I hope everyone was able to make the tax deadline in time. I heard some say that they had to make sure to get theirs in the mail yesterday before midnight. I don’t like to put that much pressure on myself. I never get our taxes in early, but I hate waiting till the last minute to get them sent, even though, a few times in my life, I got pretty close to doing just that.
The Red Bank Church service began with hymns led by Jake Hampton. A warm welcome to members and guest was given by Jerry Huff. Birthday mission offerings were given in honor of two members of Lee and Jennifer Lakey’s family. Brother Les reminded the congregation of the monthly Praise service and church fellowship meal would be held that evening. Everyone was encouraged to attend and bring a song, testimony, reading or a poem of inspiration; along with a dish of food to share. In Sunday school and Children’s Church, we are working on memorizing the Lord’s Prayer, Psalms 23, John 3:16 and all 66 books of the Bible. The children also have a good selection of songs they enjoy singing. Of course, everyone enjoys hearing Bible stories and participating in answering Bible trivia questions and being challenged in Bible drills.
Brother Les spoke from Genesis 32:22 concerning Jacob and his journey to escape his brother, Esau’s, anger after being tricked out of his rightful inheritance of being the first born son of Isaac. It took the power of prayer to overcome the obstacles of life that Jacob ran into during this time. Conviction of angering his brother drove Jacob to call upon God’s help in this recorded prayer, Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother with the children. (Vs. 11) It is revealed in the rest of this story, how he was forgiven not only by God, but also by his brother. Brother Les used this text of Scripture to relate that being convicted of our sins can bring us into a better relationship with God through the power of prayer. Having a good relationship with our Father in Heaven is the one and only element of our lives that will provide us with the peace and power that passes all understanding.
Sunday evening everyone enjoyed singing and listening to special music that was presented. We had three guitar players and a piano to help us raise the roof in singing praises to the Lord. The Children in attendance found much joy in singing several songs they knew. After the service, we gathered in the fellowship room for food and lots more fellowship.
Saturday afternoon, Gary and I visited with Maxine Lirley. She was preparing for a trip to Springfield to visit one of her doctors. She may have to have one of the screws removed from her repaired hip bone because it is believed to be causing her much pain in that area. She does not relish the idea of more surgery, but neither does she want to look forward to putting up with constant pain when she tries to walk. She desires our prayers.
This school year is winding down. I visited with Miranda Hallmark for a few minutes after Church and she said that she was kept quite busy between preparing for her finals and keeping up with all her extra curricular activities. Her picture was in the paper recently for being one of the Bradleville High School winners in the Missouri Senior Beta Club State Convention held in Branson, Mo. We are very proud of Miranda for being the senior runner-up winner in the English competition. Miranda will be heading for college in Illinois after she graduates from High School this year. Our love and prayers will go with her.
While Gary and I were having breakfast at one of our Ava restaurants Saturday morning, we enjoyed a nice visit with Dr. and Mrs. Max Decker about the book Dr. Decker has recently published called, 2 Good 2 Be 4 Gotten. It’s a book filled with Ozark folklore. I told him that the one thing I enjoyed most about reading his book was that it contained many folklore stories told by people from our local counties. I couldn’t help but chuckle at many of them. I am so happy he took the time and effort to write his book. I don’t have to worry about forgetting some of the things that were said and done in our past because now have a permanent record of it all in my personal library.
That’s all the news for now. Take care and let’s all remember to give God the Praise and Glory that He desires from each of us.