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I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful weather we had today. I certainly did. The prospect of having two rainy, dreary days ahead encouraged my husband and me to get outside and do some walking around our place.
The ole flu bug has struck again. This time it is the stomach flu. The schools were menaced by it along with other local areas. Gary stopped by the Healthcare Center to visit his mother, Maxine Lirley, and found her in bed with the flu. Several of the residents were also very ill. We kept in contact with her by phone all week, and were happy when we heard that she was feeling much better. We were afraid that we would also take the flu since we had been to see Maxine a couple days before she became ill, but so far wer’e doing fine.
We had a good attendance for church Sunday. Brother Jake opened the service by leading in hymns. Brother Jerry gave the morning welcome. Willene Adams gave a birthday offering to celebrate three birthdays in her family this month. Happy Anniversary greetings go to Mr. and Mrs. Josh Howie. They gave a mission offering to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. Congratulations, Josh and Dusty. Brother Les announced that the party for those that participated in the Christmas play will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 25.
God forgives and blesses those who repent of their sins were two main points for the morning sermon. Brother Les used the story of Jonah and the wicked city of Nineveh to express God’s love for his people and his willingness to forgive even the worst of sinners. One needs to read the Biblical story of Jonah, which one can find written in the four chapters of the book of Jonah, to understand the fullness of God’s love and forgiveness. This is an amazing story of how God realized the wickedness of the people of Nineveh and gave them a chance to repent.
Gary and I had a couple of little sales ladies come to our door Saturday morning. Emma and Kate Hampton came to show us the vast selection of Girl Scout Cookies they had for sale. Of course they were accompanied by their mother and father, Danny and Kari Hampton, because neither of the girls is old enough to drive yet. We all had a wonderful visit together and each of the girls left with an order of cookies to fill.
Take care and have a great week. Remember that God loves and cares about you personally. He wants to have a personal relationship with each of us. He is full of love and blessings and waiting for each of us to come to Him so he can pour them out on our lives.