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A friend emailed me an ar­ti­cle the other day. The ar­ti­cle re­viewed a study cover­ing 5,000 ge­nius chil­dren for 45 years. It was ti­tled “A Study of Math­e­mat­i­cally Pre­co­cious Youth” or SMPY. I am puz­zled over the email’s im­pli­ca­tion, but I re­main too old to take of­fense.

I read the ar­ti­cle with some in­ter­est. Af­ter all, I wanted to know how I rated. Cu­rios­ity is not for­eign to me. In the fourth grade, my teacher, Mrs. Stur­geon, handed me an en­ve­lope to take to the of­fice. Im­por­tant en­velopes should be sealed and fourth-graders need to be ac­com­pa­nied by guards.

I can still see the class­room and Mrs. Stur­geon’s ap­prov­ing smile. I re­mem­ber walk­ing past my class, to­ward the door lead­ing to the of­fice. The hall­way was quiet, the waxed floors glis­ten­ing, re­flect­ing light. Cu­rios­ity may be the softer side of temp­ta­tion, and on this day, my softer side sur­faced. On the way, un­guarded, cal­cu­lat­ing time and op­por­tu­nity, I opened the en­ve­lope to see my test re­sults. It was my IQ.

Years later, I told my chil­dren this story with some pride. I wanted them to know I was smart enough to open the en­ve­lope. They didn’t buy it. “D-a-a-a-d,” came the re­sponse. I ex­pe­ri­enced the same re­jec­tion when re­cently, I at­tempted to hook up my new smart TV. It al­most beat me but de­ter­mined not to let it win, I called in re­in­force­ments.

Our own eyes de­ceive us. We see and do not com­pre­hend. Left to our own de­vices, our pride re­presses our guilt, re­fram­ing temp­ta­tion into cu­rios­ity. “The way of the fool is right in his own eyes,” says Proverbs. I sur­mise there are a lot of fools walk­ing around, es­pe­cially fourth-graders glid­ing alone in quiet hall­ways. Com­pet­ing for noth­ing more than cen­ter stage, life sub­sumes my wak­ing mo­ments into a ta­pes­try of frus­tra­tions amid eter­nal joys. Re­cent cir­cum­stances tell me life is some­thing to be lived and en­gaged. The ta­pes­try re­minds me I know what I know, but out­side of what I know, I know noth­ing. The vast fron­tier of what I do not know hum­bles me.

As Mom al­ways said, “A word to the wise should be suf­fi­cient.” Her in­fer­ence never left me. I should be wise enough, hum­ble enough, to seek wis­dom from those bet­ter, smarter, older and more ex­pe­ri­enced. She meant I should never cher­ish my own pride, make sure char­ac­ter wins over be­hav­ior and know my lim­its. We are called to be bet­ter than we are. It’s a damn hard thing to do. Cu­rios­ity could well be the art­ful dodger pick­ing our mind’s pocket leav­ing us void of (or at least di­verted from) God’s true in­tent while we glide alone in quiet hall­ways. Alas, we are not saved by our wits, just some good old suf­fi­cient grace.

“Those who have ears to hear, let them hear” (Matthew 11:15). Men and women in tra­di­tional dress ride on fes­tively adorned horses from the St. Colo­man church near Sch­wan­gau, Ger­many. They are par­tic­i­pants of the an­nual St. Colo­man Ride held on the sec­ond Sun­day of Oc­to­ber. Rid­ers par­tic­i­pate in

Adairsville Church of God, 297 Old Dixie High­way, Adairsville, hosts Adairsville Church of God Kidz ev­ery Sun­day morn­ing at 11 a.m.

Bi­ble Bap­tist Church, 151 Bert Road, will hold a re­vival Mon­dayWed­nes­day or as the Spirit moves at 7 p.m. nightly. Evan­ge­list Steve Kelly will be bring­ing the mes­sage. For more in­for­ma­tion call 706-766-2617.

Dykes Creek Bap­tist Church, 46 Dykes Creek Church Road, will cel­e­brate home­com­ing Sun­day from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Dr. Abel Robles will be preach­ing and Heir­born will lead praise and wor­ship. A cov­ered-dish meal will be served fol­low­ing ser­vice.

Faith Tem­ple of Je­sus Christ, 542 Bran­ham Ave., will ob­serve its an­nual Hat and Tie Day on Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. The guest speaker and church will be Bishop Nor­ris Allen and New Hope Cathe­dral Church of God. Din­ner will be served af­ter the mid­day ser­vice. For more in­for­ma­tion call 706-936-8722 or 706-676-0930.

First Chris­tian Church, 209 E. Sec­ond Ave., will hold wor­ship (ca­sual/busi­ness ca­sual dress) Sun­day at 11 a.m. Sun­day School is at 10 a.m. Morn­ing cof­fee is each Thurs­day from 7-9 a.m. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact the church of­fice at romedis­ci­

Fla­trock Bap­tist Church, 848 Cun­ning­ham Road, will cel­e­brate their 147th church an­niver­sary on Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. The Rev. James Har­ris and the First Corinth Chris­tian Church will be the guests. For more in­for­ma­tion call 706-234-9976.

