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Hello everyone.  It’s a beautiful day to mow one’s yard and do other outside chores.  Gary is taking advantage of his chance to get such work done before we get the rain that is forecast for Thursday evening.  We will be happy to receive some much needed moisture by then.

Hymns led by Gary Lirley began the morning Church service at Red Bank.  He also greeted everyone and dismissed them to their respective Sunday school classes.  Brother Lauren gave a mission offering in honor of one of his grand children’s birthday.

Music for the Worship service was led by Gary Lirley.   We all missed our pianist, Jeane Huff.  She has been ill several days with a stomach virus.  Brother Lauren reminded members that business meeting would be Wednesday evening at 7:00.  The Praise Night service will be held next Sunday evening.   Prayer request were made for Lynn Clayton and family, Jeane Huff, Jerry Huff and Jake Hampton.

Brother Lauren spoke from Genesis 12: 10.  “God calls every person.  He calls the unbeliever to come to Him.  He calls believers to trust and obey Him, to walk with Him, and to minister and share His Gospel with others.  God promises every Spiritual Blessing to those that answers His Call,” said, Brother Lauren.

Gary and I had a pleasant weekend of visiting with our 1959 school mates.  We began Saturday by meeting together with some of them for a luncheon at Rockbridge Restaurant.  We then gathered at the scenic, Rockbridge Mill House, for more visiting.    At 4 0’clock we all met together, in a designated room at the Ava High School, to visit with other schoolmates that couldn’t make the luncheon. The class of 1959 was well represented at the Ava Alumni Banquet that same evening at 6:00. The entertainment was great and so was the food.  We were so proud that our own class president, Harvill Sanders, was chosen to be the main speaker at the Banquet.  He did a great job.  Needless to say, there was a lot of picture taking going on along with the visiting.   We plan to gather as many of those pictures as we can and put them together to share with each other and with those that couldn’t attend the festivities.  It was sad that the classmates that had traveled from places as far off as Pennsylvania, Arizona, Colorado, Arkansas, along with Sedalia, Springfield, Republic, Ozark, and other towns in Mo. didn’t get to visit with classmates because they did not or could not attend. I overheard several people lament to this fact.  I appreciate all the volunteers that worked so hard to make our 2014 Alumni Banquet a success.  Mable Everett did a beautiful job of decorating the banquet tables.

There is a lot of clean up going on around Ava and in the country areas too.   The recent storms that came through last week caused a lot of tree and roof damage.  We were fortunate to have only some large limbs blow into the lane that leads to our house.

That’s all the news for now.  Take care.  “Humble your selves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting your cares upon him; for he careth for you.”      (I Peter 5: 6-7)

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