has not been around them since the exposure.  
Kevin sent this message: We are feeling ok. Symptoms being; some fever, sore throat and, light cough.  Benette has had a headache, but she is better today. I am a little feverish today.

Prayer Request 6/30

Derald Bulls asked for its to pray for Laura Jordan.  She is a hair stylist at Colman's.  She is in very serious condition at PRMC/ICU. Laura needs to be in a hospital in Dallas... they are all full!
Her husband Rick also has the virus, but is not as serious as Laura.

July 12th Change of Service

HEY CHURCH! The decision has been made to reopen on Sunday, July 12th OUTDOORS AT THE PARIS CIVIC CENTER NORTH PAVILION! One service will be conducted at 9:00 a.m. That service will be videoed and available on our social media outlets later that day. More details to follow soon. Thank you so much for patience, understanding, and flexibility.

Our Sympathy...

Services for Freda Nell Banks, 90, of Canton, are scheduled for 11 am Thursday, July 2, 2020, at the Canton Church of Christ with Blake O'Quin and Clayton Conway officiating. Interment will be in Rockhill Cemetery in Quitman.
Freda was a former member at LACOC.

Monday, June 29, 2020


Our Sympathy...

Our condolences to Joe Ray's brother, Billy, passed away this morning. Arrangements will be posted as they become available. Please keep Joe, Cledith and the family in your prayers.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Our Sympathy...

Dee Lyons Mom, Dorothy Lyons, passed away suddenly this morning.
No details are known at this time.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Prayer Request 6/27

Derald Bulls sent this message: Please add my friend Billy Thomas to the prayer list. Billy began his career as a fireman here in Paris and retired from the Dallas fire department. He is having a number of health struggles right now. Thank you!

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Prayer Requests 6/24

As the number of positive cases, of the Coronavirus,
 increase, please keep yourself aware of washing your hands, wearing masks, and social distancing.
One of my coworkers tested positive this morning.
So say a prayer for her, and her healing, and our other coworkers!!

Obituary for Jimmy White

Jimmy Jefferson White, 83, of Paris, passed away Monday, June 22, 2020, at Paris Regional Medical Center. The family will schedule a memorial service at a later date. Cremation was under the care and direction of Bright-Holland Funeral Home.
Jimmy was born April 13, 1937, in Union, MS. He honorably served his country in the United States Army for two years. He was a pilot, a barber, and retired as an adjuster for MetLife. Jimmy & his wife, Nora, enjoyed music, and he was lead guitarist for a group in Paris and enjoyed playing music with Kenneth Marshall and friends on Tuesday afternoons. They also enjoyed camping and the outdoors. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Lewis White, a sister, Nellie Ray Neese, and two brothers, Wilbur White and Buddy White.
Survivors include his wife, Nora McDowra White whom he married on May 14, 2002.

Happening Today... 6/24

Monday, June 22, 2020

Our Sympathy ...

Nora White's husband, Jimmy, passed away this morning.
Please keep Nora and the family in your prayers.
Bright Holland will have charge of the services.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Happy Fathers Day 2020

Update on Jimmy White - 6/21

Asking for prayers for Nora & Jimmy White. Things are not looking good today, they put him on the BiPAP machine, he couldn’t breath. He will not have heart cath tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Re-Opening Guidelines

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” (Philippians 2:3-4)

Dear Lamar Avenue Family,

We pray that everyone continues to be safe and well after what has been a difficult three months. The elders and ministers have begun planning to reopen Sunday, July 12th. We intend to take the recommended safety precautions very seriously in order to minimize infection risk. We know there is a difference of opinion about those precautions but ask for your understanding and Christ-like spirit, and willingness to observe. Our guidelines are listed below:
1. We will conduct two worship services (9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.) each Sunday to create the space needed to observe social distancing practices.
2. Because we want to keep large groups from congregating in the lobby, we ask that you wait until 8:45 am or 10:45 am before entering the building.
3. Members need to choose a service by completing an online form at this link,, and attend only that service for now. If you do not have internet access please call the church office!
4. Recommended minimum distance guidelines will be implemented. There will be at least six feet of distance between those attending, except for those within the same family.  Two rows between each occupied pew will be roped off to facilitate the necessary spacing. 
5. Please wash your hands thoroughly before leaving your home for the worship service and avail yourself of the hand sanitizers in the building before you enter the auditorium.
6. Songbooks, Bibles, attendance cards and pencils will be removed from the pews to avoid having to sanitize them.
7. Doors, tables, pews and everything touchable will be sanitized before and after the worship service.
8. Wearing protective masks will be mandatory once you enter the building.
9. You will be given individual communion packets as you enter the auditorium. Used cups will be returned to the Ziplock bags for disposing of the packets after use.
10. There will be two boxes in the foyer to place your contribution as you enter the auditorium. The offering trays will not be passed.
11. The bathrooms will be available for use but please use only if necessary.
12. An unattended nursery will also be available but also please use only if necessary.
13. If you are not feeling well for any reason, you should not attend.
14. If you are an “at risk” individual due to having a chronic health issue or because you are over the age of 65, please prayerfully consider whether you should attend. If you are not comfortable with the safety aspects of meeting together, you should not attend. Please pray about this and make wise decisions for you and your family. The worship service will be live-streamed at 8:30 for those unable to attend or who choose not to attend.
15. All children must stay with their parents.
16. Unfortunately, there will be no fellowship activities (socializing, hugs, handshakes, etc.) in the auditorium or foyer before or after the service. Everyone will be asked to have those conversations outside the building.
17. Both entrances to our facility will be used; ushers will accompany you to your seat.
18. Dismissal will occur in a systematic, organized procedure.
19. No food or drink will be available and using the water fountains are discouraged.
20. No Sunday morning Bible classes nor Wednesday evening Bible classes will be offered at the building at this time.
21. Life Groups are encouraged to meet outside with social distancing guidelines observed.
These procedures may seem extreme to some of our members; for others, they will not be nearly enough. It is important to be flexible, forgiving and patient (and to have a sense of humor) as we take this step. Please remember that the goal is to worship our Creator and Savior as his body, collectively; for an indefinite time, this will look much different than how we have traditionally approached our worship together.
As time goes by, we expect to reevaluate and update these policies accordingly. As we work our way through this pandemic, it is vital that we cooperate with one another, extend each other grace, and be proactive in loving our brothers and sisters by looking to their needs and not just our own. One day soon, Lord willing, we will be able to put all this behind us. Until then, let’s stay safe, faithful, and positive.
Please continue to pray for July 12th! Please pray for the safety of our church family. Let us offer a prayer of gratitude for being able to be together again.

