Hello everyone. I am enjoying our air conditioner this week. How about you? It’s the next Electric bill that I probably won’t enjoy. But it’s still worth it just to feel cool on a hot day.
Church service at Red Bank began with hymns led by Gary Lirley. Jerry Huff provided a warm welcome to members and guest. Jake Hampton was on hand to lead the congregation in hymns for the Worship service. It was announced that the Fifth Sunday Singing would be held on the last Sunday night of June which would be on the 30th. We were not sure which church would be hosting this special event so I called Sue Brown and asked her about the details. She told me that the singing will be held at the Goodhope Nazarene Church. It will begin at 6:00 p.m. There will be a food fellowship held after the service. Bring a dish of your favorite food and enjoy singing together and eating together.
The text Brother Page used for the morning sermon was taken from the book of Haggai. The Jews had spent sixteen years of rebuilding the temple after their return from Babylonian exile, but then they begin to spend more and more time taking care of their own affairs until the work on the temple came to a halt. The prophet, Haggai, was sent by the Lord to help them realize that they were taking care of their own business first and letting the Lord’s business be the last item on their list of things to do, if at all. In Haggai 1: 8 God sent word by Haggai to the people, Go up to the mountain, and bring wood and build the house and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the Lord. He went on to let them know in vs. 9-10 that His house lay in ruin because they had run every man unto his own house. Therefore He had called for a drought upon the land and they would lose everything including all the labor of their hands. The leaders and remnant of the people were then stirred up by the Word sent from the Lord and the Scripture says in vs.14 that they came and did work in the house of the Lord of host, their God. Brother Page used this Scripture to remind us, as God’s people, to not be complacent and leave God’s work go undone just to accomplish something for ourselves, but to step out on faith and look forward to putting God first in our lives. There is much to do in furthering the work of the Lord, and each one of us have been given a talent for service. God has always blessed the work of willing, faithful servants.
There was a good turn out for the Memorial service held for the late, Sharon Lakey, at the Goodhope Cemetery. The gazebo was a wonderful place for us to gather before the service began. Everyone then gathered around the grave site to hear words spoken from a minister and sing several hymns led by Danny Johnson and Glen Robertson with string instrumental a compliment
Many enjoyed the Hale reunion held at the Goodhope General Baptist Church last Tuesday afternoon.
Visiting with Maxine Lirley was Gary and Alice Lirley and Jeane Huff. Maxine is doing fine since her surgery to remove two screws from her repaired broken hip. She said that some of the pain she was suffering has subsided, but it is still going to take quite a bit of therapy to regain complete use of her leg again. The thing to admire about Maxine is that she doesn’t give up. She just works harder.
Gary and I enjoyed visiting with Pam Shell while sitting out on her deck. She had just refurbished it with a coat of brown stain. It really looked nice.
Miranda Hallmark reported a wonderful, fun filled trip to Nashville, Tennessee. She is spending this week as counselor for young girls at Camp Calvary near Hartville, Mo. Then she plans to attend youth camp there that is appropriate for teens her own age. In the fall, she will leave us to attend Knox University in Illinois. We wish her all the best. Our prayers will go with her.
Several from Red Bank will be going to Camp Calvary to help serve a supper meal to the campers that attend there. All the churches in our association take part in supplying help needed during camp days.
That’s all the news for now. Take care.