Greater Mount Cal­vary Bap­tist Church, 445 E. 14th St., will hold fall re­vival Oct. 16-19 at 7 p.m. nightly. The Rev. Cedric Wil­liams, pas­tor of Cedar Grove Bap­tist Church, Cedar Bluff, Alabama, will be the guest preacher for the week. The church will host the Wings of Glory Thanks­giv­ing Songfest on Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. All groups, choirs, soloists and praise dance teams are in­vited. Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the Thanks­giv­ing Day Love Feast. Do­na­tions may be sent to P.O. Box 161. For more in­for­ma­tion call 706-2342091 or 706-234-5047 on Sun­days.

Greater Mount Ta­bor Bap­tist Church, 259 Her­ring Road, Ar­muchee, will cel­e­brate Pas­tor Regi­nald McDaniel’s sec­ond year at the church with a pre-an­niver­sary din­ner mu­si­cal gala on Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Love­joy Bap­tist Church Joy Life Cen­ter, 426 Bran­ham Ave. Tick­ets are $20. Call 706290-3500 for tick­ets.

Metropoli­tan United Methodist Church, 700 Broad St., will cel­e­brate its 150th church an­niver­sary with chil­dren and youth ser­vices on Sun­day at 11 a.m. Min­is­ter Courtney Hark­ness will be guest speaker. There will be a pew rally at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Wendy Owens and the choir of Shady Grove United Methodist Church. The Rev. Har­vey Palmer will be the speaker.

Mount Alto Bap­tist Church, 1915 Huf­faker Road, will host a free fam­ily fall fes­ti­val on Satur­day from 5-8 p.m. with food, games, dunk­ing booth, hayride, bon­fire and live en­ter­tain­ment. The church will hold re­vival Sun­day at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. and Oct. 16-18 at 6:30 p.m. nightly. Pas­tor Ralph Jenk­ins will be the guest preacher and Mark Hooker and the praise team from Grace Bap­tist Church will lead wor­ship. A nurs­ery will be pro­vided. For more in­for­ma­tion call 706-232-6222.

a pa­rade as well as a wor­ship ser­vice, in which the horses are blessed. Ac­cord­ing to lore, the Ir­ish­man Colo­man passed through Sch­wan­gau on his pil­grim­age to Jerusalem, where he rested, preached and looked af­ter live­stock.

Mount Olive Bap­tist Church, 17 E. Pen­ning­ton Ave., will host a free com­mu­nity health fair on breast cancer aware­ness and ed­u­ca­tion on Oct. 28 from 9-11 a.m. For more in­for­ma­tion call 706-234-6413.

New An­ti­och Bap­tist Church, 4553 Cal­houn Road, will cel­e­brate home­com­ing and a note burn­ing on Sun­day at 10:30 a.m. Brad Prater will be guest speaker. A cov­ered-dish lunch will fol­low ser­vice.

New Canaan Bap­tist Church,3 Ex­cel­sior St., will host Trunk or Treat with games, food and fun Oct. 28 from 1-3 p.m. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Carey Wright at 706-766-1152.

New Hope Bap­tist Church, 399 Moran Lake Road, will cel­e­brate its 20th pas­toral ap­pre­ci­a­tion ser­vices for Pas­tor K.B. Woods and First Lady Pamela Woods on Sun­day at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

North Broad Bap­tist Church, 1309 N. Broad St., will cel­e­brate their 150th an­niver­sary on Oct. 22 at 10:30 a.m. fol­lowed by a ban­quet at noon. Call 706-295-2100 or email shan­da_­dou­glas@bell­south. net for more in­for­ma­tion.

NorthPointe Church, 30 Or­chard Road, Adairsville, hosts Cel­e­brate Re­cov­ery, a Christ­cen­tered re­cov­ery pro­gram, ev­ery Mon­day night. Cross Talk Cafe at 6 p.m., large group wor­ship at 7 p.m. and open share groups at 8 p.m. Visit www. north­ or con­tact Kitty at 404-642-3605 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Pis­gah Bap­tist Church, 5603 Alabama High­way, holds prayer ev­ery Wed­nes­day at 8:30 p.m. The church will hold re­vival Sun­day to Wed­nes­day at 7 p.m. nightly with Blake Dodd and Chil­dren of Prom­ise pro­vid­ing mu­sic. Fall Fes­ti­val is on Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. Call 706-232-4431 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Pleas­ant Val­ley North Bap­tist Church, 735 Old Sum­merville Road, holds a praise and wor­ship ser­vice Sun­days at 10:45 a.m. in the fel­low­ship hall with mu­sic by Ben Thorn­ton and the Praise Band. A blended ser­vice is held at the same time in the sanc­tu­ary.

Rome First United Methodist Church, 202 E. Third Ave., holds con­tem­po­rary wor­ship Sun­day at 9 a.m. in the Gar­nett M. Wilder Cen­ter and tra­di­tional wor­ship at 11 a.m. in the his­toric sanc­tu­ary. Sun­day School and small groups for ev­ery age meet at 10 a.m. Visit www.rome­ for more in­for­ma­tion.

