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We are all saddened over the death of our loved one, Irene Richards. She had been at the Heart of the Ozarks Care Center since she broke her leg. She wasn’t able to walk. She spent a lot of time visiting the other residents. She was so good to report to us about Peggy Jenkins’ condition before she passed away. We appreciated it. She knew several people there. Irene always had a smile for everyone even when she was in pain. She was always happy to have visitors especially happy when her grand and great-grandchildren came to see her. She had called me a couple days before she got sick to ask if Norma and I would have lunch with her since it was family Thanksgiving dinner on Tuesday before Thanksgiving. We were planning on going as it turned out that was the day of her funeral. We never know when God will call us home. It pays to be ready, like Irene, she loved Jesus.

The Goodhope General Baptist Church had lunch for the family and friends after the funeral. A big thanks goes to those who prepared and served it.

Thanksgiving dinner was at my home this year. Kelly prepared a turkey and ham, DeAnn fixed the rest of the stuff. Those present were Juanita Herrell, Norma Cross, Randy Jenkins, Kinsey, Kailey and Kyle Thompson and me. It was a beautiful day.

The Thompsons rented the gym at Plainview School for Kyle’s 11th birthday party then four of the boys went home with him and spent the night.

Kyle and Kailey helped me clean house on Wednesday. They did a good job.

My daughter-in-law, Beth Maloney from Nixa and granddaughter, Brooke from Columbia came down Saturday afternoon for a visit.

Goodhope General Baptist attendance Sunday was 60. Some were traveling and some were ill. Congregation sang a couple of gospel sons and a Christmas song with DeAnn Thompson at the piano, Sue Brown on keyboard and Glen Dale Robertson on banjo.  We had one special song with a testimoney from Brenda Reed followed with a song with Danny and Teresa Davis and Holly Jenkins helping her.

Pastor David was just coming back after vacation. He preached a powerful message from Psalm 136:1-26. God’s mercy endureth forever.

There was five ladies who joined the church, Misty Breshears, Pauline Richards, Sue Brown, Linda Osburn and Janice Ross.

Sunday night after congregational singing Bro. Bob Husky sang a beautiful song. Pastor David used Ephesians 2:11-22.

We are always happy to have visitors, either services. If you are looking for a church home, come visit us.

Sue Brown and Diane had lunch with Granny and Poppie Sunday. We wish Lodean a Happy Birthday. She was 91 and hardly ever misses Sunday morning church.

Sue had Thanksgiving dinner at her home. Evan and Lodena, Ron and Judy, Jerry, Rod, Lisa, Kayli, Steph, Shae, Pam, Cody and Diane were all there.

Psalms 138:1-2, “I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee. I will worship toward thy holy temple and praise thy name for loving kindness and for thy truth: for thow hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”

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