Hello from Red Bank. I was awakened very early this morning with the sound of a down pour of rain hitting our roof. I didn’t hear any thunder to get me out of bed to unplug the T.V. and such, so I silently thanked the Lord for the wonderful moisture and went back to sleep. There is something about hearing rain gently pitter pattering on one’s roof that can help one to sleep soundly. Anyway, it works for me. That’s one reason Gary and I made sure to put a tin roof on our house. We loved the sound of rain hitting it.
Gary Lirley led the congregation in singing hymns to begin the Sunday Church service at Red Bank. Jerry Huff welcomed members and guests along with introducing the Sunday school lesson. Jake Hampton led the hymns for the Worship service. Celebrating their October birthday with a mission offering was, Jerry Maggard, Jake Hampton and Lauren Page. Lauren also gave an offering in honor of his grandson’s birthday. For announcements, Brother Lauren reminded everyone that the evening service would be our monthly, Praise Night, along with a food fellowship after the service. He also announced that our annual, Fall Festival will be held on Sunday, Oct. 27. The festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. Prayer request were for Brother Pat Gates who is ill with the flu and for Miranda Hallmark who is working on her first semester in college, which is quite a feet, especially for one whose college life is far from home.
Brother Jeff Smith brought the morning message from Colossians 2: 10-13 which in essence says that Christ is first and foremost in everything. He is the head of all principality and power. As Christians, we are complete in Him and should find no reason to live our lives out of his will. Verse 11 and 12 describes a Christian as being circumcised in Him, which is the putting off of the sins of the flesh for His sake. And, that we are buried with him in baptism and raised to a new life through our faith that God raised him from the dead. “We can be baptized hundreds of times and it would not mean a thing unless we first commit our lives to God through Jesus Christ our Lord, said Brother Smith.” He went on to say that each of us that profess to be a Christian, should have a testimony of the second we committed our lives to God and was forever transformed. He then quoted Romans 5:8 which read, But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Visiting with Gary and I one day last week was Jeane Huff. She is always on the go, so we don’t often get to visit with her much; just a quick hello here and there.
Visiting with Maxine Lirley was Jeane Huff and Gary and Alice Lirley. We took Maxine to her doctor’s appointment and then to Dollar General to shop for some reading glasses. She said that she was tired of constantly having to contend with the bifocals on her regular glasses when she wanted to read lying down. We visited with her a couple of days later, and she reported that she loved reading with the new glasses she bought. While we were at the Healthcare Center, I stopped for a short visit with Angie Adams. I noticed that she had a new hair do and couldn’t help but comment on how nice she looked. She’s a very pretty lady.
Monday morning our door bell rang and rang and rang. Surprised to have guest that early, I opened the door and before I realized who it was, I said, “Good morning, you are ringing, ringing, ringing my door bell.” The man at the door smiled and said, “Hi Alice, it’s Benny Cooper.” We both had a good laugh and decided that my door bell had stuck and wouldn’t stop ringing until I punched it again. Of course, I invited him and the friend that was with him to come on in. We all had a great visit. We were so happy that he took the time to come see us.
That’s all the news for now. Take care. Committing one’s life to the Lord is committing to a wonderful life.