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Thankful Thursday – Pat and Bud (Ernest) Brown

On this Thankful Thursday I am grateful for the presence of Pat and Bud Brown in my life. Pat and Bud are the co-hosts of Baptist House at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York State. They have made the beautiful old denominational house a place of thoughtful conversation, relaxation and mental and spiritual stimulation. They have welcomed and encouraged me in the promotion of Christian Civility. Bud is a Baylor graduate. He received a Master’s degree from Simmons College and the Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is a pianist, organist, and music director. Pat had a great teaching career and is a wonderful hostess. On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the gifts that Pat and Bud Brown bring to my life.

Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the importance of someone to our lives and to let her or him know of our gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.

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Thankful Thursday – Paula Carl

            On this Thankful Thursday I am thankful for the gifts that Paula Carl brings to my life. Paula and Roger comprise a great couple, but Roger will be back next week. Paula grew up in Missouri. She graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She comes from a family of ministers. Somewhere in her pilgrimage she met and married Roger. They eventually migrated to Nashville where she formed great friendships in the church music groups. She is an accomplished musician. She composes and arranges music. She is an organist, a singer and a conductor. She is an in demand organist playing at numerous churches throughout the lowcountry. She directs the senior choir at First Baptist Church and James Island Baptist Church. These choirs have performed at the Hamrick Lectureship and they routinely visit nursing centers where they are always greeted with great enthusiasm. Paula and Roger are great travelers and have visited tons of gardens, cathedrals, organ concerts and castles all over Europe. They are devoted members of the National Trust and have an appreciation for all things historic. Paula is an extraordinary hostess and relishes all things blue. Both bring a love for the history, traditions and worshipfulness of First Baptist Church of Charleston. On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the many gifts Paula Carl brings to my life.

            Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the importance of someone to our lives and to let her or him know of our gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.

 

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Thankful Thursday – Suzie Redd

On this Thankful Thursday, I am blessed by the gifts that Suzie Redd brings to my life. Suzie is a native of Picayune, Mississippi and a graduate of Mississippi State College for Women; however, she is an ardent LSU fan. She moved to Charleston with her late husband David from Orangeburg, SC. She and David met in New Orleans where she was in nursing school at the Baptist Hospital and he was studying at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Suzie sings in the choir at First Baptist Church of Charleston where David was organist and Minister of Worship for more than 30 years. David and the late Dr. John Hamrick taught me how to worship. Suzie has so many talents that it is difficult to know where to start. She was a great nurse for years for her mother and David’s mother. She keeps all the music organized for the choir. She is an outstanding hostess and a wonderful cook. Of course, she loves Louisiana Cajun food. She brightens any occasion by just being there. On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful that Suzie Redd is part of my life. Anne Cheek pictured along with Suzie has also been featured on this Thankful Thursday blog.

            Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the importance of someone to our lives and to let her or him know of our gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.

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Thankful Thursday – Ann Cheek

            On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for Ann Cheek. Ann is a music teacher in Charleston County Schools and a member of the choir at First Baptist Church. She was a member of the Sunday school class that I led for many years. On January 30, 2011, I had the privilege of participating in the ordination of Ann as a deacon. Not only is Ann a gifted and tireless musician, she is a committed Christian who loves First Baptist Church. Ann conducts many special programs with her music students and chaperons them on trips to Disney and Washington. Right now Ann is having the most fun being a grandmother. What a gift her grandchildren have in having a grandmother who is so creative and so talented. Ann is also a devoted sister to her brother, Charles (Chuck). On this Thankful Thursday I am thankful for the presence of Ann Cheek in my life.

            Thankful Thursday is a day set apart to recognize someone who is important in our lives. Let her or him know of your gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.

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