Hello everyone. I looked out my kitchen window yesterday, and what to my wandering eyes should appear, but fluffy, white snowflakes gently floating in the air. Of course, they melted as soon as they lit on the carpet of green grass that already needed to be mowed. The cold, cold air that followed the snow was a little rough on budding trees and garden vegetables that had already peeked their little stems above the sod that covered and protected them. We may get more snow and more frigid weather before Mother Nature decides that it is definitely the summer season.
The Red Bank Church service was opened with a hymn led by Gary Lirley. He also gave the morning welcome and introduced the Sunday school lesson. It was great that Jerry Huff was able to be back to Worship with us. Gary was ready to turn his job of Sunday School Superintendent back over to him, but he asked Gary to continue for a little while longer. It was equally great that Maxine Lirley was feeling able to be with us. We had other visitors in the congregation that we welcomed, but I didn’t get to write their names down. My bad!
Brother Lauren also gave a greeting and thanked everyone for their prayers and visits while he was undergoing treatment in the hospital. He announced that there would be a fellowship, pot luck luncheon on Easter Sunday, directly after the service. He also reminded everyone that the evening service was our monthly Singspiration and Praise Night.
Celebrating a birthday with a mission offering was Miss. Zorianna Maggard who turned 5 years old in this month of April. Also giving an offering was Brother Lauren, in honor of his grand child’s birthday.
This Sunday being celebrated as Palm Sunday, Brother Lauren took his sermon text from Luke 19: 28-41. The main thought that he brought out from these Scriptures was that Jesus did not enter Jerusalem as a conquering king. The fact that he chose to enter the city riding on a mere colt, and a borrowed one at that, was a sign to the people that he came as the King of Peace. Some day he will return to us on a white horse as the Conquering King, and every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is the King of kings and Lord of lords (Isaiah 45:32: Romans 14:11: Philippians 2:9-11: & I Timothy 6: 15). Don’t put off making Him the Lord of your life. When He returns, it will be too late.
Visiting Maxine Lirley was Jeane Huff, Gary and Alice Lirley and Ralph Laughlin. Gary and I took Maxine to a dermatologist in Springfield last Monday. She was really happy to find out that, in the doctor’s opinion, the slightly discolored place on her nose was not cancerous. Now days, it is a good thing to have new and rather odd looking spots on our body checked by a doctor of dermatology.
That’s all the news for now. Take care. Be thankful for God’s love. Have a Blessed Easter.