Welcome to “As We Serve with Significance”!  I try to serve with significance in my community every day, a community which varies from day to day.  Yesterday I took food to a friend recovering from surgery.  Today I met with my prayer group.  Tomorrow I plan to call four friends to wish them Thanksgiving blessings.  And so my life goes, as I serve with significance.

One of the significant things no one can escape from is the history of their surroundings.  Johnson City, Tennessee, my hometown, is preparing to celebrate our Sesquicentennial, or 150th birthday, on Sunday, December 1. 

On December 1, 1869, Johnson City “received its first charter from the state of Tennessee under the name of Johnson City.” (Source: Greater Johnson City A Pictorial History.)  Certainly much significant and lengthy work went into that event, well before the advent of devices that would ease the process today.

Thanks for visiting Johnson's Depot and plan to spend some time with us!

This is a picture of Henry Johnson, the founder of Johnson City.  Thank you to http://www.stateoffranklin.net/ for providing it.  And http://www.stateoffranklin.net/ is a treasure trove of great information!

The December 1, 1887 issue of The Comet,  the first Johnson City newspaper, reported that “Boston society has promised to read the Bible this winter.  Boston fashionables  are always looking for something new.” While it’s not a new practice, I’ve tried to read the Bible through every year for many years.  And most years, I’ve accomplished that.  Certainly the Bible is significant!

In the December 2, 1915, issue of The Comet,  the Frank Taylor Store advertised “big reductions on all our Suits and  Coats for the next few days”.  The store was located at 212 Main Street. 

What’s significant to you?


Copyright, November 21, 2019 by Rebecca Henderson

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    July 7, 2020 by

    People who know me well know of my love of membership-based organizations.  I have studied them most of my adult life.  Some of my study has been formal, in a classroom, but much more has been informal, as a member of many different membership-based organizations.  They are all different, just as we are different.  They… Read more

  • Four Years Ago……

    June 30, 2020 by

    June 28, 2016, was one of the most exciting days of my life.  It was the day my book, Serving With Significance,  was published!   Since beginning my blog, I’ve had several people ask me to blog a bit about my book.  Today’s a great day for just that! I will write more about my book… Read more

  • I Did a Guest Blog!

    June 23, 2020 by

    I recently had a great memory of a guest blog I did pop up on my Facebook timeline.  It took me by surprise and the surprise was doubly-good because I had all but forgotten about writing the blog.  I immediately contacted Mary Ellen Miller, who asked me to do the guest blog for her.  I… Read more

  • It Started Out As Pizza…..

    June 16, 2020 by

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  • How Will the Pandemic Change Us?

    June 9, 2020 by

    This blog post originally appeared in an extremely similar form in the Johnson City Press “Community Voices” column.  I so appreciate Sam Watson, Content Editor of the Johnson City Press for allowing me to repurpose my column into this week’s blog. All of us more than a decade or two old have watershed moments in… Read more

  • Ronda Paulson – Guest Blog Post

    June 2, 2020 by

    Leadership is visionary.  Great leaders have a great vision.  This week’s guest blogger is a boundless leader with a tremendous vision.  Ronda Paulson began with a vision and it’s coming to fruition, even as I write this post.  Thank you, Ronda, for being my guest blogger this week. I met Ronda Paulson many years ago… Read more

  • Debbie McAlear – Guest Blog Post

    May 26, 2020 by

    In March, my friend and prayer partner, Debbie McAlear posted this on Facebook.  Although some of Debbie’s thoughts are just a bit outdated because of the timing, most of them still ring true.  For the few that are currently a bit old, read and remember, in case we have to face something similar in the… Read more

  • Girl Scout Cookies! There’s Still Time!

    May 12, 2020 by

    People who know me well know I was involved as an adult volunteer in the Girl Scouting organization for well over 3 decades.  I served in various capacities, ranging from committee member to board member to council officer.  It was my great honor to serve as President of the Girl Scouts of the Appalachians Council… Read more

  • Bundles for Britain Then, Masks Now

    May 5, 2020 by

    Attributed to various philosophers, “The more things change, the more they stay the same” is most frequently credited to Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr.  In these days of continuing COVID-19, as I write these words, that quote certainly seems appropriate. I recently read The Great Influenza by John Berry.  Similarly to today, people were encouraged to wear… Read more

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  1. Congratulations on starting your blog! I think what’s significant to me about serving others is remembering that it should be rooted, watered, and covered with REAL LOVE. Just as Paul wrote to the Corinthians, we can give all kinds of efforts and sacrifices and words to others, but if our motive isn’t genuine love for our fellow man, it’s all just smoke and mirrors. Too much of the time we offer “service” that is based on manipulation, self-aggrandizement, or obligation (and I’m guilty as charged) instead of actually caring for other people. I pray that, as we follow your blog, God will use your words to let His love well up inside of us, so that we become His fountains of life-giving service!


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