Greetings from Red Bank. The weather man says we may get some snow tonight, but it will melt by tomorrow. I can handle that better than having three foot or more of snow surrounding me at one time such as some of our states in the East have had to deal with lately. They are used to having a lot of snow and cold weather, but according to them, this topped the cake, so to speak. We need to pray for them because many are without electric service and are having many other difficulties because of this devastating storm that has besieged them. We have been blessed with good weather so far this winter. Let’s remember to be thankful.
The Red Bank’s Sunday church service began with hymns led by Gary Lirley. Members and guest were welcomed by our Sunday School Superintendent, Jerry Huff. Jennifer Lakey gave a Mission Offering in honor of her son’s birthday. It was announced that the CiA Mission youth group will have a Valentine’s Day, Spaghetti Supper Wed., Feb. 13 at 7:00 p.m. Prayer request was made for Willene Adams who is recovering from a surgery to repair her broken leg. She is in St. John’s Hospital. She needs all our prayers.
For the morning sermon Brother Les chose text from Matthew 20 and Romans 11. In Matthew 20 Jesus used a parable about the land owner that went out to hire workers for his vineyard for a penny a day. He hired some at the beginning of the day and some more men toward the end of the day. When he went to pay each worker, he gave the workers that had only worked one hour the same amount as the men that had worked all day. Of course, this did not sit well with the men who had worked the longest and they began to gripe. The explanation given by the land owner was that they received what they had agreed to. He told them to go their way because he intended to give to the last workers the same as he gave to the first, because he was good. In verse 16 Jesus said, So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen. All of mankind is called by God to be workers in his fields. Whether we work for a long time or a short time in His vineyards of life, the offer of Eternal Life with Him in Heaven is the same for each and everyone who will come to Him in the Name of Jesus, His Son.
Visiting with Maxine Lirley this week was Ralph and Barbadeen Laughlin, Jeane Huff and Gary and Alice Lirley. While Gary and I were visiting with Maxine, Gary asked Maxine if the fact that she was going to be 90 years old on her birthday, which is on Thursday Feb.14, was going to cause her to feel a lot older. She said, “Well, I don’t think that I will feel one day older just because it’s my birthday. To me, it will probably feel and be just like any other day.”
That’s all the news for now. Stay well and stay warm.