Moye’s Pharmacy in Locust Grove is making it easier to reach your wellness goals

By Ronna Moore, Moye’s Pharmacy Locust Grove pharmacist-in-charge

As we all know, there is not a Coronavirus vaccination available yet. However, Moyes Pharmacy in Locust Grove would like to remind everyone of the importance of receiving their Flu, Pneumonia and Shingles vaccine this year. The number 1 reason is because it can keep you from getting the disease. If you aren’t sick, you will not have to visit your doctor and perhaps be exposed to the Coronavirus. Secondly, these vaccinations can reduce hospitalization from related complications. As we all know, many of our hospitals are at or close to reaching capacity already. Thirdly, these vaccinations are a very important tool for use in chronic health conditions. So, this year it is more important than ever for each of us to get vaccinated.

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Moyes Pharmacy is always looking for new and innovative ways to serve our customers. We have recently implemented a new interactive platform called AZOVA. It is an exciting new tool we will be using to streamline your visits with us. It allows you to go in and register as a patient. You can google AZOVA login and begin the process there.  You can enter as much information as you would like or as little as necessary. This platform helps us as well as our patients stay current on their healthcare needs. You can set an appointment with your pharmacist for an immunization, fill out the necessary information before you get to the pharmacy, and  your vaccination will be waiting for you to come in to receive it. This expedites the whole process. However, if you prefer a walk-in, your vaccination is also available. In addition, AZOVA will send an email to your primary care physician stating that you have received your vaccination. It will also email you, the patient, a reminder of when your next vaccination is due. We can set up a future appointment or you can contact us at a later date to do so. There are more aspects to the AZOVA program that will be coming soon. We will keep you advised on those. However, if you prefer, we can help you set up your account one day when you come into the pharmacy.

Moyes is always concerned about our community and our patients. We continue to receive Coronavirus products. We strive to have all of these products in stock at all times, however, some are in short supply. We now have a limited supply of masks, gloves, thermometers, disinfectant wipes, and sprays. We have an ample supply of hand sanitizers, every form you would want. We get shipments in every day; we can take your name and number and contact you when your item comes in. We would be happy to deliver it to you also on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

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We have another product that is essential during this pandemic. It is called ” IV in a bottle” our Biolyte is packed with vitamins and minerals to boost your energy and replenish those vital electrolytes you need to boost your immune system. We continue to have the citrus flavor. We’ve also added a delicious berry flavor. If you’ve never tried one, you REALLY  should. You will be surprised how much better you feel. If you are sick, been working too hard, or over indulged while playing too hard, BIOLYTE should be your new best friend. It will help before or after your activities. So stop by and pick up a bottle.  We sell individual bottles or by the case.

When you stop by to pick up your Biolyte, you can browse around to find some new country home decor items and a summer sale.

We here at Moyes Pharmacy in Locust Grove strive to be the most friendly, helpful, accessible, and knowledgeable pharmacy you visit. We wish our community and patients safe and healthy years ahead.

 

March Events at Peach Pit Bar and Grill

By Ken Holland, Peach Pit Bar and Grill

Hello Everyone, Ken Holland, with Peach Pit Bar and Grill here in Locust Grove.

March is going to be great month as we celebrate St Paddy’s Day on Saturday the 14th and  hold a Customer Appreciation Day on the 28th. We have a ton of fun giveaways, t-shirts and specials. Plus, we are also giving away a 60” smart TV this month.

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But before I give you details on all of that, allow me to take a moment to explain who and what we are for those who have never experienced our unique menu or our shiny new restaurant. We are so happy to be located almost directly across from the train depot on Hwy 42, and next door to our sister restaurant The French Market and Tavern. Both concepts are owned and operated by Mike and Meagan Buss. Our menu features what can be called “Classic American”. We have specialty Handcrafted Burgers, unique hotdogs, salads, wraps, pizza, milkshakes and desserts.

We always feature Locust Grove’s largest selection of craft beers on tap and cans, as well as your well-known favorites of course, at a beautiful, fully stocked, high-top pine bar. We have 12 TV’s for whatever kind of sport your into, table top games for a fun family night out, kids eat free Monday -Wednesday, a game room, and patio seating for the warmer days that are hopefully coming soon.

