Last Weeks News -Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone is enjoying a bountiful meal with their loved ones today. Gary and I had a Thanksgiving meal with our church family this past Sunday. We also shared in a Thanksgiving meal with Gary’s mom, Maxine Lirley, along with Willene Adams and several of her family members. Those gathering at the Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center for this wonderful meal together were: Gary and Alice Lirley; Bob and Angie Adams; Irene Swearingen; Howard Adams; Stanley and Dottie Adams; Lawrence Fossett, his son, Alan Fossett and wife, Debbie, and their children, Shawn and Sarah Fossett, and Amy Fossett. Lawrence Fossett is Willene’s son-in-law. He married her daughter, Willma; who is deceased. The Fossett family resides in California, except for Shawn and Sarah who are newly married and now live in Springfield, Mo. We were all so happy that Willene was feeling well enough to join her family at the Thanksgiving table. I even heard her singing a song that she loves to sing called, “Thank You God for Your Blessings on Me.” I could tell by the smile on her face that she was feeling very blessed that day. Gary and I were so pleased to get to visit with everyone again.
The Sunday morning service at Red Bank began with hymns of thankfulness led by Gary Lirley. The morning welcome was given by Jerry Huff.
Brother Les based the morning sermon on II Samuel 9. King David, out of his love for King Saul’s son, Jonathan, sought out any that were left of his family in which to show his kindness by providing any help he could. When he found that Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth, still lived, he had him brought to him. Then, for Jonathan’s sake, he restored to him all the land of Saul, his grandfather. David also told him that he would be eating bead at his table continually. This show of love is remarkable, seeing as how King Saul, out of a rage of jealousy, had become David’s arc enemy. Jesus’ love for us is also unconditional. Let us remember to be kind to one another in all situations. Be thankful for God’s Great Love.
After the Sunday service, members and guests gathered in the fellowship room for a Thanksgiving Feast. We all had a joyous time eating and having fellowship together.
Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. the children will begin practicing their Christmas Play. We pray they will all be faithful to attend and work hard on their parts.
That’s all the news for now. Take care; stay well; be thankful.
This Weeks News -The Thanksgiving holiday is over, but our thankfulness for blessings that our Father in Heaven bestows upon us should never come to an end. If one thinks they have not been blessed lately, all they have to do is look around them or listen to the news cast to realize that they are the recipients of many blessings.
I wrote in last week’s news article about two Thanksgiving meals that Gary and I enjoyed, but on Thanksgiving Day, we traveled to Collinsville, Oklahoma to share in another bountiful meal with my sister, Joan, and her family. Joan had called me and asked if we could come to visit and surprise her daughter, LeAnn, who we haven’t seen in a few years because she has Cerebral Palsy and is unable to do much traveling anymore. LeAnn and I have a special bond together because when she was a baby, I would work with giving her the exercises that her doctor had prescribed. I remember singing little songs that went along with those exercise moves and sometimes would make some of them up just to keep her laughing at me and keep her mind off of the pain that I know she was suffering. LeAnn is in her 50’s now. She accepted the Lord when she was very young, and makes sure to tell everyone she meets that she is going to Heaven and they need to make sure that they are too. She cannot tell them verbally, but she won’t quit pointing toward the sky until someone translates what she is trying to say. If one was to translate the wrong message that she is trying to make known, she puts up a very loud fuss until the message is corrected and she has an answer. Only then will a big smile come over her face, and she will nod, “Yes,” with her head. It takes a great effort for her to speak what is on her mind, but she is very intelligent and is aware of everything that is said and done around her. If one doesn’t believe that she understands, just try telling her a joke or something sad and see if she laughs or cries. Anyway, Gary and I stepped from the shadows of the big room we were in to surprise her when she arrived. When she saw us, she let out a squeal that could be heard by everyone, and threw open her arms to embrace the both of us. We are so thankful that she is a part of our lives.
Les Hallmark and his daughter, Miranda, made a trip to Illinois last weekend in order to attend their cousin, Betty’s, funeral. Miranda especially loved and felt very close to this special lady in her life, and wanted to be with her family during their time of grief. Since they were gone from their home during the Thanksgiving holiday, Les and Miranda spent Thanksgiving Day in the home of Les and Eloise’s brother-in-law, A. Lee Unger, who lives in Branensville, Illinois. Les said that even though they were grateful they could share a meal with loved ones during the Holiday, it saddened them that they were unable to have the traditional Thanksgiving meal with their immediate family at home.
I asked several of our congregation who they spent the Thanksgiving holiday with. Jeane Huff reported that two of her sons, Jake Hampton and Danny Hampton, his wife, Kari and daughters, Emma and Kate came to share a meal with her and Jerry.
Jerry, Tattie and their daughter, Zorianna Maggard, spent Thanksgiving Day visiting and sharing in a meal with Jerry’s parents and also with her parents and other family members.
Jennifer and Lee Lakey, along with their son, Aaron, traveled to Smithton, Mo. to spend Thanksgiving with her brother Matt and wife Paula. She said that they also enjoyed getting to visit with another brother, Rodney, his wife, Vicky, and their new baby girl. They were thrilled to get to see the baby for the first time. Jennifer has a sister, Melinda, and her family that they also visited with during this special trip. She also mentioned that when they all got together they shared a meal of finger foods and soups which gave them more time to visit and less time spent preparing big dish foods and washing gobs of dishes. This was important since they don’t get to see each other often.
The Red Bank Church service began with Gary Lirley leading in hymns. Jerry Huff gave the morning welcome.
For the morning message, Brother Les chose Matthew 24:15-22 as his main text which speaks of being prepared for the days of tribulation that are to come. Even though all these things will surely come to pass, we need not fear if we have made preparation to be with Jesus, during that time or at our appointed time of death. The main point is that we have been put here on this earth for the purpose of loving God and having fellowship with him. He loved us so much that he gave us the gift of his only begotten Son to pay the price for our sins. We have a choice of accepting the gift of his Son, Jesus, and the promise of eternal life with him or rejecting His gift for an eternal life with Satan. His gift to us is free. For instructions to accept this free gift offer and be an instant winner, please read Romans 10:9-10.
Visiting with Maxine Lirley at the Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center was Gary and Alice Lirley, Jeane Huff. On the way to Maxine’s room, I stopped to visit with Robert Adams and wish him a happy birthday. We were going to visit with Willene Adams and wish her a happy birthday too, but we were told that she was sleeping. Their birthdays are only two days apart. We decided not to disturb her and visit with her at another time.
That’s all the news I have for now. Take care and bask in the warmth of God’s love.