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Today was Pastor Appreciation Sunday. The Choir special was: “His Grace Is Sufficient.” Specials today for Pastor Appreciation were: Norman Virtue told two funny stories about a preacher skipping church to play golf and one when he went deer hunting. David Housley read a Preacher Appreciation poem to our pastor, Rick Batten. Shelby Housley presented a special card and gift to the preacher, plus some of his Sunday school class ladies (Mary and Joy) told how they appreciated Bro. Rick.
Sherry (Housley) Thompson sang a beautiful song called, “Who Am I?” Mike Housley led congregation singing, and thanked everyone who attended the Men’s Fellowship Breakfast for the good meal that some of the ladies had sent.
Oct. 12- Business Meeting.
Oct. 16- “Old Fashion Day/Fall Festival- Sherry Dugger will sing during the morning worship service. Dress in old fashion clothes and bring food for potluck dinner. Jimmie Marler will take pictures; Ron will provide horse and buggy rides; and there will be sack races. No Evening Service.
Oct. 29- Saturday- 4-6 p.m. Fall Carnival: Decorate cookies and pumpkins, duck pond, bean bag toss, etc. You may dress up but not scary.
For more information call Helen Batten at 683-5657 or 417-250-0918; Sandy Housley at 926-4687 or 259-1034; or Chelsie Jones at 254-1232. Invite a Friend.
Mark your calendars:
Nov. 3-Men’s Fellowship Breakfast.
Nov. 12-Quarterly Meeting in Licking.
Nov. 6-Veteran’s Day Service 11 a.m.
Nov. 20-Wild Game Dinner.
Dec. 11-Christmas Program and Dinner.
Happy Anniversary to Larry and Marilyn Marah. Recent Additions to the Prayer List: Cheryl Helsley’s stepfather, Greg; Roy Dennis knee surgery Oct. 25; Tony and Virginia Serghides while traveling; Brother Stanley Jones in revival in Springfield; Memphis Helsley in St. Louis again; Van and Sharon Renfrow’s new great-grandson, Gavin; Kennah Atchison (Jennifer and Roman Atchison’s daughter); Marilyn Marah’s daughter Rhonda; Sandy Housley’s family; friend of Jason Mills; Rose Cantrell; and Joe Sellar’s Aunt Glenda.
Bro. Rick Batten’s Sermon was from Jeremiah 23:1-2; 10-11, etc. He also thanked the congregation for his gift and for putting up with him the last year. He also mentioned his appreciation for a great wife, Helen, who supported him in his ministry.
We also appreciate Helen for all her hard work and support in the choir, Sunday school, and with the youth, etc.
Bro. Rick’s sermon was on all the things that are vital in life: water, food, and the most important thing is the Word of God. He gave many examples of things that people consider vital like Cardinal games, vacations to Branson, eating out, etc. But none of these are really vital.
“When pastors don’t preach from the Bible, evil will be in the land. We should follow the 10 commandments. When we obey God’s laws, our land is much safer.” Jeremiah 23: 23 states, “Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off?” Bro. Rick said, “Don’t distance yourself from the Lord. That is the one way we can have happiness, content, and success; it is always the Right Thing to Do the Right Thing, and not make excuses and say we are Just Human.”
Bring a friend and visit Rock Chapel for Old Fashion Day this coming Sunday, Oct. 16. Questions: call Rick Batten at 683-5657 or 250-0918; Shelby Housley 746-4743; or Shelby Moore 746-4751.