Now back to the FREE stuff! We are holding a raffle giveaway for a 60” smart TV. The drawing will be held at our Customer Appreciation Party on March 28th. Starting on the 14th at our St  Patrick’s Day party, your receipt from your food or beer purchase will be your raffle ticket entry. Alternatively, enter the raffle at the restaurant , no purchase needed, with an entry form.

We hope you will come check out vibrant little spot here in Locust Grove. We really want to thank the community that have stuck by us through this first few months. It’s been a wild ride but everyone has been so supportive and people are flooding our doors now that the word about us is finally getting out. Unlike the big chain restaurants we do not have a multi-million dollar marketing budget and plan. We are local, our employees are locals, and the citizens of Locust Grove that love our restaurant are our marketing plan, and we are ok with that!

Always we have Trivia night on Thursday’s from 7-9, and karaoke on Friday nights after 8pm. Come show everyone that great singing voice that sounds so good in your car!!

I hope to see and meet everyone for both of our events. We’l see you Saturday the 14th and Saturday the 28th for t-shirts, swag giveaways good food, and fun.

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TangerClub Chic!

By Nick King, Assistant General Manager Tanger Outlet Centers Locust Grove 

What if I told you there was an exclusive club specifically dedicated to getting you the best deals on your favorite brands? What if I also told you that you would get rewarded for simply making the purchases you would already be making? You would say it’s too good to be true…but I would tell you IT’S NOT!

Yes, I am talking about TangerClub! If you are a local, you are already aware of our wonderful Tanger Outlets center. However, you may not be as familiar with the ins-and-outs of being a TangerClub member.

Joining TangerClub has never been so simple. There are two ways to sign-up. First and foremost, join by clicking here. If you are more of a people-person, you can stop by Shopper Services (right next to Nike Factory) and one of our wonderful Customer Service Representatives will get you taken care of.

Once you are signed-up, you are a member for life – all available to you for a one-time fee of just $10…and just wait to you see what you get with your membership!

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Once you’re officially a TangerClub member, you can start raking in the rewards — starting by tracking your Tanger receipts. By tracking your receipts, you’ll open opportunities to progress through four spend levels, each with its own perks and benefits. For example, once you spend $250 at any Tanger location, you’ll have reached the first spend level and will be rewarded with a FREE gift. And the perks only get better from there! No matter what level you reach, you can enjoy member-only perks and access to even greater savings! Now that’s what we call shopping the way it should be.

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But wait, there’s more! TangerClub members receive a front-row to savings with VIP Parking at all Tanger locations. VIP Parking at Tanger Outlets Locust Grove is conveniently located just outside of Shopper Services. We are excited to be expanding VIP parking a little later in 2020!

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Let’s take a deeper look at the 2020 Tanger Reward Levels- because let’s be honest with ourselves…that’s what we are here for!

There are four reward tiers to achieve as a TangerClub Member:

Level 1 – $250

Level 2- $500

Level 3- $1000

Level 4- $2500

Once you reach level 1, you receive an AMAZING Free Fashion Gift and exclusive store offers and discounts. Levels 1-3 will earn you exclusive retailer rewards that progressively increase in value with each tier you conquer. Once you reach level 4, then you become a PLATINUM member. Platinum members receive a special TangerClub Platinum Card that is loaded with a $25 Tanger Reward that is redeemable at ANY of our wonderful stores. What’s better? You get to repeat the rewards! Each of the levels can be achieved 4 times annually.

Rewards for shopping: ✔️

Exclusive Offers: ✔️

VIP Parking: ✔️

 

There are SO many perks to being a TangerClub member so let’s do a quick rundown:

-Free Stroller Rentals ($5/$6 value for each visit)

-VIP Event Access

-Free Coupon Book with Each Visit

-Free Birthday Gift ($10+ value)

-Waived Gift Card Fees

-Surprise offers throughout the year

-Much More

 

You can find out about all these perks and more by visiting TangerClub.com. While there, go ahead and sign up and start on your journey to Platinum!

