Burrr! It was so cold out today. I’m glad I did my grocery shopping last Friday when it was much warmer. I can’t stand the cold weather like I used to. I remember one Christmas morning when our children were young, and so were we, that we got up at 4:00a.m.to do the chores so we could be at Gary’s folk’s house by 6:00 a.m. to open gifts after Clyde, Gary’s dad, read the Christmas story from the Bible. I noticed that as I was feeding the calves their bottles of milk that morning that my hands and feet began to feel numb from the cold. After I got back to the house, I found out that they had a good reason to feel colder because of the fact that the temperature had fell to 10 degrees below 0 during the night. But, I didn’t let that fact bother me because I had things to do and places to go. Now it bothers me to think of just sticking my head outside the door when the temperature starts dropping a little.
Brother Jake Hampton was on hand Sunday to begin the Red Bank Church service by leading in hymns. We missed our pianist, Jeane Huff, who was reported to be ill from a flu bug. We pray that she will feel better soon and be able to be back with us. Brother Jerry Huff gave the morning welcome, and introduced the Sunday school lesson.
Brother Les announced that the Christmas program will be held on the 23rd of December. The starting time has been set for 6:00p.m. Everyone is asked to bring a finger food or Christmas goodie to share in a fellowship meal after the program. He also reminded the congregation that the Fifth Sunday Singing will be held at the Red Bank Church on Dec. 30. That service will begin at 6:00 p.m. A food fellowship will follow the service. Everyone is encouraged to bring a dish of their favorite food and stay for this special time together.
Eloise Hallmark sang, “O Holy Night,” for special music. The morning sermon entitled, “The Mission of the Cross,” was based on Scripture from Hebrews 10:1-39. The Apostle Paul states the mission of Jesus dying on the Cross clearly in verse 12-14, by saying, But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”
The practice for the Christmas play is on going every Sunday and Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. Everyone is very excited about being a part of the play and other parts of the program which includes poems and special music.
Visiting with Maxine Lirley last week was Jeane Huff, Gary and Alice Lirley and Ralph and Barbadeen Laughlin. As I was walking down the hall to visit with Maxine, I saw Bob Adams and his mother, Willene Adams, who were visiting together. I took a few minutes to stop and say, Hello,” and see how they were feeling. It was a joy to see a smile on Willene’s face and hear her cheery voice again. She is now able to walk short distances, without much pain, since her broken hip was repaired. I’ve been told that it is easier to recover from a broken hip than from a broken leg bone. I think Maxine can attest to that fact. She is still experiencing pain when she puts much weight on her repaired, broken leg. But, she is determined to get past that pain and walk again. Those girls are an inspiration to us all to never give up in overcoming the adversities of life. They both put their trust in the power of their Lord and Master and keep on keeping on as long as he gives them breath because they know that He has plans for their service to Him.
That’s all the news for now. Take care. Enjoy this special Christmas season, and keep in mind that Jesus birth is the real reason to celebrate it.