The Elders

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Prayer Request 6/16

Ora Henderson is in the hospital, PRMC/RM 406. Lesa Bulls visited with her & she is in good spirits. She experiencing heart & kidney issues.  She has kids coming in from California & Kansas!

Monday, June 15, 2020

Can you help?

Wayne Kerby is trying to help someone find an inexpensive car. If you have one or know of one for sale please let him know. Thanks!

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Prayer Request - 6/14

Please pray for Jimmy and Nora White. Jimmy is in ICU with pneumonia.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Monday, June 8, 2020

Prayer Request 6/

Joy Barnett will be having cataract surgery tomorrow 6/9 and would appreciate everyone's prayers.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Seven Reasons - 6/1/20

“7 Reasons Christians Disagree about When to Reopen & 3 Scriptures We must not Forget Because of That Disagreement” ~~Randy Johns
Seven Reasons Christians Disagree about When to Reopen:
1. Economical Some will argue churches need to reopen to resume consistent giving. Other respond with taking advantage of government assistance.
2. Practical Why be in a rush to reopen if we have to wear a mask and practice social distancing? Is it worth all that trouble right now?
3. Social Extroverts scream, “I am an outgoing, gregarious person! I need to see people!” Introverts quietly think, “This being alone is great!”
4. Generational Studies indicate those who are over the age of 65 are among those thought to be most susceptible to serious complications of COVID-19.
5. Medical Likewise, those with preexisting medical conditions are also especially vulnerable.
6. Political According to a poll from Rasmussen Reports, Republicans are more likely than Democrats or the unaffiliated to reopen the country.
7. Theological Some Christians, anxious to reopen, quote 2 Corinthians 5:7, “For we live by faith, not by sight” or use other biblical examples such as God delivering Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from the fiery furnace (Daniel 3). Other Christians, being more cautious about reopening, quote Paul in 1 Corinthians 10:23-24, “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others,” or quote Jesus when he was being tempted by the devil, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test” (Matthew 4:7).

Regardless, Three Scriptures We must not Forget:
1. “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” (Romans 15:7)
2. “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:3)
3. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” (Philippians 2:3-4)

Friday, May 29, 2020

PRAISE Report!!!

UPDATE ON Claude Jones: Mary called and said Claude is finally OUT of isolation and will be moving back to his room —D73!! He is so happy for this news! Both Mary and Claude want to thank EVERYONE for the many prayers!! Praising God for good things!! ♥️

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Our Sympathy...

Linda Kay Pridemore Nichols 73, of Powderly, died at 8:08 PM, Thursday, May 28, 2020 at Heritage House of Paris. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, June 6, 2020 at the Cross Branch Cowboy Church. Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of cremation arrangements.
Linda was born February 24, 1947 in Paris to Chester Lee and Dolleris Lorene Hicks Pridemore. She graduated from Central High School and received her dietary certification from Paris Junior College. Mrs. Nichols married Jack Dwight Nichols on September 19, 1964 in Paris. He died May 13, 2004. She was a member of the Cross Branch Cowboy Church.
Survivors include his two children, Stacey Dwight Nichols and wife, Kathy and Kristi Nichols Garrett and her husband, Curtis, all of Reno; four grandchildren, Ashley Nichols of Paris, Calley Nichols and fiancé, Lance Luetge of New Ulm, Texas, Kasey Hooks and husband, Brandon of Dallas, and Landon Garrett and wife, Courtney of Alba, Texas; four great-grandchildren, Maliya Nichols, Aubree Savage, Axton Garrett, and Beau Garrett; one brother, Garry Pridemore and wife, Sharon of Oklahoma City; and one sister, Kathy Pridemore Mull and husband, Mike of Powderly. She was preceded in death by her husband and parents

