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Hello everyone. You may have noticed that I missed a couple of weeks in writing a news article. Sorry about that. I just got wrapped up in trying to get too much done in a short amount of time, and by the time I thought to write my article, it was too late to get it sent in to the Herald.
It was so great to finally get some rain last week. We got about 1 to 2 inches of moisture, but I hear that some other communities got around 3 inches. We are praying with faith that we will receive more rain soon.
Jake Hampton opened last week’s church service at Red Bank by leading the congregation in hymns. Brother Jerry Huff welcomed members and guest. He also introduced the morning Sunday school lesson. Celebrating a birthday with a mission offering was Eloise Hallmark.
Red Bank was blessed with a special guest, Darrel Cates, who gave an inspirational presentation of music and testimony. Accompanying himself on the guitar and harmonica, he sang four beautiful songs, two of which he wrote. Darrel’s testimony was that of how God had made him a new creature and changed his life forever. God has given Darrel special gifts that will be instrumental in spreading the Gospel. We were certainly blessed by his talent and testimony, and invite him to share more of it with us.
For the morning message, Brother Les spoke from John 9. The emphasis of the message was that Jesus leaves the door wide open for everyone to come to Him. They will be forgiven of whatever they may have done. As the Apostle Paul wrote in Corinthians 5:17, Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
It was good to see that Willene Adams was feeling able to attend church services at Red Bank on Sunday. It has always been important to her to always be faithful in the Lord’s Service.
Eloise, Les and Miranda Hallmark spent a day last week enjoying the sights and rides at Silver Dollar City in celebration of Eloise’s birthday. Brother Les said that the ladies had a ball riding on all the rides they could, including the roller coasters. I ask Eloise if she actually did get on the coaster rides, she replied, “Yes, all three of them. It was a lot of fun.” Way to go, Eloise!
Accompanying Gary and I on a trip to North Missouri for a family reunion was Maxine Lirley, Jeane Huff and Judy Smith. It was great to get reacquainted with family members that we had not seen in years. I asked a family member to help me get families together so everyone with cameras could take pictures of family groups. She complied, and we came home with some wonderful photo memories and names to go with them.
By the way, a reunion for kin and friends of the Metcalf family will be held at the Red Bank Fellowship room on Saturday, September 1st. A carry in covered dish lunch is planned along with a time and place for taking family pictures and lots of good music and visiting. I understand that a DVD will also be made of the reunion and copies will be available. For more information contact LuAnn Metcalf at 417-683-1452. Ya don’t want to miss this one!
Have a great week. Stay in constant contact with the Lord. He is the only one that can make a lasting difference in our lives.