Once a member, you will have access to the Little Red Book of Savings and all rewards achieved throughout the year via the TangerApp or TangerClub.com.

Be sure to LIKE our Facebook Page as well, this will allow you to be informed in real time of the best deals and upcoming events!

We hope to see you shopping and saving at Tanger Outlets Locust Grove really soon and putting your TangerClub membership to use!

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It’s almost time for the 2020 Census!

With our new “2020 vision”, it’s time to take a detailed look at how many people live in our nation, states, territories, and local jurisdictions. The Census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution, and occurs every 10 years to provide a “snapshot” of the U.S. population. The 2020 Census will count every person living in the United states and five U.S. Territories, providing critical data to support our communities.  Every person living in the United States is required by law to participate in the census, regardless of legal status.

The first U.S. Census took place in 1790. When looking at historic U.S. Census data, it is important to remember that the way we count people (particularly Native Americans and enslaved people) has changed as our nation has progressed and the rights of citizenship have been expanded.

What is the Census

At the municipal level, census data help us plan for the future and better serve our residents based on population changes, and also influences some funding sources such as SPLOST revenue allocation and CDBG grants.

The big date is coming soon!

April 1, 2020 is Census Day! By then, every household should receive an invitation to complete the 2020 census. The census can be completed by mail, by phone, or (for the first time ever!) ONLINE! Self-response online and by phone opens on March 12. Mailers will be sent out in waves from March 12, 2020 – April 30, 2020.

April 1, 2020 is an important date to remember. Even if you complete the census after April 1, you’ll report based on your household information on that date.

For example, if you are in the process of moving, tell the Census Bureau where you live or spend the majority of your days as of April 1, 2020.

What about for counting people? The census will only include people who are born or alive on April 1, 2020. For example, if you were to complete the Census on April 10, 2020 but you had a child on April 5, 2020, you would not include him or her in your response because they were not yet born as of April 1, 2020. Babies born on April 1, 2020 are included in the census, even if they have not gone home yet.

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The same concept applies for the deceased. For example, if someone living in your home passed away on April 4, 2020 they would still be included in the 2020 Census because he/she was still a living member of your household on April 1, 2020. If a member of our household passed away on March 31, 2020, they would not be included in the census. The census only counts people who were alive for any part of the day on April 1, 2020.

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What questions will the 2020 Census ask? Don’t worry, it’s easy and 100% confidential.

  • Where you live as of April 1, 2020.
  • How many people live or stay with you as of April 1, 2020.
  • The biological sex at birth of each person living or staying in your home as of April 1, 2020.
  • The age of each person living or staying in your home as of April 1, 2020.
  • The race of each person living or staying in your home as of April 1, 2020.
  • Whether anyone living in your household is of Hispanic, Spanish, or latino/a origin
  • The relationship of each person in your home (spouse, child, parent, etc)
  • Whether your home is owned or rented.

For information on how the Census Bureau protects your information, go to: https://2020census.gov/en/data-protection.html

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What the 2020 Census will NEVER ask for:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your credit card, debit card, or bank information
  • Donations or money
  • Anything on behalf of a political party

For more information about avoiding fraud, go to: https://2020census.gov/en/avoiding-fraud.html

Help Shape Community

So WHY complete the 2020 Census? Here are just a few of the many reasons a complete and accurate count is important:

  • To ensure we are all fairly represented: Census information is an important part of how we draw and adjust legislative districts according to theS. Constitution. By March 2021, the Census Bureau will send redistricting counts to each state to account for population change.
  • To better plan and fund government programs and policies: Census information can be used in planning and funding government programs. This data can also be used to enforce laws, regulations, and policies.
  • To help fight discrimination: Census data helps federal agencies monitor compliance with anti-discrimination provisions, such as those in the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act.
  • To help support children: Relationship data is used in planning and funding government programs that support families, including people raising children alone.
  • To help businesses make informed decisions: It’s not just government agencies that use census data. Private companies often use population and demographic data to help decide where to expand or what products and services to offer.
  • To aid public services and infrastructure in our communities: Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data. In 2015, $675 billion dollars of federal funding was distributed to states and local communities based on previous census data for these purposes.

