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The Red Bank Church service began with Jake Hampton leading the congregation in hymns. Jerry Huff greeted members and guests and introduced the morning Sunday school lesson entitled, “From Failure to Correction.” Scripture for this lesson was taken from Exodus 15:19-21 and Numbers 12:1-16. After Sunday school, more hymns were led by Brother Jake to prepare our hearts for the hearing of God’s Word. Announcements given were that the annual Fall Festival at Red Bank will be held Saturday, Oct. 27. A wiener and marshmallow roast is planned with chili, cheese, and onions available for Chili Dogs, if one desires. Each family is asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share.
Games for children will begin at 5:00 p.m. The wiener roast and eating will begin at 6:00 p.m. A time for singing and special music is planned to take place at 7:00 p.m. Come and share with us in these festivities of food and fun.
In absence of Brother Les, who was to bring the morning sermon at the Glade Top Trail event, our guest speaker for the Worship service was Brother Lauren Page. The Scripture text that Brother Lauren chose was taken from Zephaniah 1: 1-5 and 2:1-3. The warning that the prophet, Zephaniah, gave to the people, in the days of King Josiah, that punishment was coming to those that still worshiped Baal and others that had turned their backs from the Lord is still pertinent in today’s world. Brother Page said that we, as a country, say we trust in God, but in many ways our actions do not show it. God gives us the same instruction to rectify our sin toward him as he gave to those in Josiah’s day. Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the days of the Lord’s anger. (Zephaniah 2:3)
I talked to Brother Les today about how he saw the success of this year’s Glade Top Trail. He reported that it thrilled him that with a back ground of some of the most beautiful colors of nature he has ever seen, every seat was filled on that hillside to hear a message from God; whose plan it was in the first place that such beauty be exposed for us to enjoy. The message God provided through Brother Les was that the effectiveness asked of God is: We that know Him and are in His household should be gaining attributes of His likeness. We should become more like His Begotten Son in our compassion and forgiveness for others. Added to the morning Church service was the beautiful voice of Missy Breshears who sang two songs at the beginning of the service and one at the end. Brother Les said that it seemed to him that the attendance was far greater than last year; maybe even doubled. And, that God had provided a blessing of perfect weather for the event.
A Christmas play has been selected and parts are being handed out to those willing to help. I think everyone will really enjoy this year’s program. Everyone is excited and eager to get started with the practice. We need more volunteers. Come and help.
Gary and I joined Maxine Lirley to take part in all the food and festivities at the Fall Festival held at the Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center. We had all the chili, cheese and chips we could hold, not to mention a wonderful selection of pie to choose from. There were also several music groups to enjoy listening to as we ate.
Eloise Hallmark and her daughter, Miranda, made a trip to Illinois last week to check out different college campus’ and meet with administration to find the college that best fits Miranda’s needs. Thursday they visited a college in Eureka, Illinois. Miranda actually spent the night there in a dorm with a young lady that was a freshman there. She went to class with her the next day and was able to interview the professors even more than they interviewed her. During the trip, Miranda was privileged to attend a Home Coming at Knox College at Galesburg, Illinois. Eloise, Miranda’s mother, is an alumnus of that college. Monday she attended classes at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. The only difficulty reported was that it rained all day Monday while on campus. The two ladies returned home on Monday night. Miranda said that she noted distinguishable differences between each college she visited, and had many likes for each of them. One big bonus experienced on this trip was that Miranda got to spend lots of time with her young cousins.
The green tomatoes that I picked off my vines to keep them from getting frost bit are ripening nicely. I have prepared several batches of Fried Green Tomatoes for Gary to eat. That’s one of his favorite foods. I enjoy them too.
Take care. Remember to put God first and give Him your best.