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The weather man says we are in for a major ice storm. It might be a good idea to store some extra water in case we have some electrical problems because of ice on trees and electric lines. It looks like we are in for some serious winter weather. Burrrr, I’m getting cold just thinking about it.
The Red Bank Church service began with hymns led by Gary Lirley. Jerry Huff gave the morning welcome. Prayer request were made for Willene Adams who is gravely ill, and my little 6 year old great, great niece, Deanna Snyder, who is undergoing radiation treatment to control a tumor that developed at her brain stem. This tumor is caused from a rare disease and the doctor’s say that to date no cure has been found for this condition. Special music was presented by Mark and Mitzi Fawcett, Jeane Huff, Gary Lirley and Alice Lirley. Mitzi is our youngest daughter. It was a joy to get to sing with Mitzi and Mark, her husband, again. Mark accompanied us on his auto harp.
Visiting in the home of Gary and Alice Lirley was Les, Jeanine, Ryan and Hannah Lirley; Mitzi and Mark Fawcett; and Linda Richman.
We received news this week that our neighbor; our friend; and our Brother in Christ, Bill Holland, passed away this week after a long illness. A memorial service for Bill will be announced soon.
Scripture for the morning message was taken from Luke 17:12. In this scripture, Jesus told of a certain nobleman that traveled to a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return home. While there he gave his ten servants a pound each to invest for him. When he returned, he rewarded each servant according to the pounds they gained from the investments they made. The first gained ten pounds so he was put in charge over ten cities. Another was rewarded with five cities. But, one was afraid to invest what he had been given so he wrapped his in a handkerchief to keep till his master returned. His master was so furious with him for not, at least, putting it in the bank for a little interest return that he took the pound of money and gave it to the one who had gained ten pounds. The angry nobleman said, for I say unto you, That unto everyone that hath shall be given, and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him. We, as Christians, are given the talents and other wherewith to serve our Lord on his field. If we do not use what we have been given for service to Him, then we have lost what we could have had; and money does not compare with the other blessings. If all we do is think of ourselves, and be selfish with our time, talent and tithes, then we have only served ourselves and not our Lord and Master. We should never be afraid to GIVE HIM OUR BEST.
Visiting with Maxine Lirley last week was, Jeane Huff, Gary and Alice Lirley and Ralph and Barbadeen Laughlin. Feb. 14, was Maxine’s 90th birthday, so she received quite a bit of attention for that. I know that she received flowers, candy and a small birthday cake with ice cream. She was pretty well convinced that, that was the sum of her 90th birthday. Of course, it wasn’t. On Sat. Feb. 16, her daughter took her for a drive out to our house for a visit, but instead they stopped at the Red Bank Church where over 60 people had gathered to celebrate her birthday. She said she had no idea what was going on when Jeane brought her into the church house. Everybody stood up and sang Happy Birthday to her as she was taken down the aisle and then seated in a large chair in front of the crowd. She was then pronounced, “Birthday Queen,” with all the amenities. She was fitted with a beautiful Birthday Sash by her son, James Lirley; a tiara by her daughter, Jeane Huff; a Scepter by her son, Gary Lirley; and a Bouquet of Roses by her daughter, Judy Smith. The Master of Ceremonies, Les Lirley, her grandson, gave a, “This is Your Life Maxine Lirley,” slide presentation. After several greetings from grandchildren that could not attend, and several song selections along with the reading of comments written of how many remembered and appreciated Maxine, she was then presented with a special Heart Shaped Birthday Cake topped with a. “90,” candle. Before she blew the candles out, she made a wish that the church work that had been carried on at Red Bank for all these years would continue to grow and reach many for the Lord. After all these festivities, those attending the affair were dismissed to a beautifully decorated fellowship hall for cake, ice cream, bountiful fruit and veggie trays along with punch, coffee and tea to drink. Maxine appreciates everyone that attended and was involved in any way with this wonderful Birthday surprise for her.
Well folks, that’s all the news for now. Stay warm and stay close to the Lord who is the giver of all good things.