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Do your part toward helping improve and plan for our community. Be sure to be counted during the 2020 Census. For more information, please visit www.2020census.gov  Also, check them out on YouTube Video HERE and social media HERE!

 

Oreo Roll Out Cookies Recipe from Crumbles Bakery

By Nicole Silva of Crumbles Bakery in Locust Grove

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One of my favorite things about the holidays is coming up with new cookie recipes. I have so many wonderful memories of baking Christmas cookies over the years, and love when I can add a new addition to my list.  You can’t talk Christmas cookies without bringing up the classic decorated sugar cookie.  And now, we will give this classic cookie a twist.

I love everything Oreo: Oreo Cheesecake, Oreo Ice Cream, Oreo Milkshakes, Oreo Cupcakes……you get the point, right? I also have it on good authority that Santa also loves decorated cookies and Oreos……..So I had to figure out the perfect way to get that Oreo punch of flavor into a classic roll out sugar cookie dough. I think I figured out the magic trick for a soft delicious cookie that will still hold its shape. Want to know my secret? Yeah, I thought you would …it’s instant pudding mix! Shhhhh it’s my secret.

So first you’ll need to gather all your ingredients.

Oreo Roll Out Cookie Ingredients:
​1 cup salted butter (softened)
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 box of Jell-O Oreo instant pudding (4.2oz)
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup finely crushed Oreos (optional)


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Cream the butter and sugar together. Add the egg and vanilla until blended. Add the flour and dry Jell-O powder (don’t make the Jell-O, just add the Jell-O mix to the flour). Mix until incorporated, then fold in the optional Oreos. The dough needs to rest for at least 10 minutes at room temperature before you roll it out. I roll these out to 1/4 inch. Adding the optional crushed Oreos can make the dough spread a little, so if you are doing a more detailed shape, leave these out. If you add the optional Oreos, I found that refrigerating the dough for about 2-4 hours helps them spread less. And because I LOVE Oreos, I added an additional 1/2 cup of chopped Oreos to this batch. Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes. They were so yummy my kids ate the first batch with no icing…lol. You can eat them this way, or ice them using your favorite glaze or royal icing recipe.

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Since its almost time for Santa to visit and we always leave him milk and cookies we thought we’d make these cookies shaped like old fashioned bottles of milk. Yum!!! Hope Santa loves them!!!

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And in case you aren’t in the mood to make your own cookies this Christmas season, we will have plenty at the shop! So stop by and check out our Christmas cookie selection.

 

 

Cemeteries aren’t spooky, they’re full of interesting history!

This Halloween, get to know more about the  symbolic designs seen on the Victorian headstones in Locust Grove’s historic cemetery.

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If you’ve ever had the opportunity to visit a historic cemetery, you’ve likely noticed the vast array of memorial styles, often with themes not typically seen in our modern cemeteries. Cemeteries dating back to the Victorian era (1837-1901) in particular are known for their use of symbolic motifs on headstones, monuments, and mausoleums. These symbols are meant to express religious views or illustrate characteristics about the deceased individual. Many times, these pieces are intricately detailed and may also feature the some of the era’s most popular architectural styles, particularly gothic revival or neoclassical elements.

There are many stunning Victorian garden and park cemeteries worthy of a day trip visit, but did you know we also have a Victorian era cemetery right here in our backyard? The Locust Grove Cemetery (which began as the Locust Grove Baptist Cemetery) pre-dates the City’s incorporation by several decades, and contains splendid examples of Victorian mortuary art. Stroll through, and you may notice carved depictions of animals, objects, and natural motifs such as leaves and trees. But why did people of the past select these designs? Here is a brief field guide to historic cemetery symbology with examples from right here in the Grove.


 

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A book carved on a headstone can represent many things. An open book can serve as a religious symbol, meant to depict the Bible or the Book of Life, or symbolize a human heart open to God. The open book may also be used to represent the recording of good deeds done during life, or the deceased’s love of literature and learning.


