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There was a good attendance at Red Bank Church for Mother’s Day. The morning hymns were led by Brother Gary Lirley. Brother Jerry Huff gave the morning welcome and introduced the Sunday school lesson. Brother Les reminded everyone that our monthly Praise service would be held this Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. There will be a potluck, fellowship meal to follow the service. Sister Jennifer Lakey announced that the youth’s CiA mission group is collecting personal health items such as tooth brushes, toothpaste, combs and soap to deliver to our church camp for those children that forgot to bring theirs. All items should be seal wrapped or in separate containers. Celebrating his eighth birthday with a mission offering was Ceht Harness. Jerry Huff gave a mission offering in memory of his mother, Nina Huff. Brother Les also gave an offering in memory of his mother, Verla Hallmark, who passed away recently.
John 15: 10-11 pretty well sums up the message presented for the morning sermon. Jesus said, If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. Brother Les pointed out from these Scriptures that if Jesus thought it important that He obey His Father’s Commandments then we, as His Children, should make a point of obeying them too; that we might abide in His love and that our joy, in Him, might be full. True happiness is a wonderful reward for obedience, don’t you think?
The Praise service was enjoyed by all. It turned out that there was a little extra surprise waiting for those that attended. An, impromptu, “We Don’t Want You to Go,” party with balloons and a personalized ice cream cake was given for three of our youth, Zach Hodges along with Starr and Ceht Harness who will be moving soon. We pray that they will be happy in their new home and will find another church family there to worship with. Our church family has come to love them very much. We love every one of our youth. They all rate as very special people in our midst.
I’m sure that Mother’s Day was celebrated in a very special way in most families. Gathering at the Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center for the Mother’s Day Tea in honor of their mother and grandmother, Maxine Lirley, were James and Debbie Lirley and Maddie Jones; Jeane Huff; Gary and Alice Lirley; Danny, Karri, Emma and Kate Hampton. Also at the Mother’s Day Tea in honor of their Mother, Willene Adams, were Irene and Roger Swearingen; Robert and Angie Adams. Everyone was served cookies and tea and was entertained with song and verse presentations. Maxine Lirley wrote a special Mother’s Day poem for the occasion that she read to the audience. It was beautiful. Her children are very proud of her.
For Mother’s Day I received phone calls, cards and gifts from my three children and a special card from my husband. All of that attention made it a very special day for me.
Our pastor had a birthday on the 14th of May. I heard that a surprise birthday party was being planned for him by his family. Happy Birthday Brother Les.
Take care. Let God’s Word be your guide in all situations.