Red Bank Church

The weather forecaster said that the Ragweed was up early this year and already showing a high pollen count.  That must be why I had a sinus condition to flare up this past week and now this week too.  I’m not enjoying this irritating, hacking cough that started today either.  I imagine there are lots of folks that are suffering from these allergy symptoms too.   Well, as the saying goes, “Whatcha gonna do?”

Brother Jake was on hand to begin the Sunday, Church service at Red Bank by leading the congregation in hymns.  Brother Jerry gave the morning welcome.  Celebrating their birthday with a mission offering were Brother Jerry Maggard and Brother Les Hallmark.

“America must turn back to obeying God rather than man,” was the main theme of the morning sermon.  This has to start with each person and each family allowing God to be the center of their lives. Reading His Holy Word.;  Learning of Gods love for us and of His awesome power; Believing that He sent his only begotten Son, Jesus, to  pay the price of death for our sins; And, obeying His commands.  As Paul wrote in Ephesians 6: 10-11, Finally my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  Satan will have a play day with our lives if we allow him to guide our lives and the lives of our children.  Our children will, most likely, follow in our foot steps.  Where are we leading them??  What our children learn from us may come back to haunt us some day.

I forgot to mention that for Mother’s Day at Red Bank, all the mothers present received a flower that she can plant to enjoy for the rest of the year and longer with proper care.  The oldest mother present, Willene Adams, was presented a special gift.  Tattie Maggard and Tracy Nelson each received a gift for the youngest mother present.  They happened to be the same age.  All the children present, also, had gifts to present to their mothers.

Gary and I had a good visit with Gary’s mom, Maxine Lirley, as we took her to Gainesville for a dental appointment one day last week.  We talked with her on the phone a couple of times later in the week to make sure she was feeling well.   She reported that she was making good use of an ice pack on her jaw and was looking forward to feeling a lot better.  We know that she gets a lot of good care at the Heart of the Ozark Healthcare Center where she resides.  Jeane Huff also tries to keep a good check on her mother and visit with her as often as possible.  Maxine said that she received a phone call from her daughter, Judy, who lives at Marshall, Mo.


One of the nicest Mother’s gifts that I received was a DVD of our granddaughter, Ryan Lirley’s, piano recital.  She played three songs and each was beautiful.  She is becoming quite the accomplished pianist now days.

That’s all the news for now.  Take care.  Remember that God loves you more.