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PCHS holds baccalaureate ceremony

DUBLIN — “People are often unreasonable, illogical and selfish. Forgive them anyway. If you’re kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you’re successful, you will win some false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway. If you’re honest and frank, people may cheat you. Be honest and frank anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight. Build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do here today will often be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have. It may never be enough, but give the world the best you’ve got anyway. After all, it’s between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
Quoting Mother Theresa and challenging Pulaski County High School’s Class of 2008, the Rev. Terry Woodard, pastor at Fairlawn Presbyterian Church, spoke those words during his sermon at Sunday afternoon’s baccalaureate ceremony held at Dublin United Methodist Church.
At the beginning of his message, Woodard told the students he had both good news and bad news for them. He started with the bad.
“Life is hard,” he said. “I wish I could tell you that it’s going to be easy, but I can’t. Unfortunately, life doesn’t always cooperate with us. Life can be cold, indifferent, and at it’s worst, cruel and painful. And you stand here in the midst of entering into that world. You stand here at one of the most dramatic changes that you’ve experienced in your life to this point.”
As for the good news, Woodard said, “You can do it, and you can do it successfully. You can make this world a better place. You can make it a little softer and a little warmer. You can make it a little more caring place to be and to live and to have your lives there.”
He added, “You can make this cold, cruel, indifferent world a different place, not with bells and whistles that make a lot of noise and draw attention to yourselves. You can make this world a better place by allowing God to love you and by loving others as you are loved.”
At the end of his message, Woodard asked the Class of 2008 to remember two things.
“First, remember who you are,” he said. “God created you to be forgiving, kind, successful, honest, a builder and dreamer, happy, a doer of good, a giver of life. Remember who you are.”
As for the second thing for the students to remember, Woodard said, “Remember whose you are. You are children of God, and you belong to God. No matter what the world says or does, remember who you are and whose you are, and live that way anyway.”
In addition to Woodard’s message, Rev. Lara L. Gentry, pastor at Belspring Presbyterian Church, led the call to worship and invocation. Cam Akers, Class of 2008 secretary, led the Pledge of Allegiance and Cody Taylor, a member of the Class of 2008, led the crowd of students and family in prayer.
The Pulaski County High School Jazz Choir, led by Angela Talbert, also performed two pieces during the ceremony, including “Amani Utupe (Grant Us Peace, Give Us Courage)” and an “On Eagle’s Wings” medley, a compilation of various hymns. Senior Josh O’Dell served as the ensemble’s accompanist.
Rev. David Hoover, pastor at Pulaski Christian Church provided a pastoral prayer and the benediction.
In addition, Lydia Blevins and Cameron Lephew, co-presidents of the Class of 2008, gave a few closing thoughts.
Quoting Maya Angelou, Blevins said, “I’ve learned that no matter what happens in life or how bad it seems today, life does go on and will get better tomorrow.”
In addition, from 1 Corinthians 2:9, she said, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind can imagine all the things that God has prepared for those who love him. It’s only going to get better, so live this life that will get you all that God has promised for you.”
She added, “Class of 2008, I’m proud of you, and I pray that each of you will be greatly blessed.”
Lephew spoke his appreciation for the ceremony’s speakers and the choir. He added, “I’d like to thank all of the parents and relatives who came to the ceremony. Your support really means a lot to us. We know we could not have done anything we’ve done without you guys. We ask that you continue to pray for us as we go to college. We’re going to face new obstacles and challenges, and we ask that you just continue to keep us in your prayers.”

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PCHS holds baccalaureate ceremony

DUBLIN — “People are often unreasonable, illogical and selfish. Forgive them anyway. If you’re kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you’re successful, you will win some false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway. If you’re honest and frank, people may cheat you. Be honest and frank anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight. Build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do here today will often be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have. It may never be enough, but give the world the best you’ve got anyway. After all, it’s between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
Quoting Mother Theresa and challenging Pulaski County High School’s Class of 2008, the Rev. Terry Woodard, pastor at Fairlawn Presbyterian Church, spoke those words during his sermon at Sunday afternoon’s baccalaureate ceremony held at Dublin United Methodist Church.
At the beginning of his message, Woodard told the students he had both good news and bad news for them. He started with the bad.
“Life is hard,” he said. “I wish I could tell you that it’s going to be easy, but I can’t. Unfortunately, life doesn’t always cooperate with us. Life can be cold, indifferent, and at it’s worst, cruel and painful. And you stand here in the midst of entering into that world. You stand here at one of the most dramatic changes that you’ve experienced in your life to this point.”
As for the good news, Woodard said, “You can do it, and you can do it successfully. You can make this world a better place. You can make it a little softer and a little warmer. You can make it a little more caring place to be and to live and to have your lives there.”
He added, “You can make this cold, cruel, indifferent world a different place, not with bells and whistles that make a lot of noise and draw attention to yourselves. You can make this world a better place by allowing God to love you and by loving others as you are loved.”
At the end of his message, Woodard asked the Class of 2008 to remember two things.
“First, remember who you are,” he said. “God created you to be forgiving, kind, successful, honest, a builder and dreamer, happy, a doer of good, a giver of life. Remember who you are.”
As for the second thing for the students to remember, Woodard said, “Remember whose you are. You are children of God, and you belong to God. No matter what the world says or does, remember who you are and whose you are, and live that way anyway.”
In addition to Woodard’s message, Rev. Lara L. Gentry, pastor at Belspring Presbyterian Church, led the call to worship and invocation. Cam Akers, Class of 2008 secretary, led the Pledge of Allegiance and Cody Taylor, a member of the Class of 2008, led the crowd of students and family in prayer.
The Pulaski County High School Jazz Choir, led by Angela Talbert, also performed two pieces during the ceremony, including “Amani Utupe (Grant Us Peace, Give Us Courage)” and an “On Eagle’s Wings” medley, a compilation of various hymns. Senior Josh O’Dell served as the ensemble’s accompanist.
Rev. David Hoover, pastor at Pulaski Christian Church provided a pastoral prayer and the benediction.
In addition, Lydia Blevins and Cameron Lephew, co-presidents of the Class of 2008, gave a few closing thoughts.
Quoting Maya Angelou, Blevins said, “I’ve learned that no matter what happens in life or how bad it seems today, life does go on and will get better tomorrow.”
In addition, from 1 Corinthians 2:9, she said, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind can imagine all the things that God has prepared for those who love him. It’s only going to get better, so live this life that will get you all that God has promised for you.”
She added, “Class of 2008, I’m proud of you, and I pray that each of you will be greatly blessed.”
Lephew spoke his appreciation for the ceremony’s speakers and the choir. He added, “I’d like to thank all of the parents and relatives who came to the ceremony. Your support really means a lot to us. We know we could not have done anything we’ve done without you guys. We ask that you continue to pray for us as we go to college. We’re going to face new obstacles and challenges, and we ask that you just continue to keep us in your prayers.”

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