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The draped urn is a beautiful and frequently used symbol in Victorian cemeteries. This classically inspired design is meant to represent the separation between life and death. The shroud, whether draped over a carved urn or the edge of the stone, symbolizes the veil between the living and the dead or can represent protection of the soul.

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Though difficult to see in these images, doors and gates represent the passage of the soul from the land of the living onward to heaven.

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Wheat

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Oak leaves and stacks of wheat, are used to convey that the deceased had a long, well-lived life.

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Tree

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A tree stump memorial was typically used when life was suddenly cut short. Tree headstones can also mean that the deceased was a member of the fraternal organization Woodmen of the World.

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Lambs are typically found on the headstones or footstones of children, dating back to a time when infant mortality was quite common.


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Doves are commonly seen on young women’s graves. They represent peace, innocence and purity, and may be depicted flying upwards to heaven.


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Depictions of hands are commonly seen on headstones. They represent a final farewell from the deceased to living loved ones. Hands pointing upward are meant to be a reminder that the living should be mindful of the hereafter.


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The evergreen wreath represents eternal life, with no beginning or end.


 

Morning Glories

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Different flowers can have different meanings depending on the type portrayed. These morning glories can represent resurrection or the young age of the deceased.


 

Even though it’s Halloween, we can think of old cemeteries not as being spooky, but as being rich with history!

For more information, go to https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/2141100/locust-grove-city-cemetery or email aogg@locustgrove-ga.gov.

Happy Fall Locust Grove!

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By Ronna Moore of Moyes Pharmacy Locust Grove 

Let me introduce you to our pharmacy. Now, I know Moye’s Pharmacy has been in Locust Grove for many years and has an excellent reputation. However, there have been some changes since I became Pharmacist In Charge last October. For those of you that do not know me my name is Ronna and our goal here at Moyes is to give every patient and customer the best experience possible upon entering our store. We have a great team of dedicated pharmacists,  professional technicians and customer service representatives. What sets us apart from other pharmacies is our commitment to customer service. We strive to greet every person that enters our store with a friendly hello and smile. We are a full service pharmacy, we offer a free delivery service to all of Henry county on Mondays and Thursdays.  We also have unique gifts and healthcare items to offer. We offer flu, pneumonia and shingles vaccines. They are available without an appointment or prescription. In addition, most insurances pay for the flu vaccine so your flu shot may be at no cost for you.

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Since flu season is upon us I would like to point out some facts about the flu vaccine:

  • A flu vaccine cannot give you the flu! The vaccines that are available now are made with an inactivated (killed) flu virus, therefore,  it cannot transmit the flu. The reason you may not feel well after a flu shot is your body’s immune system is at work. It thinks you are getting the flu so it reacts with minor muscle aches , slight fever and soreness around the injection site. It takes 2 weeks for you to reach full protection, so if you get the flu it is because you were exposed to the virus before your immunity was complete. In addition, if the vaccine misses one of the different strains of virus for the year, your symptoms will be less severe than if you did not get the vaccine at all.
  • Who should receive a flu vaccine? The CDC recommends anyone over the age of 6 months should receive an annual flu vaccine.
  • Reasons to get a flu vaccine: keeps you from getting the flu, reduces  flu related hospitalizations for children, working and older adults, prevents more serious illness in persons with chronic conditions, protects women during and after pregnancy, life saving for children and getting vaccinated yourself will protect your loved ones from getting the flu.
  • If you have never gotten a flu vaccine and you are getting older, remember you are getting more susceptible to disease.

That being said, we are now offering CBD products that are being used for arthritis pain, muscle pain, nerve pain,  anxiety, depression, PTSD, insomnia, intestinal problems and many more ailments are being relieved by these products.

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So what is CBD? CBD is the abbreviation for Cannabidiol, the single most prominent naturally occurring molecules called cannabinoids found in industrial hemp (Cannabis Sativa) plants. CBD is a non-psychoactive component of hemp and possesses a wide variety of health benefits while not causing a “high”.

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Why should you purchase your CBD products from Moye’s pharmacy? Our pharmacy sells CBD products that have been scientifically studied and tested for purity, safety and effectiveness. Our staff is knowledgeable and available to talk to you about any of our available products. We also have first hand experience with these products. We have oils, gummies, creams, skin care products as well as pet chews and oils.

