Praise item: the rain. Prayer requests: Johnny Hicks, Sharon and Van Renfrow, Judy Marler, Teresa Crisp and family, Jennifer Alexander, Gary (being ordained) and Cherise Coy, Wayco (upcoming marriage), Kristen Smith and family, Mike and Barb Tate’s family, our country and servicemen, cancer patients, David Alexander’s wife, neighbors, and church families. The choir performed a special. We appreciate Tammi Housley for all her hard work as choir/ special music director in the absence of Sharon Renfrow who is having hip surgery this week. Birthdays: Virginia Serghides, Glenda Jones, Marilyn Marah, and Jennifer Alexander. Anniversary: Monte and Sandy Housley. Stanley and Glenda Jones performed a special as well as Jamie Guilliams. We appreciate Jamie for providing special music in the Sunday night services. Great job, Jamie. Children’s Church: Virginia Serghides. Sermon today by Bro. Rick Batten: Ezra 7: 6-9; and 8: 21. Bro. Rick explained that many think everything in the world is bad; but we forget sometimes that the “good hand of God is upon us”; just like in the book of Ezra. He said he appreciates the news casts that have a positive “puppy dog” story at the end. Some very good things are now happening in our country: (1) we are now going back to nature by supporting farmers and such things as the Farmer Markets; (2) we are now sharing more and helping others in need, and we are learning to use what we have in today’s economy; plus we can have a good time with our families w/o spending much money, (3) worrying about our country can also be a good thing, because it drives us back to prayer. UPCOMING EVENTS: This Saturday, September 22, 2:00 p.m. fellowship and Outreach with a Clay Bird Shoot at the church. Come enjoy the fun, fellowship, and refreshments 2-5 p.m. approximately. September 29- ladies attending the Wilder play in Mansfield. September 30- Becky (Stanley and Glenda’s daughter) will be our guest singer in morning worship. COME AND BRING A FRIEND. Questions: Bro. Rick Batten 683-5657; 417-250-0918/ Shelby Housley 746-4743/ or Shelby Moore 746-4751.