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Happy New Year greetings to everyone. Yes, here it is, 2012. It seems like the beginning of a new year always gives one hope for new changes in one’s life. We all have things going on in our lives that need to be changed and this is as good a time as any to begin that process. If one finds it hard to make changes by one’s self, just remember that God is in the helping business. All we have to do is ask Him for help and believe that He can and that He will. Jesus said, “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” (Matthew 21: 22.)
We had a good attendance for Church last Sunday. Brother Gary led the song service. Brother Jerry gave the morning welcome. Brother Les spoke from the Bible text of Hebrews 11 and Romans 12 about living a life of faith in God. Hebrews 11: 6 explains faith in God this way, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
Announcements for the coming week were that the monthly church business meeting and the weekly C.i.A. youth mission group would meet on Wednesday, Jan. 4. Both meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m.
I didn’t get around to gathering much news in and around the community last week because I was too busy preparing for and attending to guest visiting in our home.
Gary and I really enjoyed visiting with our daughter, Cindy, and her family all last week. Allison and Aaron, our grandchildren, are all grown up now. Allison is 20 and Aaron is 17. Allison is attending college and Aaron is finishing high school this year while, also, completing several college hours. We have nine grandchildren in all and four of them have already graduated from high school.
Also visiting in our home since Thursday was Linda Richmond from Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Linda became a close friend of our daughters, Cindy and Mitzi, when they both attended S.B.U. in Bolivar, Mo. They have stayed in contact over the years. Linda was visiting her parents in Illinois and decided to make a stop on her way back home to visit Cindy while she was here. She is a wonderful young woman and we were all happy to see her again.
Everybody needs family and friends. When Cindy and her family were about to leave and drive back to their home in Florida, Dale discovered that the water pump had gone out of his truck. Now, this was on Sunday so Dale had the big job of trying to buy a new water pump to replace the old one. He is not a mechanic, and far from being one, but it was evident that it was on his shoulders to get the truck fixed. Gary could help him with instructions and advice, but he couldn’t crawl around inside the truck anymore to do the actual work. They found that some of the tools they needed were metric so they made a call to Ralph, a dear friend, who had just what they needed. James, Gary’s brother, came to help and another neighbor, Dink George, helped to get the old water pump off. There is always one part that seems as if it is welded on, you know. After being out in the frigid weather all day, Dale, Gary, Aaron along with all their volunteer help, finally got the truck in running order and ready for the trip back to Florida which was a nineteen hour drive. We send our appreciation to those who helped.
Take care, stay warm and remember to thank the Lord for another New Year.