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In addition to our CBD line, we have a drink called Biolyte, if you are not familiar with this product you should stop by and get a bottle. It is literally an IV in a bottle. It is used for dehydration caused from overwork, overindulging, and sickness. It is used for muscle cramps, headache, fatigue, side effects from cancer treatment, and a host of other things. It detoxifies,  protects and promotes a healthy liver, as well as decreases nausea and vomiting. It improves brain function and gives you energy. Our staff has first hand experience with Biolyte also and can provide feedback on its results.

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We here at Moyes would also like to invite you to come and visit our gift shop. It has grown in recent months and we have new items arriving for the holiday season.

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We encourage you to stop by and meet our friendly and helpful staff. If we can not help you with all your healthcare needs we will endeavor to find someone who can.

We would also like to acknowledge all of our loyal customers and patients. Thank you for your patience, encouragement and continued patronage of our pharmacy. We appreciate your support and loyalty.

Are you connected but looking for community?

By Lead Pastor Michael Powell of  Southpoint Fellowship in Downtown Locust Grove

 

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Growing up, I didn’t have the internet on my phone. In fact, I didn’t have a phone in my pocket at all. Our family had a phone hanging on the wall in our living room that had amazing new technology called “touch tone”, which replaced the rotary. You can tell I’m dating myself, but I was born in 1984, not the 50’s! It’s been a relatively short time since all the information in the world can be accessed in seconds, no matter where you are in the world. We are more connected now than we ever have been in human history. When I was in elementary school, we wrote to pen pals in other states, and they sent us letters about their lives. Today, everything from major world events to makeup tutorials are streamed live and accessible with a few clicks. We’re connected to literally billions of people on every continent via social media, yet new platforms are popping up every day to fill a void left by the last. According to a recent study published in Fortune magazine, over half of Americans feel lonely most of the time, with the younger generations claiming the largest percentages. For all of our connectedness, we still need more community.
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My brother recently asked me, “if you don’t post it, did it really happen?” Maybe your existence can only be verified by your followers. Or maybe you’re a little more like me (you know, older and wiser), constantly perusing pictures and videos while judging their authenticity. Whether you live for likes or prefer to watch from a distance, one thing is certain- for all of our connectedness, neither is real community.

 

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Our culture thrives on differences- age, income, skin color, voting patterns, and even sports teams. Just observe your feed or any trending topic. But the one need that we all have in common must be anchored and answered by our similarities, not our differences. Our neighborhoods, schools, churches, and families operate best when people from every walk of life are committed to each other in a real, tangible way- with time and conversation.

I’m not opposed to social media (in fact, I’d love to be friends!), but I would encourage you to move beyond simply being connected and learn to better engage your community- that’s how our society will thrive for the good of everyone.

Ways to engage:

Walk across the street and plan a neighborhood cookout with some folks you live beside. 

Check out the Locust Grove city events schedule or like them on Facebook.

Come to Southpoint on a Sunday (right behind French Market)- we start at 10:30 AM and would love to meet you and your family!

Find more info at southpoint.org.

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My Why

By Abbye Clevenger of Broken Vessel Pottery

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Broken Vessel Pottery, the name given to my business nearly 6 years ago. I say it was given to me because at just the right time these words came to life on the page after a long season of seeking direction. I knew I wanted to make pottery after graduating but I needed a deeper “why” behind it all. Simply making pottery out of a love for the craft never really did it for me but sharing a message or a story through my work fired me up! My senior show was a take on inner beauty and that theme gave me a reason to produce heaps of functional ware. So I continued to ask the question “what is my why” and the answer came.

 

Psalm 31:12 was the verse.

I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel..

 Sitting on the floor beside my bed, I opened my Bible after a long week of revelation to the words broken vessel. This particular week in October 2013 was my introduction to End It Movement, the church was on a mission to expose the sex-trafficking industry here in Atlanta and around the world. I hadn’t known of this degree of evil, it was crushing to my naive and protected spirit. With a heavy heart I sat down to read Psalm 31 and found the words that would shape my future work. If I understood the emotion behind the phrases forgotten as a dead man and broken vessel, how much more would a person with deeper wounds?

