Someone shared on Facebook a list of messages that appeared on church bulletin boards and I thought they were humorous. They were compiled by Max Bowen.

• The sermon this morning: “Jesus Walks on the Water.” The sermon tonight, “Searching for Jesus.”

• Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.

• Don’t let worry kill you off – let the church help.

• Miss Charlene Mason sang, “I Will Not Pass This Way Again,” giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.

• For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.

• The Rector will preach his farewell message, after which the choir will sing “Bring Forth Into Joy.”

• Irvin Benson and Jessie Carter were married on Oct. 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.

• Potluck supper Sunday at 5 p.m. – prayer and medication to follow.

• The church will host an evening of fine dining, social entertainment and gracious hostility.

• At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be “What Is Hell?” Come early and listen to our choir practice.

• The ladies of the church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.

• This evening at 7 p.m. there will be hymn singing in the park across from the church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.

• Low Self-Esteem Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Please use the back door.

• The associate minister unveiled the church’s new tithing campaign slogan last Sunday: “I Upped My Pledge - Up Yours.”

• This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs. Lewis to come forward and lay an egg on the altar.

All of these show how a misused word or the order of a group of words can totally change the meaning of a sentence.


In the publication, “The Murray Ledger & Times’ History of Calloway County 1931,” where I found the information about the Magazine Club, I also found information about the Arts and Crafts Club.

“The Arts and Crafts Club was organized in 1912 at the home of Mrs. O.J. Jennings, with Mrs. Lona Keys acting as the club’s first president. The purpose of this club was to further promote, advance and propagate fancy work of all kinds and the members are particularly interested in the newest and daintiest needlework patterns, each taking pride in the achievements of the others along these lines.

While the club is primarily a social one, its influence and acts of charity and good have been felt in the community since its organization. This was the first organization in Murray to subscribe to the college fund at a time the drive for raising funds was made, just prior to the establishment of this institution in Murray.

During the World War, the club supported a French orphan for three years, which was quite an undertaking for so small a band of women.

It has lent a helping hand always to the cause of charity, only the past Christmas adding quite materially in the relief of some unfortunate sick of our city.

At the time of its organization, the club and two honorary members, Mrs. Nannie Graves and Mrs. Susan Stubblefield. Mrs. Graves remained an active worker in the club until her death.

The club’s chairman is Mrs. Rainey T. Wells and has a membership of 25, meeting once monthly.”

I never heard about this club until I read this information. I wonder if it was the ancestor of the Creative Arts Department of the Murray Woman’s Club?


How impressive was Murray State University fans and the basketball team this past weekend? Not only did the fans fill the Ford Center in Evansville, but our Racers brought home the OVC Tournament trophy. I truly believe the future for Murray State is bright. We have a new president who knows and loves the university, the students and this community, a new athletic director is in town and we are receiving so much positive public relations because of our basketball team and coaches. Looking forward to the future of MSU and GO RACERS!!!


The special committee appointed to research and make recommendations to the Calloway County Library Board issued their report this week. A few months ago, I commented that maybe a committee was needed consisting of community leaders to make recommendations to this board because it seemed as if the board was at somewhat of a standstill. Not much was being accomplished at board meetings except maybe some “personal” comments back and forth. Cooler heads needed to prevail and it appears that is what this committee did and I give credit to Judge-Executive Kenny Imes for addressing this need.

This group was comprised of men and men who all have lived and worked in Calloway County and who had no other agenda except to see and explore all possibilities. Now that they have made their recommendations, after spending many hours looking at all the issues, I would hope that this board can move forward in providing this community with a new, larger and updated library that we can all be proud of and take into account the recommendations of this committee. Let’s stop the bickering and personal agendas and all work together to provide a library this community needs and deserves.

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