By Terry Harpole For the WPT
The Maben Methodist Men’s group usually meets each fourth Sunday morning in the church fellowship hall.
However, the May 27 meeting was held at 5 p.m. at member Jim Scrivener’s home on Firetower Road, which is off Maben-Sturgis Road in the Double Springs community. A hamburger cookout with all the trimmings was provided by Jim and his wife, Michelle, and daughter, Jamie, along with the help of their two granddaughters.
The meeting and cookout was on a deck in back of the Scrivener home, although some did lounge around inside the home watching the Mississippi State-Vanderbilt baseball game, the end of which pleased the people at the cookout.
The Rev. Scarlett Shepperd asked the blessing for the group, and then everyone enjoyed a delicious meal. The Rev. Tony Proctor was the evening’s speaker, and had many encouraging words in his talk.
Proctor, a native of the Glen Alan area, came to Maben Methodist Church 20 years ago as a young pastor with his wife, Lynn, and after two years left to be assigned to a conference position.
Proctor, jokingly, told people when he was leaving Maben that he was going to be over the bishop of the Mississippi United Methodist Conference. Proctor was right about that, as he was director of the MUMC Youth Council. His office was upstairs, above the bishop’s office. He left Jackson and served on the Louisville charge and some other places, and is now at Columbus First United Methodist Church.
After the meal, and sermon or talk by Proctor, all the men, ladies and guests sat on the deck, and talked, visited and chatted about old times, as when a preacher leaves Maben Methodist Church, there is always a strong tie with them.