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Hello everyone. It’s a beautiful day out today. I took a walk to my mailbox and back to get a little exercise and some fresh air in my lungs. The air was a little brisk outside, but the sun was shining so I didn’t mind. I felt much better by the time I finished my walk. New York and other North Eastern states are still getting some snow. We may get a little more, but I doubt it. We, here in the Ozarks, are very blessed to have good weather most of the time.
There was a good attendance at Red Bank Church last Sunday. Gary Lirley opened the services by leading in hymns and Jerry Huff was on hand to extend a greeting to everyone before dismissing them to their respective Sunday school classes. We all enjoyed Brother Jake’s bright smile as he led us in more hymns at the beginning of the worship service. Prayer request was for Brother Bill Holland who was in the hospital for hip replacement surgery. We understand that he is doing well, and was able to leave the hospital already. Now days the doctors tend to have patients that have joint replacement surgery up and on their feet practically the next day after surgery. They all seem to heal quicker by that method rather than leaving them in bed for over a week or two like they used to do.
It was good to have Brian Hill along with his baby son, Landon, and his little niece, Keely, in Church with us Sunday. I enjoyed having the two children in my Sunday school class and getting better acquainted with Brian.
We were also happy that Adam, Niki, Noah and Abby Moreland were all able to be back with us. We missed them all very much. Noah just turned five years old this month and he was really excited to tell me all about his birthday party and about all the exciting things he got to do at the Incredible Pizza place. He especially enjoyed the bumper cars. I don’t blame him; I always loved them too. Abby and Noah are two very sweet and very smart little ones.
Jerry and Tattie Maggard and daughter, Zorianna, were missing Sunday morning, but did get to come to the evening service. Zori has begun to talk a lot more lately. She was calling out several of the church member’s full name. She did a great job of it too. One could understand every word she said. She’s not even two years old yet. They are a wonderful little family.
The text for the morning sermon was taken from John, chapter 15. Jesus was spending some time with his disciples teaching them about the relationship He had with his Father in Heaven and the relationship that they were to have with Him too. Jesus began teaching this by saying, in the first verse of that chapter, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.”
Those visiting with Bill Holland in the hospital last week were Les Hallmark, Fern Huffman, and Ralph and Barbadeen Laughlin.
Visiting with Maxine Lirley was James and Debbie Lirley, Jeane Huff, Jake and Danny Hampton and Alice and Gary Lirley.
I understand that Larry Hampton is spending a few days at the Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center to rest up from his trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma to visit his doctors there. Visiting with him on Sunday were his sons, Danny and Jake Hampton.
Eloise and Miranda Hallmark spent an enjoyable Sunday evening at a Christian, music concert in Springfield, Mø. I didn’t get details of who the music artists were yet.
Take care. “Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another:” — Hebrews 10:24-25.