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I have begun to see some beautiful colors appear within the timbered areas. So far most of the red and yellow leaves observed are coming from sumac, hickory and gum trees. Anyway, gazing at these colorful changes along the wooded areas made our recent trip to Springfield much more enjoyable. Autumn is definitely here; you can see and feel it everywhere.
We had a good attendance at Red Bank Sunday. Brother Jerry was back with us to give the morning welcome and introduce the Sunday school lesson. Brother Jake led the congregation in hymns. For special music, Eloise Hallmark sang one of my favorite songs. Celebrating a birthday with a mission offering was Miss Hailey Herrel. It was announced again that the C.I.A. children’s group are all set to attend their conference at Waynesville, Mo. on Saturday, Oct. 23. Jennifer Lakey is their leader.
Matthew 11:25-30 and II Corinthians 4: 11-18 along with chapter 5 was text for the morning sermon. The Apostle Paul, in a letter to the Corinthians, explained that, even though, he and his helper, Timothy, were often troubled and perplexed by the way they were being treated for preaching Christ to the people, they were not in despair. As Paul stated in II Cor. 4:18, “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” In other words, we should not live for ourselves and seek only after temporal things, but for Jesus who willingly died to pay the price for our sins and our eternal well being; which is all that really matters. Jesus said in Matthew 11: 28-30, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Red Bank singers were at the Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center Sunday afternoon to present a program of music and testimony for the residents there.
Gary and I visited with Maxine Lirley one day last week. She had just finished playing a game of BINGO with her fellow residents when we arrived. She loves to play that game and is often a winner. I think I could play it all day long and never win one time. But, I still enjoy playing the game. Jeane Huff came to visit with Maxine while we were there. We all had a good visit together. Gary was happy to get to visit with Larry Hampton. Larry saw Gary as he walked by his room and called out to him. We had heard that Larry was convalescing at the Center, but hadn’t had a chance to check in on him yet.
Tony and Linda Stillings stopped by our house one evening last week. We enjoyed visiting with them.
I spoke to Miranda Hallmark and ask her what was going on at Bradleyville School lately. She said that she was doing fine and that she was excited to be attending a F.C.C.L.A. Club conference on Wednesday that will be held at Silver Dollar City. After the conference the attending students will get to spend some time seeing the sights and riding the rides. Sounds like fun.
Take care and let God’s Son shine in your life.