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Hello folks. How many of you are suffering an allergy reaction from trying to enjoy the outdoors and the beautiful weather we have been having? Well, that would include me. My sinuses are giving me fits. Evidently the doctor’s offices are filled with like sufferers, because I couldn’t get an appointment till Friday. This is Tuesday so I will be staying in the house more, taking over the counter medicines and drinking lots and lots of water. If sinus infection hasn’t already set in, I may be fine by then; I hope.
We certainly had a busy weekend. Sunday, after church at 2:00, we attended a wedding held at the Red Bank Church for David Adams and Deborah Anderson. Brother Les Hallmark officiated at the ceremony. He did a great job, I thought. There were lots of family members and friends in attendance. I thought it was sweet of David to make a toast to his new bride of his intentions to make her life with him a happy one. We wish them many years of happiness together.
We left the wedding party around 3:00 p.m. to attend the fiftieth wedding anniversary celebration held for Mac and Lue Mitchell. It was held at the Plainview School gymnasium. Likewise, many were in attendance there also. Maxine Lirley and Willene Adams rode to the wedding and to the anniversary party with Gary and me. They immensely enjoyed getting to visit with the guests of honor and friends they hadn’t seen in years. Willene was all eyes on the way to Plainview because there had been several changes since she had traveled the road going that direction. She said that she was especially happy to finally see the new gymnasium at Plainview. Several commented that they were also happy that they had a chance to visit with Maxine and Willene. I heard several say that they remembered the loving service that both ladies had brought to them and many others throughout the years.
One day last week Gary and I stopped by to visit with Maxine Lirley at the Heart of the Hills Healthcare Center. While there we saw Bonita Stafford, her daughter, Lavona, and granddaughter, Cleo, playing bingo in the game room. Cleo was very engaged in watching her cards. She said that she had already won one game and felt she just might win another one with the lucky cards she was playing with. Cleo lights up any room she is in. The residents always enjoy her visits with them. We are so happy that Bonita is doing so much better. I admire her strength through all she has been through these past months. She is a woman of great faith. Gary and I, along with many others in this community, were fortunate enough to have her as our Sunday school teacher when we were in our early teens. She and her husband, Harry, loved to work with the children at Red Bank.
Everyone was in good spirits as they arrived for Sunday morning Church service at Red Bank. Brother Gary led in a hymn to begin the service. Brother Jerry gave a cheery welcome to members and guest. There were some mentioned that were too ill to attend. We missed Tattie, Jerry and Zorianna Maggard. It was reported that Tattie was ill. I know that Jerry was suffering from allergies last week. We also missed the Moreland family along with Bill Holland and Pam Shell. Special prayer request was for the sick and especially for Bill Holland who is recuperating from pneumonia. Brother Les and Eloise Hallmark presented special music.
For the morning sermon, Brother Les chose scripture from Proverbs 3:5 to be the theme of the sermon, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” “O ye of little faith” was a term that Jesus used in several instances as he dealt with his followers. In Matthew 6:30 He reminds us that if he is willing and able to clothe the flowers and care for the grass of the fields, shall he not much more care for us. In Matthew 8:26 the Disciples became fearful because a great storm was threatening to capsize the boat they were in. When they awoke Jesus, who was sleeping peacefully in the ship, He said to them, “Why are ye fearful. O ye of little faith?” Matthew 14: tells the story about how Peter became afraid when he took his eyes off Jesus and began to sink in the raging waters even after he had shown enough faith to step out on them. As Jesus reached out his hand and caught him he said to him, “O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” Again, in Matthew 16:8, Jesus said to his disciples, “O ye of little faith,” because he perceived that they were worried because they had brought no bread on the trip with them. In every instance, Jesus took care of their needs. Brother Les said that if we would really read God’s instruction and practice them all then we would better understand how to faithfully follow him. It’s sort of like reading our driver’s instruction manual. It is likely that we will be much better at driving our vehicles and obeying the rules if we take the time to read the book and realize how they will help us stay out of trouble.
You are always welcome to Worship the Lord with us at Red Bank. Sunday school begins at 10:00 a.m., and worship service begins at 11:00 a.m. All evening services begin at 7:00 p.m.
Well, I’m out of news for now. Take care and trust God for all good things.