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The time change may have been the main reason for the lower attendance at Red Bank Church this Sunday. I know that it had an effect on me. My husband got up Sunday morning and told me it was 7:00. I sleepily got out of bed and made my way to the kitchen to make coffee and breakfast. When I looked at my kitchen clocks, they all read 6:00. I promptly marched to the living room and let my husband know that I was upset that he had caused me get out of bed too early that morning. I told him that I had proof because my clocks said 6:00 a.m., and I was still sleepy. He looked up at me and said, “Did you by any chance remember to change your kitchen clocks last night?” I sheepishly said, “No,” and quickly walked back to the kitchen, changed my clocks and finish preparing breakfast so we could get to church on time. Oh well, one can’t be perfect all the time. He’s still laughing about it.
Brother Gary Lirley opened the Church service by leading in hymns. He also gave the morning welcome to fill in for Brother Jerry Huff, who was unable to be there because of illness. Brother Jake Hampton was present to lead the Worship service hymns. Eloise Hallmark did a beautiful job of singing, “How Great Thou Art.” She was accompanied on the guitar by Jerry Maggard and Les Hallmark. Prayer requests were for Bill Holland, Jerry Huff, and for the Japanese people who are suffering from three disasters at one time. The 9.1 earth quake, a tsunami and the release of radiation from a melt down of the reactors in their atomic power plants. It is a tragic situation.
It was announced again that the church was invited to attend the fiftieth wedding anniversary celebration for Mac and Lue Mitchell which will be held at the Plainview Gymnasium on March 20, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Also, that Red Bank is planning a revival for April 21-23. Brother Ean Hendrix will be the evangelist. It is a real blessing to hear this young man preach. We hope everyone will want to attend, and receive a blessing from God’s Word.
For the morning sermon, Brother Les spoke from John 3 and Romans 8. One may think their actions and life style is spiritual enough to get them to Heaven and have Eternal Life with Jesus, but like Jesus told Nicodemus, in John 3, “Ye must be born again.” Of course, he was speaking of a Spiritual birth; not a physical birth. How are we born again? Follow Paul’s” instruction given in Romans 10:9, “that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” It is as simple as that. Romans 8: 16 says, “the Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.”
Everyone enjoyed all the songs and testimonies given during our monthly Praise Night service which was held Sunday evening at Red Bank. A food, fellowship was held after the service. It was a great time to visit with one another.
Friday, my husband and I went into Ava to do a little grocery shopping, and we decided to stop in to visit with Maxine Lirley at the Heart of the Hills Healthcare Center. She was not in her room and we walked the halls looking for her, but she was nowhere to be found. Finally, who do we see walking through the front door, but Maxine and her sister, Willene Adams. They had been out for a spin with Connie in the Healthcare Center van to tour the town and stop in at the Sonic for hamburgers and drinks. That’s Maxine’s favorite food. Anyway, we had a great visit with her. It was good to see her feeling better again. While we were there, we found Cleopatra Stafford walking in the hall near her grandmother’s room. She was excited that Bonita was going to get to leave the Healthcare Center soon to be back home with them again.
I received a phone call from my niece that lives in Valley Center, Kansas. She said that they got a few inches of snow Sunday. She said that Topeka, Ks. got eight inches of snow. I know that it snowed in Springfield that same night. We were there that afternoon and it rained on us all the way home. It seemed to be dry at our house, but began to rain later that night.
Be happy and have a great week. A cheerful heart is good medicine. Proverbs 17:22.