Greetings to everyone. I finally got caught up on getting everything back in order after spending a week in VBS at Red Bank. My dining room table was loaded with supplies that I couldn’t fit in a folder for each of the five lessons we taught. Of course, these supplies had to be put away once Bible School was over. Gary and I taught the primary class. We really enjoyed using puppets to help our young listeners understand that having Jesus in their lives is worth more than all the gold they might look for and perhaps find during their life time. One can’t depend on gold to take care of all one’s needs, but Jesus can handle every need and every situation. Teaching in Bible school has always been a great joy for Gary and me. It has always been a learning experience for us as well as the children we teach. The best way for a young Christian to grow spiritually is to accept the challenge of teaching God’s Word to others. I started out teaching beginner age children in a mission class called, “Sunbeams.” I was in my early twenties then. Wow, that was a while ago! Appreciation to all those that devoted their time, their energy and their love for the children to help in our VBS this year. I know that God has already blessed your lives for doing His work so unselfishly. And, there are more blessings to come when we see the results in these children’s lives some day.
Church was well attended at Red Bank last Sunday. Brother Jake was on hand to begin the morning service by leading in hymns. Brother Jerry welcomed members and guest. Jeane Huff sang a beautiful song for special music. Brother Les read from Isaiah 40:31 and 41: 10 to expound on the fact that God our Father promises to renew our strength as we live our lives for Him; work in his fields to plant His Word; then cultivate and harvest souls for Jesus. Isaiah 40:29 says He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. In verse 31 God sent us this promise, But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 41:13 comforts us with these words , For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. I’m sure that the Apostles Paul and Silas remembered these promises when they were beaten and imprisoned in a city in Macedonia where they were preaching. This story we find in Acts 16 tells us that these two men were praying and singing praises unto God at midnight while secured into the inner prison with their feet fastened in stocks. Verse 26 shows us the result of their faith in God to help in troubles times. It says, And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. Never underestimate the power of God. Praise His Holy Name.
Red Bank dismissed Sunday evening services so that everyone could attend the Fifth Sunday Singing that was held at the Dogwood Nazarene Church. The singing was well attended and the music presented was wonderful. A bountiful meal and time to fellowship with each other was also enjoyable. The next singing will be held in September at Pleasant Ridge Church. Everyone is invited.
Gary and I visited with Maxine Lirley one day last week. While there, we noticed that she had finished another painting. This one had a western theme which included a stage coach pulled by a team of horses headed for a town in the distance. Her paintings are getting better and better. I told her I especially liked the way she had blended her colors together for better effect. If she keeps painting pictures, Grandma Moses won’t have anything on this gal.
I got a nice e-mail from Galen Hall, Maxine Lirley and Willene Adams’ brother who traveled from his home in California to spend a couple weeks visiting with them and other family members. He wrote that he totally enjoyed his visit with everyone and that he had been blessed with a safe flight home.
By the way, a reunion for kin folk and friends of the Metcalf family is being planned for Saturday, September 1. It will be held in the Red Bank Church fellowship room from 10:00 a.m. to around 4:00 p.m. A covered dish luncheon will be held at 1:00 p.m. A special effort to take family pictures is also planned. For more information one can call LuAnn Metcalf at 417-683-1452.
Well folks, tomorrow will begin the month of August. Pray that God will bless us with a plentiful amount of rain during this new month. We surely do need it. Pray hard and pray sincerely with faith. He will hear our prayers and supply our needs. Take care.