This Sunday My Church, Ball Camp Baptist, Celebrates Its 223 Year Anniversary

Hard to believe that my church was started in 1797 We are not in the same building but the gathering of the congregation has been constant.

Members of the congregation made the brick and cut the logs to make the first building. The site of the present church was the second log cabin and was built around 1830.

This is the Sunbeam Band in 1950. I am the second from the right. I was 7 years old. It was a missionary group for primary age children. We visited the elderly and had other activities in the church. This church has meant a lot to me in the past and it still does to this day.

In 1972, Mary Martin, a faithful leader in the church wrote the first history of Ball Camp Baptist. She wrote “As you read of some of the worthy deeds of our you try to keep alive the yesterdays in order to enrich the you seek to understand the history of this church, you consider what our Lord has done through the lives of those committed to you see how Jesus has piloted this church over many storms..may your own faith be strengthened that our Lord will continue to guide us safely until He comes again. These words written 48 years ago still ring true today as we journey together in these unknown times.

Burns Mailing & Printing Has Some Resources for Businesses That Are Opening

If you are a business that can now be opened, even on a limited basis, do you need supplies such as mask, signs for social distancing, or hand sanitizer and other special needs. Burns has access to such things and can get pricing for you rather quickly.

To find out pricing and availability please email Suzanne McCarter at

Burns Mailing & Printing is open, with a full staff, for all of your graphic design, printing, mailing and promotional needs. You don’t have to come to our location, it can all be done online. Give us a call 865 584-2265

Burns Now Has Access To Hand Sanitizer, Masks And Thermometers

We all know that hand sanitizers, masks and thermometers have been hard to find. Burns is a distributor for promotional products through ASI (Advertising Specialties Institute) and just in the last few days we have found that we can now get these products through ASI. We have been asked by several people where these products are coming from. They are coming from China. These must be ordered in larger quantities and can not be ordered individually.

We are not looking to take advantage of a bad situation and pricing will be our normal pricing. We just want to get the word out that we can get these products now. If you have an need or know someone that has a need. Please email our promotional representative, Suzanne McCarter at or email me at pricing and information.

The Burns crew is working as we have a Federal exemption because we are part of the USPS infrastructure as direct mailers. We hope that all of you and your families are safe and we look forward to this being over and we get back to our new normal.

USPS Temporary Service Suspension

Temporary Service Suspension

The Postal Service™ received notice that various postal operators are no longer able to process or deliver international mail or services originating from the United States due to service disruptions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As a result, the Postal Service is currently unable to accept items destined for affected countries at any Post Office® or postal facility location, effective April 3, 2020, until further notice.

Customers are asked to refrain from entering items addressed to any of the below countries into the USPS system effective immediately:

1.    Botswana 

2.    Cayman Islands

3.    Chad

4.    Ecuador

5.    Fiji

6.    French Polynesia

7.    Honduras

8.    India

9.    Kuwait

10.  Libya

11.  Madagascar

12.  Maldives

13.  Mongolia

14.  New Caledonia

15.  Panama

16.  Peru

17.  Samoa

18.  Saudi Arabia

19.  South Africa

20.  Bolivia

21.  Sri Lanka

22.  Zimbabwe

These service disruptions affect Priority Mail Express International® (PMEI), Priority Mail International® (PMI), First-Class Mail International® (FCMI), First-Class Package International Service® (FCPIS®), International Priority Airmail® (IPA®), International Surface Air Lift® (ISAL®), and M-Bag® items.

For already deposited items, other than GXG, Postal Service employees must endorse them “Mail Service Suspended — Return to Sender” and then place them in the mail stream for return. 

For any returned item bearing a customs form, the Postal Service will, upon request, refund postage and fees on mail returned due to the suspension of service.

For all other returned items not bearing a customs declarations form, the Postal Service will, upon request, refund postage and fees on mail returned due to the suspension of service, or the sender may remail them with the existing postage once service has been restored. When remailing under this option, customers must cross out the markings “Mail Service Suspended — Return to Sender.”

Unless otherwise noted, service suspensions to a particular country do not affect delivery of military and diplomatic mail. 

Please visit our International Service Alerts page for the most up to date information

The Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) and DMM Advisories are available on Postal Explorer® (