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This is a very sad week! On the way to church Sunday night, we heard about the tornado in Joplin. It wasn’t long before reports started coming in of damage and then of lost lives. It seems the number just continues to increase. I have some family there, but thankfully they are all fine. Some of my friends also have family there and so far only reports of damage to property. I know that other families have not been so fortunate. We all need to remember these neighbors, who have lost loved ones and homes in this terrible storm.
God does not promise us tomorrow, we need to be ready if and when He says today it’s our day to be called home. We had a young lady that was saved and wants to be baptized, so next Sunday, we will have a baptism right after church.
Larry Hutchinson said Sunday his eyes were tired from trying to find the answer to the question that Donald had asked last week. Several people did find his answer for him, including Roger, but he had a little help. Every week the adult class tries to come up with a question to look up for the coming week and see if they can stump each other with a hard question. I don’t know if it’s ever been done or not, we have some pretty smart adults in that class. (don’t tell them I said that.)
Gracie Williams said I forgot to mention she was the mother with the most total children. I’m sure all her kids and grandkids try to remind her of that every day. It is one of her granddaughters, Amber, that is being baptized next week. I know Gracie will be very proud of her. Amber and Grace Mitchell sang a special for us this week and so did our youth. Everyone else had an excuse of some kind. I think Donald made them feel guilty, because Sunday night we had lots of specials. Art Hampton sang. A group consisting of Jon and Lindsey Mitchell, Deanna Porter, Bud Hampton and Irene (me) sang a couple of songs, and Tammy Gunter and granddaughter, Grace, sang. Grace and Evan always like to sing.
We are making plans for a canoe trip for our youth on the first Saturday in June, which will be followed by a BBQ and a Memorial for Ethan at the church. We will start eating about six. All of this will lead right into a revival Sunday. I hope you will be praying for all of these plans and come and join us.
I know as summer draws closer vacation plans are being made and everyone feels that they are so busy, but God is never too busy for us and we should never be too busy for Him. So slow down just a little and remember to smile because God loves you, and so do we from Eastern Gate Church.