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Prayer Request 5/28

Kay Langley sent this message: Everyone at LACOC  was sooo good to pray for Jerry when he had his wreck 4 years ago, and we need those prayers again. His ankle injury from the wreck has been getting worse and Monday June 1st he is having surgery to fuse his ankle hopefully to take away his pain. With his diabetes we especially pray for good healing. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Monday, May 25, 2020

Prayer Request - 5/25

Nora White's husband Jimmy is in PRMC with pneumonia in both lungs. Prayers for healing.

Memorial Day

Prayer Request - 5/25

Pam Cattabiani posted this message: I am in the Paris hospital emergency room since early this morning with PVCs of the heart. The doctor is going to keep me overnight and I will see my cardiologist but there is nothing serious wrong with me. Thank you for prayers. If you would like to phone me my number is (903) 513-0382. God bless you and much love.

The Coach & Grace

Eighteen years ago, former Alabama football coach Gene Stallings made a difference in the life of a grieving woman and her beautiful newborn. It's a story about love and compassion, a story that has not been told until now. This is the story of The Coach and Little Grace. Her heart was heavy on Mother's Day 2002. Laura Davis was depressed and confused as her first child slept at her side. Was she crazy to feel so sad, so hopeless? After all, her daughter Grace was a mere 14 days old- 27-year-old Laura Davis was supposed to be happy. As Grace slept, Laura asked God for answers. How was she supposed to care for a child with Down syndrome? How was she supposed to see the future as her child had just been diagnosed with two holes in her heart? How was she supposed to have hope when her doctor told her that little Grace would never walk, talk or read? Her husband was doing his residency in Columbus, Ohio, and while Chris was working hard, Laura cried. She was overwhelmed. She missed her hometown of Vestavia Hills. She missed talking about life and Bama football with her friends. And getting out of bed? It just wasn't happening. The phone rang, and Laura took a deep breath, inhaling tears that had fallen from her eyes. "Hello", said Laura. "Hello, Laura, this is Gene Stallings. I wanted to call to wish you a Happy Mother's Day." Laura's heart jumped. Was it really THE Gene Stallings? From her beloved Crimson Tide? Why in the world was Gene Stallings calling Laura Davis, who was in Columbus, Ohio? "I also want to congratulate you on your newborn, Grace." How in the world did Coach Stallings know about Grace? The two exchanged pleasantries, and then the former Alabama football coach revealed why he was really calling: To give Laura Davis hope. To get her out of bed. The coach proposed a question to Laura: "What is the one thing that you want for little Grace- you want her to someday go to heaven, right?", the coach asked. Said Laura, "Of course!" And then came just one of many bits of advice that the coach offered up: "Well, Laura, Grace has a one-way ticket, because God loves her, and so do you. You may not know this right now, but you are in for the ride of your life. You will never stop loving little Grace." And another piece of advice from the coach: "If the Lord asked me if I would rather have had John Mark the way he is or had him as a "normal" child, I would tell Him that I would rather have had Johnny just the way he is." Coach Stallings said "goodbye" and hung up his phone. The tears in Laura's eyes returned, but this time, they were happy tears. She had chill bumps. Little Grace remained next to her, asleep. We never know when that moment might come, but on Mother's Day 2002 that moment came for Laura Davis. She closed her eyes and prayed, promising God that she was going to make the most of Grace's life and offer her daughter every ounce of love that she could muster. And the call from the coach? It prompted Laura to get out of bed and start the journey. It wouldn’t be long before good things started to happen: The two holes in Grace's heart closed on their own. Grace smiled. Physical therapy began, then speech therapy. Laura and Chris would move back to Vestavia Hills as Grace turned two. Years of hard work followed. Reading, writing, speaking. Vestavia Hills' special education teacher Jennifer Greer came into their lives. Grace blossomed as a cheerleader, a student and a friend. God was good. And now for the cherry on top: Three days ago, Grace Davis, the girl who was doubted, mocked, and given little chance to live a fulfilling life, graduated from Vestavia Hills High School. Grace will enter Auburn's "Eagles" program this fall. Yes, 18 years after doctors doubted her, Grace Davis will be going to college. Chris and Laura Davis are enjoying life in Vestavia Hills. Chris is an ENT doctor, and their sons Jack and Will are growing fast. Laura tells me that she will never forget Mother's Day 2002, the day that she received an unexpected phone call not from a football legend, but rather from the father of a Down syndrome child. It was a phone call that motivated Laura to get of bed and look to the future. A future that ended up being more amazing than she could have ever imagined. And now you know the story of The Coach and Little Grace. A story with a happy ending. University of Alabama Athletics The University of Alabama #GoodNews

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Prayer Request 5/24

Please pray for Kristi Garrett's mom, Linda Nichols. She isn't doing well and is near the end of her life.