Sunday morning visitors included Charles and Melina Murray, Asa and McKenzie Murray, and Linda and R.J. Clouse. Linda Ferguson played the piano and sang a solo for the special music.
Pastor Bob Thompson, Jr.’s sermon was “Patience” from James 5:7-9. “Be patient, therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth at the door.” Pastor Bob said some people think he doesn’t have patience; He thinks he has a lot – he just burns it up quickly! James deals with the subject of patience more than any other Biblical writer. He is ministering to a church that is suffering double persecution from the Jewish sects and the Roman Empire. This was written just a few months before James was killed in Jerusalem (62 A.D.) Many were longing for the Lord’s return, but James gave this message on patience. Patience is work; determine to keep working as a farmer and to keep worshipping as a follower. Keep on keeping on!
In the service at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Bob Thompson, Sr. sang a solo, accompanied by Pastor Bob on the electric guitar. The congregation gathered at the altar around Barbara Uhles and Cheryl Paxton led in prayer for Vacation Bible School. Then Pastor Bob annointed Thelma Venezia with oil and prayed for her healing. The message was by Co-Pastor Cinda Thompson. Her text was Jeremiah 8:16. “Thus said the Lord, stand ye in the ways, and see and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.” The old paths. We must make the right choice in order to reach our desired destination. The Bible gives us directions; God’s Word will stand the test of time. The essentials remain the same. Judgement is coming because we have strayed from the old paths. Stand and seek…walk therein…find rest for your souls.
In the Wednesday evening service, Thelma Venezia testified to God’s healing touch on Sunday. Pete Johnson reported on the Kansas State Camp Meeting. Dana Fourman and Sheena Mahan gave reports from Harmony Hill Youth Camp. Pastor Bob went around the sanctuary, asking for four word testimonies. Then he read Psalm 107. Several places in this Psalm we are told to make noise. “Give thanks to the Lord…let the redeemed of the Lord say so…they cried unto the Lord…Oh, that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” Phyllis Arnold and Sister Cinda Thompson led in prayer.
Our Vacation Bible School was held from 9:00-11:30 Monday-Friday. The theme scripture was Galations 5:22-23. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. Against such there is no law. Monday morning there were 17 adults and teen workers, 23 children and 1 dog (but we sent him back home!) Twenty-nine students were enrolled, and the average attendance was 22. The director was Barbara Uhles. Stephanie Thompson was the song leader and story teller. Brian Haynes was the pianist. Phyllis Arnold was the secretary-treasurer. Preschool teachers were Sheena Mahan, Elizabeth Fleming, Cheryl Paxton and Mary Wheeler. Teacher of the Middler Class was Jessica Fleming. Jr. High Teacher was Cinda Thompson. Craft leaders were Kathy Clouse, Melina Murray, Calli Murray and Mary Thompson. Snack supervisors were Jeanette Cardin and Linda Ferguson. Bill Cardin was the bell ringer. Activity director was Pastor Bob. Judy Murray mailed the post cards. The offering project was a projector for Ghana, so they can show the “Jesus Film” to unreached villages. A total of $515.00 was raised. Attendance at the program Friday night was 60.
Those who furnished snacks included Judy Murray, Wanda Trice, Debbie Cox, Linda Murray, Linda Ferguson, Kathy Clouse, Cheryl Paxton, Dana Fourman, Cinda Thompson, Barbara Uhles and Brian Haynes. Several provided transportation: Pastor Bob, Bill Cardin, Brian Haynes, Cheryl Paxton and Mary Thompson.