I often miss my younger self that believed and followed her conviction without doubt or fear. On the floor that day I wept tears of understanding and joy that this was the path laid out for me, this was my why; to use my gifts as a potter to show others their redeemable qualities in the hands of their creator. I wanted to be a visual of Isaih 64:8 to the broken.

Yet you, Lord, are our Father; We are the clay, you are the Potter; we are all the work of your hand.

 

Broken Vessel pottery was born in that moment but life isn’t so straight forward is it? This has been a journey, even as I write I recount all the detours I have taken along the way as fear crept in but this is the beauty in life, we all end up right where we need to be with more wisdom and a fresh perspective.

Six years later, tucked away in the heart of Locust Grove, in the little pottery shack on Jackson street  my why is still the same. Waiting and anticipating new opportunities to love and encourage the broken like me though my gifts as a potter. We are not forgotten, we are not forsaken, we are all redeemable in His hands.

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 But I trust in you, LORD; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me. Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.

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You can follow along and join this journey @bvpottery on social media or at bvpottery.com. If you would like more information on hosting a party, private lessons or where to purchase bvpottery wares please email info@bvpottery.com.

– Abbye

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Dive into Summer with Yoga.

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By Stephanie Epps

Yoga means yoke; to unite the mind, body, and spirit as one. Yoga is a lifelong journey of self-care, self-love, and growth. It allows practitioners to cultivate something new. This 5000+ year old practice is for all ages and abilities. The practice is accessible from seated meditation, to chair yoga, and to standing intense power yoga. At Indigo Soul Yoga we support and encourage all practitioner’s growth on and off the mat. It is an honor to be able to “blog” about yoga during the month of June.

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In December 2014, the United Nations designated the 21st of June as International Yoga Day. We will have a special community event at 6PM on the 21st consisting of 108 sun salutations. Sun salutations are a series of yoga postures performed in a single, graceful flow. Each posture is coordinated with the breath. Inhale as you extend/open/stretch, and exhale as you fold or contract. In addition to June 21st being designated International Yoga Day, it is also the summer solstice. Summer solstice in the US is the longest day of the year; it marks the first day of summer and the moment when the sun reaches its highest point. Attending the 108 sun salutation event can ignite your yoga practice this summer.

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The physical yoga postures support the body while helping focus the mind, spirit, and emotions. Yoga has been incorporated in many fields including for military personnel, healthcare providers, educators, and first responders. Research has found that breathing techniques and meditation have been integral in helping manage stress and response in high stress fields and as a tool for those battling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

At Indigo Soul Yoga we offer Pilates, power yoga, hatha yoga, yin (deep stretching) yoga, restorative yoga, meditation, sound healing, and workshops. Indigo Soul has partnered with the Locust Grove Main Street to offer free yoga in the park throughout the summer. Yoga in the park will be held at 9:30AM at the Locust Grove City Park on June 8th and June 22nd. Additional classes will be announced over the next several months.

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For the summer, adults and children ages 5 and above are welcome to attend our Family Yoga class on Tuesday mornings at 9:30AM. We are also having a Girls Empowered Yoga Camp for ages 8-16 from 8AM-Noon on June 12-14, 2019. These specialty classes are designed to build confidence and connection while empowering children and adults with tools that can be incorporated into every-day life.

At ISY we believe in Power & Rest. Power is the physical practice of poses such as those found in sun salutations; Rest is the relaxation and restoration of the mind, body, and spirit through meditation, breathing, and stillness.

We invite you to drop in for class. New Indigo Soul Yoga students are welcome to receive one month of unlimited yoga classes for $40.00. This introductory pass allows practitioners to attend a variety of classes with different teachers that can help start and grow your practice. Indigo Soul Yoga is located in the heart of downtown Locust Grove at 3835 Hwy 42. You can pass by the studio to say hello, give us a call at 470-332-9409, or check out our website at www.indigosouatl.com. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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