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Good day to everyone. It’s a little cloudy outside today. We could sure use a good rain.
We had a good attendance at Red Bank Church last Sunday. Brother Jerry Huff opened the service with a greeting to everyone. The morning hymns were led by Brother Gary Lirley. Brother Jake Hampton led the Worship service music. Brother Les Hallmark gave the church announcements. He reminded everyone of the Fall Festival, fish fry and barbeque that will be held at 12:00 noon, on Oct. 29. Games are being planned for the children. Jennifer Lakey reported that the C. I. A. trip to their conference at Waynesville, Mo. was very successful. A group of the children that attended the conference sang, for the congregation, a song that they learned in Spanish, “I Have Joy Down in My Heart.” Everyone enjoyed hearing them sing and seeing the expression of joy on their faces.
The morning sermon was taken from II Corinthians 10: 3-18. Through obedience to God’s Word we will find the tools we need to handle the pressure of troubles and trials that will come our way. In verse 3-4, The Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Corinth, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds:)” We need to react to problems that the world throws at us by being Christ- like and trusting in God’s mighty power to solve them in a way that only He can.
Sunday evening was our monthly Praise Service. In this service everyone is invited to offer Praise to the Lord whether in song, testimony or reading of poems. The children’s group sang two beautiful songs along with other special music. Jennifer Lakey gave an inspiring testimony of how God has blessed her with a wonderful group of children in the C.I.A. to teach His Word and inspire each of them for mission work whether at home or abroad.
Eloise and her daughter, Elise, enjoyed traveling to Denver Colorado last week. Eloise attended a medical seminar while there, and then they both took a little site seeing trip. Eloise reported that the weather changes quite rapidly in that area. She said that the mountain peaks were clear on the first day of their visit, but the next day they were covered with snow.
Gary and I had to make a trip to Ava last week, and we stopped in at the Ava Drug for lunch. While there we enjoyed visiting with Danny and Charlene Letsinger, Max and Mona Decker, Sue Akers, Sharon Jenkins, and David Norman. Sue, Sharon, and David were school mates of ours. I enjoyed working with the Letsingers at Ava Victory Academy. Max and Mona were our English and History teachers. Dr. Decker was also one of my favorite college professors.
Pam Shell traveled to Bolivar one evening last week to meet with a friend that she was acquainted with in Thailand. Her friend was in the U.S. to visit churches that had sponsored her as their missionary there. Pam had told me earlier that this same friend had lost her mother, father and all of her siblings in the Tsunami that hit Thailand recently.
Visiting with Maxine Lirley was Gary and Alice Lirley, Jeane Huff and Ralph and Barbadeen Laughlin. Maxine took part in the Senior Olympics last Friday that was held at Cabool, Mo. I’m sure she came home with several medals. In fact, all the participating residents were working very hard to bring as many medals back home as possible. There are some pretty sharp kids in that group. I’d bet my money on them if I had any to spare.
Our daughter, Mitzi, called me the other day and wanted my recipe for Tamale Pie. I looked for it and then remembered that it was among my many recipes that were accidentally lost when we moved here from Liberty. Mo. I finally found three recipes in different cook books and used them to formulate a recipe as close to the original as I could remember. I tested my new recipe before I e-mailed it to her. I took it to the church supper Sunday night and got their opinion of my new concoction. Either it was very good or they were being very polite in saying they liked it. This dish is great for the cooler weather that is coming our way.
Take care. “Let us think about each other and help each other to show love and do good deeds.” Hebrews 10:24 ICB