We prayed for rain, and we got RAIN. Praise the Lord. Those that live near the prominent creeks and rivers are suffering damage from all the extra water flooding their homes and washing out their roads. And, unfortunately, lives have been lost. Our prayers go out for those who have been seriously afflicted by the flood waters.
The Red Bank Church Worship service began with hymns led by Gary Lirley. Jerry Huff welcomed members and guest. Gary and Alice Lirley gave a mission offering in celebration of their fifty-fourth wedding anniversary.
Brother Lauren reminded everyone to attend the monthly, business meeting on Wednesday, August 7, at 7:00 p.m. He also announced that on every fourth Sunday, the evening service will be reserved as a special time for Bridging the Gap with Food, Fun and Fellowship. This is a time that all ages, young and old, will be spending time together fellowshipping and playing table games along with sampling the finger foods brought by each family to share. The Bridging the Gap Fellowship will begin at 5:30 p.m. and end by 7:30 p.m. for children that need to be home and preparing to get their needed rest for school on Monday. We invite everyone to come join us. A ladies group will also be meeting at 5:30 p.m. for a devotional fellowship. They plan to dismiss at 6:30 and join in with the others to take part in the Food, Fun and Fellowship time. For more information feel free to call 683-5991.
The morning message from God’s Word was taken from Galatians 2:11-22. Brother Lauren called it a message of God’s plan for man in the past, present and future. In the past, those that were outside of God’s Jewish realm were described by Paul as being Gentiles; At that time, without Christ, being that they were aliens from the commonwealth of Israel; Strangers from the covenant of God’s promise; Having no hope; and Being without God in the world. Folks, through the sacrifice that Christ made on that Old Rugged Cross, every person is invited to be part of the family of God.
For the youth’s portion of the worship service, they recited Psalms 23, John 3:16 and sang the Books of the Bible song. They also sang two other special songs. The youth are working on puppet presentations for other services in the near future. They are also memorizing more Scripture.
Red Bank had a wonderful Bible School this year. It was filled with learning how God created this World and everything in it so incredibly, awesome. The classes also enjoyed a visit from Dr. Ino It All. He taught us about how incredibly special God made every plant and animal so it could survive in its particular environmental habitat. There were also daily visits from a puppet named, Roller Coaster Reese. Through his visits the children were led to realize that roller coasters and the world and everything in it had something in common. They all had to have a designer. They did not just happen that way. On the last day of Bible School, the children, the workers and parents that came enjoyed a wonderful fish fry; with all the trimmings, one might say. Special thanks go to the Jerry Maggard family along with Mike Bodine for furnishing and frying the fish. They did a super job. We would also like to express our appreciation to everyone that furnished food for the children throughout Bible School and give of their time to teach and work in the kitchen.
Congratulation to one of our members, Maxine Lirley, for being chosen second runner up in the Ms. Missouri Nursing Home Pageant held at the Ramada Oasis Convention Center in Springfield, Mo. on July 24, 2013. Out of 27 contestants, she was one of the top three chosen to be part of the Queen’s Court. Apparently, the judges recognized what we already knew: She is one special lady.
Visiting with Maxine Lirley last week was Gary and Alice Lirley, Jeane Huff and Ralph and Barbadeen Laughlin. When Gary and I arrived at the Healthcare Center to visit with Maxine, she was taking part in a Bible study that was going on in the recreation room. Gary and I pulled up a chair and enjoyed the study with her. We later went to her room and visited a while before her supper time. Jeane visited with her later in the week and treated her to a, “Jeane Special,” hair cut and set. It just makes a lady feel better to get her hair fixed. Ralph and Barbadeen visited with Maxine Saturday morning and even ate breakfast with her.
That’s all the news I have for now. Take care, and remember to give God the Praise for the rain and all other provisions.