St. An­drew’s Angli­can Church, 42 Ash St., meets for Holy Com­mu­nion on Sun­days at 9:30 a.m. For more in­for­ma­tion call 706-506-1241.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 911 N. Broad St., of­fers Satur­day vigil Masses at 5:30 p.m. in English and at 7 p.m. in Spanish; Sun­day Masses are 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. in English and at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. in Spanish. LIFETEEN, the High School Youth Min­istry Group, will meet on Sun­day from 4-6 p.m. at the John Paul II Cen­ter. For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion on any church ac­tiv­i­ties or pro­grams con­tact the church of­fice at 706-290-9000 or at Dea­conNes­lin@sm­

St. Paul AME Church, 106 E. Sixth Ave., will cel­e­brate its 147th an­niver­sary on Sun­day at 3 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Larry Hud­son, a na­tive of Rome and Pre­sid­ing El­der of the At­lanta North Ge­or­gia An­nual Con­fer­ence, will be the speaker. Din­ner will be served at 1:30 p.m. For more in­for­ma­tion call 706-295-3557 or 770-910-3599. Karl-Josef Hilden­brand / dpa via AP

St. Peter’s Epis­co­pal Church, 101 E. Fourth Ave., of­fers ser­vices of Holy Eucharist at 8:30 a.m. in the chapel and 10 a.m. in the church each Sun­day. A ser­vice of Holy Eucharist in Spanish is of­fered Sun­days at 5 p.m. in the chapel. Mid­week Eucharist ser­vices are held on Tues­days at 12:15 p.m. and on Wed­nes­days at 5:30 p.m. in the chapel. Nurs­ery is of­fered dur­ing the 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist. Chil­dren’s Chapel is also avail­able for chil­dren ages pre-K through third grade dur­ing the 10 a.m. ser­vice. Chris­tian for­ma­tion and Sun­day School are of­fered for chil­dren, youth and adults at 11:15 a.m. on Sun­days. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.stpeter­ or call 706-291-9111.

Sec­ond Av­enue United Methodist Church, 801 E. Sec­ond Ave., will have a yard sale, El­li­jay ap­ple sale and fall fes­ti­val with games, face paint­ing and more on Satur­day from 7-11 a.m. Free hot dogs and drinks at 11 a.m. Sun­day School be­gins at 10 a.m. and ser­vice with the Rev. Mil­lie Kim be­gins at 11 a.m. on Sun­days. For more in­for­ma­tion call David Gre­sham at 706237-7146 or visit

Sil­ver Creek Bap­tist Church, 1600 Booze Moun­tain Road, will have a singing Sun­day dur­ing the evening ser­vice at 6 p.m. Rick Allen King from Nashville will be singing.

Spring­field Bap­tist Church, 113 Smith St., will host MJR Min­istries’ an­nual com­mu­nity re­vival Wed­nes­day through Fri­day at 7 p.m. nightly. Guest choirs and psalmists fea­tured nightly. The church will cel­e­brate the 12th pas­toral an­niver­sary of Pas­tor Bryant T. Steans and fam­ily on Oct. 22 at 11 a.m. Pas­tor Wil­lie Mosley and Evans Grove Bap­tist Church of Wake For­est, North Carolina, will be the guests. Din­ner will be served fol­low­ing ser­vice. For more in­for­ma­tion call 706-295-7217.

Sum­mer Hill AME Church, 1981 Kingston Road, will have Fam­ily & Friends Day on Sun­day at 3 p.m. Spring­field Mis­sion­ary Bap­tist Church and the Rev. Bryant Steans will be the guests. Lunch will be served at 1:30 p.m. For more in­for­ma­tion call the Rev. Pow­ell at 706-235-7113.

Trans­fig­u­ra­tion Epis­co­pal Church, 304 Coker Drive, will cel­e­brate Holy Eucharist on Sun­day at 11 a.m. The Bless­ing of the An­i­mals will be held at 3 p.m. rain or shine. Tues­day Trav­el­ers will not meet. On Wed­nes­day, Al-Anon will meet in the parish hall at noon and there will be a pub­lic ser­vice of heal­ing with Eucharist at 6 p.m. On Thurs­day, an Al­co­holics Anony­mous women’s meet­ing will be held at 6 p.m.

Unity Bap­tist Church, 2261 Pleas­ant Val­ley Road, Sil­ver Creek, will host Broth­er­hood & Sis­ter­hood on Mon­day at 7 p.m. Mike Souther­land will be preach­ing and Wanda Kines of Doyle Road Bap­tist Church will be Lady Speaker. Sup­per will be served. The church will have Old Fash­ioned Day on Oct. 22. Dewey Atch­ley will be preach­ing. The church will hold fall re­vival Oct. 23-25 at 7 p.m. nightly. J. Clin­ton Green will be preach­ing. For de­tails call 706-844-8628.

West Rome United Methodist Church, 1003 Shorter Ave., will hold ser­vices at 11 a.m. on Sun­day. The ser­mon, “Full of Grace and Truth,” comes from John 1:118. The church will hold Bi­ble study with Bar­bara Davis on Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.we­stromeumc. org, call 706-234-6214 or email wrumc@bell­

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