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Hello everyone. This is a busy time for all the churches in this community with plans to celebrate the birth of the Christ Child in full swing. At Red Bank, final play practice is scheduled for Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. We had a dress rehearsal Sunday night. Boy, those costumes sure can cause one to get hot and itchy, after about two hours of wearing them. But, we kept them on until we were through practicing; like good little troopers. The Christmas program will be held on December 18, at 6:30 p.m. A soup, sandwich and dessert fellowship will be held after the program. Come and enjoy all this with us. It will make your Christmas even more special.
Brother Gary Lirley began the Sunday morning church service by leading the congregation in hymns. Brother Jerry Huff gave the morning welcome and introduced the Sunday school lesson called, “Receive God’s Gift.” The lesson scriptures were taken from Matthew 1:18-20 and Luke 1: 28-31.
Brother Les read from Matthew 2:1-11 which told of the wise men that came from the east to Jerusalem searching for the Christ Child; “Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” They found the directions they needed through the help of the old, testament writings of the prophet, Micah, who in the fifth chapter foretold that this ruler of Israel would come forth from Bethlehem of Judah. In verse 9, we read that they followed the star that they saw in the east until it stood over where the young child was. Brother Les said to us, “These scriptures are God’s. Through His Word, he keeps his covenant with his people. He always has and He always will.”
It was announced that since Christmas Day comes on Sunday this year, Red Bank Church will only have the regular worship service which will begin at 11:00 a.m.
Miranda Hallmark gave a mission, birthday offering in honor of a friend that had a birthday this month.
I had a wonderful surprise this week. I got a phone call from my niece, Glenda Young, who lives in Ottawa, Kansas, saying that she and a friend of hers was coming to visit over the weekend and that they were bringing my sister with them. I haven’t seen any of them for over two years. My sister, Joan, lives in Collinsville, Oklahoma. We all had a wonderful time visiting. Our brother, John Webster and wife, Brenda, also came to visit with them. Joan brought with her a DVD of old family movies she had taken throughout the years. We all did a lot of laughing as we viewed these movies of ourselves and our families when we were very young. My, how time flies!
Visiting with Maxine Lirley one day this week was Gary and Alice Lirley and Jeane Huff.
Visiting with Willene Adams was Alice Lirley.
Take care and enjoy the Christmas Holidays. The greatest gift one can give the Lord is all of one’s self. Come to Him, just as you are.