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Hello again. Ahh, this cooler weather is so invigorating. It makes one feel like accomplishing more than one is, actually, physically able to do in one day. There are lots of chores that need to be done before winter sets in. I’ll have to pace myself or I’ll probably get too ill to complete it all.
Gary and I attended a fish fry Monday evening that was held at the home of Larry and Faye Maggard. It was a perfect evening to celebrate the Labor Day holiday with great food, great fellowship and great weather. Tattie Maggard and her little daughter, Zorie, sat across from me at one of the picnic tables and I noticed that Zorie was enjoying the corn kernels that her mom had cut off the cob for her to eat. We were asking her all kinds of questions while she was eating. Usually she has lots to say, but not one word would she utter until she finished eating her corn. Also sitting at the same table were Adam and Niki Moreland and Niki’s mom, Georgia. It was good to visit with them and their children, Noah and Abby. Noah is really excited about all he is learning in school. Several other families attended the cook out, but I’d better not attempt to name them all because I’m sure I would, unintentionally, leave a name or two out.
The baby shower that was held Saturday afternoon at the home of James and Debbie Lirley for Sara and Randall Whitaker was well attended. Their expected baby girl received many beautiful items of clothing along with needed care accessories such as bathing products, diapers, a baby swing that transforms to a baby car seat, colorful blankets and some real cute, baby safe, toys. Big sister, Carley, really enjoyed helping mama open the gifts and holding each of them up to display for the camera and showing them off to the ladies present. Jamie Boyd conducted several baby shower games for the ladies to play and had some very nice gifts for the winners. It was interesting to note that it was the older ladies that were best in filling in the correct words to complete the list of nursery rhymes. I also thought that it was pretty neat that both of the expected, little one’s great grandmothers, Marie Maggard and Maxine Lirley, along with her grandmother, Debbie Lirley, were all present for the baby shower. I’m sure Sara will write this fact in a baby book for her daughter to read when she grows up. Of course, there were plenty of delicious cake, ice cream, punch and coffee served for refreshments.
Jeane Huff thoroughly enjoyed visiting with her two granddaughters, Emma and Kate Hampton, Saturday afternoon. They are the daughters of her son, Danny and wife, Kerri Hampton.
For the holiday week end, Eloise Hallmark and her daughter, Miranda, attended a Christian music concert that was held in Kansas City, Mo. Les Hallmark enjoyed celebrating the holiday with his uncle, who came for a special visit, and other family members.
The attendance for the Tag Team Preaching Revival held Saturday evening at Red Bank was lower in attendance than usual, but the Holy Spirit was felt as strong as ever through the special music presented and the wonderful preaching of God’s Word that was heard. I suspect that the Labor Day holiday played a part in the lower attendance, with folks having made special family plans for the holiday weekend. The next Tag Team Revival will be held at Breeden Church the first Saturday in October. More information will be forth coming about this meeting in future articles.
Everyone was in a great spirit for worship services at Red Bank last Sunday. Brother Gary Lirley opened the morning service by leading the congregation in hymns. He also filled in for Jerry and welcomed members and guest before dismissing them to their respective Sunday school classes and Children’s Church. Celebrating a birthday with a mission offering was Belinda Williams. Special music was presented by a duet formed by Jerry Maggard and Les Hallmark and a trio formed by Jeane Huff, Alice Lirley and Gary Lirley.
Brother Les preached from Acts 17 this Sunday which tells how Paul attended a synagogue of the Jews in Thessalonica for three Sabbath days and preached unto them that the Christ that had need to suffer and die and had risen again from the dead was Jesus that he had preached to them about. Some believed and consorted with Paul and Silas, a multitude of them being devout Greeks and many women, but then many Jews that did not believe that Jesus could possibly be the Christ and, out of envy, got the people and the rulers of the city in an uproar by telling them that Jesus was trying to take over Caesars place as king. Today, there are still many that will not confess that Jesus is the foretold Christ that paid the penalty for our sins with the shedding of his blood. The Scriptures tell us that one day God will shut the door of Heaven to unbelievers just as He shut the door to the Ark on those who would not believe the warning He sent to them about the flood that he did eventually send upon them because of their sinful life style and their unbelief.
Take care and enjoy these delicious cool days that the Lord has provided for us.