I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter holiday. It was one of the most beautiful Easter Days that I can remember enjoying. Usually, it is quite cold and blustery.
Yesterday was the first day of April. Also commonly known as April Fools Day. The closest I came to falling for an April Fools joke was while watching a young man ask his girl friend to marry him on a National T.V. program. He and the T.V. host and guest seemed stumped for something to say when she would not answer him with a, “Yes.” She became very emotional and asked that the cameras be turned off. The whole thing seemed like an embarrassing night mare until the young couple broke out into a laugh and said, “April Fool.” They later confessed that they had actually been married for quite some time. I must say, their actions were very convincing.
Easter Sunday at Red Bank began with hymns led by Gary Lirley. A warm welcome was given by Jerry Huff. Music for the Worship hour was led by Jake Hampton. Brother Les announced that the Fifth Sunday Singing would be held that same evening at the Breeden Church. He reminded the members to attend the monthly business meeting on Wednesday, April 3rd. The Children’s CiA mission group also meets on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Bro Les made special mention that the Memorial service for the late, Bill Holland, will be held at the Red Bank Church on Sat, April 7th, at 10:30 a.m. All his relatives and friends are encouraged to attend. Everyone that attends is also invited to a special meal planned in his honor after the service.
For the morning sermon, Brother Les read scripture from Luke 24:17-27 which tells about Jesus joining two men on the road leading to a village called Emmaus. He asked them what they were talking about and they related to him the story of how Jesus of Nazareth had been delivered by the chief priest and their ruler to be condemned to death and they had crucified him. Not realizing that they were talking to the risen, Jesus, they told Him that the women that came looking for his body saw a vision of angels which said that he was alive. Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his Glory? Brother Les then read from Psalms 20 which describes the suffering that Jesus allowed himself to be subjected to in order to pay the price for our sins. “We have all sinned and come short of God’s Glory, from the time we were babies and began to disobey and show our independence, by telling our parents, “NO,” said Brother Les. As the Apostle Paul said, But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
The Children’s Church Choir did a marvelous job of presenting a special program of music for the Easter service. Brother Les and Eloise also sang special music appropriate for the occasion.
After everyone shared a bountiful meal together, they all enjoyed watching the children scramble in the Church yard to find all the hidden Easter eggs they could to fill their baskets with. All the plastic eggs had surprises in them; to the children’s delight. It was also an opportune time to take photo’s of families and of course of the children and their baskets of eggs.
It was good to have Pam Shell back with us for the Easter Church service. She has not been able to attend in the last few months because she was dedicated in taking care of Bill’s medical needs. She had a lot of wonderful help during his terminal illness, but he still needed her loving, tender care 24 hours a day. It was also our pleasure to welcome several other guests who came to worship with us.
Maxine Lirley was also feeling able to attend the Easter services with us. Gary and I took her home with us after all the festivities. We had a good time visiting with her and Jeane Huff who came by later to take her back home.
That’s all the news for now. Take care.