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Greetings from Red Bank. Wasn’t the weather beautiful for this Easter Sunday? Usually, the weather on that day is wet and somewhat blustery. There is an old saying that if it rains on Easter Sunday, it will rain on the following seven Sundays. It usually happens that way too. I wonder if we can expect sunny weather on the next seven Sundays. That would be nice as long as we get the moisture we need during the other week days. Right now, I’m just thankful for the warm, spring weather that we have been blessed with.
There was a good attendance at Red Bank Church this Sunday. Brother Jake opened the morning service by leading the congregation in singing hymns. Brother Jerry gave a hearty welcome to everyone. A birthday offering was given by Jeane Huff, not only for her birthday, but also in memory of Harry Stafford whose birthday was also in April. Harry was a beloved member and deacon in our church who, along with his wife, Bonita, served in the Lord’s work, faithfully, at Red Bank for many years. They were both wonderful youth leaders. Gary and I, along with many other children, including Jeane, benefited greatly from their Bible teaching and Christian influence. For special music, Eloise sang a beautiful song, accompanied by Brother Les on the guitar. Eloise also blessed the congregation with another song from her C.D. collection.
Brother Les chose Matthew 28 as background scripture for the Easter message that he brought to us. This scripture, as well as Mark 16:5, Luke 24:4 and John 20:12 give us a detailed account of Christ’s Resurrection. It is interesting to read each account because one can learn more of that day’s happenings from each writer. Brother Les read Colossians 3 to explain that one who has accepted Jesus as one’s Savior has, also, risen with Him to a new way of life; a life secure in Him with peace and happiness. Your old life is dead and now you are raised with Him to a new life; a life of peace and joy because you know that you are part of God’s family and that he loves you and is always ready to give any help you might need along the way. What more could one ask for? Follow the directions in Romans 10: 9-10 to become an instant Child of God.
After services, everyone gathered in the fellowship hall to share in a bountiful Easter meal together. After the meal, an Easter egg hunt was provided for the children. Prizes were given for certain eggs that were found. There were lots of eggs hidden and lots of children, eagerly, searching all over the church yard for them. They all went home with their baskets full of eggs, candy, toys and other prizes. I didn’t hunt for eggs, but I did enjoy decorating about two dozen real eggs for the hunt. When my children were young, I always made sure to take some time on the Saturday before Easter Sunday to decorate eggs with my children. It was a good way to enjoy doing something together at home. I do believe that today, families would benefit greatly by doing more things together at home rather than going somewhere else and being distracted and separated by others. It would cost a lot less too; even though, that would not be the main goal. Parents need to spend some, “close time,” with their children in order to know their needs, desires, fears and joys. Knowing is at least half the battle, I always say. prayer, and God’s help is the other half. Having children to raise is a blessing, but it can sometimes feel a bit like an up-hill battle in one’s life if it’s not done the way God intended.
Sunday evening was praise night at Red Bank. Everyone that attended enjoyed great music, great fellowship and great food.
Visiting with Pam Shell and Bill Holland Sunday afternoon was Les Hallmark.
Gary and I drove to Ava last Thursday afternoon especially to visit with Maxine Lirley. We went early so we would not interrupt her afternoon bingo game. We had a great time visiting together. She showed off the angel statue that she had finished painting. It will soon be placed in the Healthcare Center’s yard for everyone to admire. The angel is now adorned in a beautiful blue gown. Look for the Center’s angel statue when you visit.
We were reminded at church that the Fifth Sunday Singing will be held this month. So far, the word is that it will be held at the Goodhope General Baptist Church. We will try to publish the exact time and place at a later date.
That’s all the news for now. Take care. Know that God cares for you and yours.