Thirteen V.B.S. students had perfect attendance. They were Colin Fleming, Asa Murray, McKenzie Murray, Brady Roy, Ronnie Joe Clouse, Hadassah Fitzgerald, Andrew Fitzgerald, Lane Clouse, Charity Bagley, Jackson Fleming, Mea Mason, Cassidy Kilgore, and Harley Kilgore. Sister Cinda Thompson enlisted the help of her father-in-law and her husband to put up a banner for Vacation Bible School on their front lawn.
At the close of the Sunday school session, John Venezia gave a brief summary on the lesson. Then Pastor Bob Thompson, Jr. played the organ while he and his wife sang a duet that had been requested. Brother Bob Thompson, Sr. was commemorating his spiritual birthday; he was saved in Barry County 75 years ago this week.
There were eight musicians in the orchestra Sunday morning: Charles Murray (baritone), Norman Murray (baritone), Jesse Paxton (trombone), Pastor Bob (accordion), Ann Cox (flute), Dana Fourman (trumpet), Debbie Cox (organ), and Barbara Uhles (piano). Ushers were James Cox and John Dale. Visitors included Karolyn Garrett, Lyndra and Blake Cantrell, Charles and Melina Murray, Asa and McKenzie Murray, Elijah Young and Jacob Stewart.
Pastor Bob Thompson, Jr. preached on “A Precious Pearl and Pattern of Prayer” from Psalm 61. “Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings…so will I sing praise unto thy name for ever: that I may daily perform my vows.” This psalm was written during Absalom’s rebellion and David’s exile. Whatever our circumstances today we can feel, trust, and pray with David. The petition: “I will cry.” The position: “I will abide.” The purpose: “I will trust.” The praise: “I will sing.”
On Sunday evening, the special song was by Brian Haynes. Pastor Bob was at the Brush Arbor Church of God (holiness) to speak about his mission trip to Ghana. So our co-pastor Cinda Thompson brought the message in that service. It was entitled, “Islam, an Overview.” Isalam was born in the Middle East well after Christianity had been established. Moslems say that Abraham was the first Moslem; they trace their roots to Ishmael, the son of Abraham. They believe in the god Allah and his prophet Mohammed. They strive to make a pilgrimage to Mecca, Mohammed’s birth place. And they fast, especially during Ramadan. Mohammed was an orphan who couldn’t read or write. He was a trader and married a wealthy widow. Later he married a six year-old girl. He would go to a cave to contemplate, and there he claimed to get a message from Gabriel. The Moslems were the leading dealers in the slave trade before Europe become involved in it.
In the Wednesday evening service, Sister Cinda led several choruses. Then Pastor Bob began a laymen’s class on apologetics “Beyond Reasonable Doubt.” Plans were made for Campus Clean-Up in preparation for the annual Camp Meeting which will be August 24-31. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. each day.