Greetings. I imagine everyone is working hard to use these last few days of beautiful weather to get their last minute Christmas shopping done. Our family doesn’t exchange gifts because it is just too expensive now days. When our family was young, of course, everyone had several presents under the tree. I’m thankful that we have such wonderful memories of Christmas to dwell on. Some of our kids may get to come home for Christmas so I’m planning to cook a turkey with all the trimmings, enjoy feeding my family and spending the rest of the day visiting with them all.
The Church service at Red Bank began with hymns led by Gary Lirley. A warm welcome was given by Jerry Huff. Giving a mission offering in honor of his grandchild’s birthday was Brother Lauren Page. Special music came by way of Tattie Maggard who played a hymn on her tin whistle flute. Attendance was still low, but several more ventured out on the icy roads to attend church. The highways were fairly clear, but the country roads were still covered with ice.
It was announced that our Christmas program will be held Sunday, Dec. 22, immediately after Sunday school. Brother Lauren will then speak from God’s Word. After services, everyone will enjoy a Christmas meal together. Everyone was also reminded to bring non- perishable foods for our food basket mission.
For the morning sermon, Brother Lauren began by reading Romans 12: 4-5, For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. He then turned to I Corinthians 12, which describes Spiritual gifts that each member of a Church body may possess to serve the Lord. Brother Lauren explained that where one might have the gift of administration, evangelism or exhortation, others may possess gifts of faith, giving, helping, knowledge, leadership, teaching, ministry or wisdom. He also pointed out that when a member dedicates to the Lord whatever gift they have been given, many times they will discover that they possess even more gifts than they ever dreamed they could use for Him. The gift of being faithful, in my estimation, is at the top of the list for all members of the body of Christ. There is no Spiritual gift more important than the other. We just need to love our Lord and Master enough to use whatever gift we have for service to Him as a part of his Church Body.
Red Bank members that met last Wednesday evening had a super time creating homemade Christmas cards. We plan to deliver them to the residents of the Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center and to The Ava Place along with gifts of candy and caroling. The card making will continue this coming Wednesday evening also. Everyone, young and old are encouraged to attend
Brother Les Hallmark under went shoulder surgery Monday morning. We pray that he will be blessed with a rapid and very successful recovery.
Miranda Hallmark is enjoying a break from college life and quality time with her family during this Christmas season.
Gary and I visited with Maxine Lirley on Monday. She wasn’t feeling too perky, but was still able to visit with us for a while. She is looking forward to feeling much better. She will have a week without Chemo soon so that may help. I was told recently that consuming a lot of protein will help to ward off stomach trouble from Chemo therapy.
That’s all the news for now. Take care and have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A NEW YEAR FULL OF WONDERFUL BLESSINGS.