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Hello again from Red Bank. It doesn’t seem possible that summer is almost over. Fall begins in one month, Sept. 23. Soon the tree leaves will begin to turn to fall colors and there will be a new fresh, spicy scent in the air. To me that is what fall smells like.
Some are already cleaning their gardens out and planting fall garden produce. I visited with Pam Shell the other day and she is doing that very thing. She is quite a gardener.
Bill Holland had a health related back set this week, but is bouncing back already. Pam said that he is doing great. Brother Les Hallmark visited with Bill and reported the same thing. He has a lot of prayers going up for him.
Brother Gary Lirley opened the Sunday Church service at Red Bank by leading the congregation in hymns. He also gave the morning greeting to members and guests and introduced the Sunday school lesson. Brother Jake Hampton led the worship service music. Special music was provided by Jeane Huff. Celebrating a birthday with a mission offering was Eloise Hallmark. Children’s Church was led by Alice Lirley and Jerry Maggard. The children are always enthusiastic in singing praise hymns and listening to flannel graphed Bible stories. A big thanks goes to Jerry Maggard for constructing a bracket for hanging the Flannel Graph Board on the wall for Miss Alice. Also, the church thanks Jerry’s Dad, Jerry Maggard Sr., and a friend, Mike Bodine, for assisting in some other chores. Tattie Maggard has done a wonderful job of reorganizing the beginner’s class room.
Brother Les chose Scripture text from Philippians 3: 8-21 for the morning sermon. The main idea for this sermon was that without placing our faith in Christ there is no hope for a happy, fruitful, abundant life. Paul wrote in these Scriptures that He counted all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus his Lord. In verses 8-9 he wrote that for Christ for whom he had suffered the loss of all things, he counted them as dung, that he may win Christ, and not be found in his own righteousness, but that his righteousness is found through the faith he had in Christ. My favorite verse that I claim daily is found in Philippians 4: 13 which reads, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Like the apostle Paul, we need to press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Vs. 14).
It was announced that the Tag Team Preaching Revival that involves several churches from this community will be hosted by the Red Bank Baptist Church on Saturday, September third at 6:00 p.m. This is truly a wonderful event that takes place every month. The special music and spirit filled preaching is awesome at these meetings. Do plan to attend and be blessed.
Well folks, that’s all the news I have for now. Stay well: Stay cool: Stay in God’s will.