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To begin my article, I want to make an important correction from the church announcements that I shared with you last week. The Ava Pregnancy Clinic, “Walk for Life,” event that is scheduled to take place at the Ava City Park will be held on Saturday, April 21, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. I’m sorry for this misstatement. The good news is that it is not too late to take part in this worthy cause.
Worship service at Red Bank began with hymns led by Gary Lirley. Brother Jerry Huff was back with us to give a hearty welcome to members and guest.
Celebrating a birthday, and giving a birthday, mission offering this week was Jeane Huff. Willene Adams also gave an offering in celebration of one of her grandchildren’s birthday. Special music was presented by Eloise Hallmark.
Announcements were for the, “Walk for Life” event that I mentioned above; for the covered dish luncheon that is to be held directly after church on Easter Sunday; and, for our revival that begins this Thursday, April 21 through April 23. Brother Ian Hendrix is our evangelist. This young man is a powerful speaker who is on fire for the Lord. Plan to attend and feast on God’s Word. Service’s each night will begin at 7:00 p.m. Extra music specials are always welcome too.
Brother Les read Acts 1:1-8 and John 14:16 as text for the Sunday morning sermon. These scriptures refer to the last instruction that Jesus left with His disciples before His ascension into Heaven. In these scriptures as well as John 15:26 and Luke 24: 49, Jesus tells His disciples to wait for the Promise of His Father being that He would not leave them an orphan, but that He will send the Holy Spirit as a comforter that would abide with them forever. That same promise goes for all who become one of His children by accepting Jesus as their Savior. Jesus said in John 14:26, “But, the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”
I visited with Pam Shell on the phone this week. She said that Bill’s health was improving every day. She was hopeful that he would be able to attend church on Easter Sunday. We pray that God will bless him daily with much improved health and strength.
Gary and I had a short visit with Willene Adams, her son, Robert Adams and his wife, Angie while they were sitting together in the dining room at the Heart of the Ozark Healthcare Center. They said that they were all doing well. We invited them to attend church services and also to enjoy the luncheon at the Red Bank Church on Easter Sunday. They were willing to do that if their health permitted. It would be our pleasure to provide transportation for them if they can attend that Sunday or any Sunday. Of course while at the Healthcare Center, we also visited with Maxine Lirley. She was also doing much better. She had finished her oil painting of a camping scene. It was beautiful. I was ready to take it home with me, but she said that it had already been spoken for. Someone is a very lucky person to have that painting.
Gary and I always enjoy visiting with Tommy Hawkins when we visit the Healthcare Center. Gary used to haul milk for Tom’s folks in the good ole days when they used milk cans in stead of bulk tanks. They always have lots of stories to share about those days. I remember quite a bit about them too. Gary had to get up at 4:00 a.m. every morning to do his chores, which included milking his own cows, before he left with his truck at 6:00 to pick up milk from his milk customers. I always had biscuits, eggs and gravy ready for him to eat before he began his milk route. That meal kept him going until he arrived back home around 2:00 p.m. for another meal and more work on our farm.
That’s all the news I have for now. Enjoy basking in the Masters love this week. It’s great for your Spiritual health.