Whew, it’s hot out today! I plan to stay in where it’s cool. According to the weather report, it may get up to100 degrees or more. I think it is time to start praying for rain. A chance for rain seems to be skipping over our area nearly every day.
Attendance at Red Bank was down quite a bit. Its vacation time you know. Many that work out side the home got to enjoy a long Fourth of July holiday this year. I always loved those long holiday weekends when I worked out.
The Red Bank Church service opened with hymns led by Gary Lirley. A warm welcome was provided by Jerry Huff. Jake Hampton led the hymns for the Worship hour. It was announced again that the Red Bank Bible School will be held July 22nd through July 26th. It will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 12:00 noon every day. There are lots of plans being made for a wonderful week of learning all about God’s Word and the world he created. The children and their families will also be treated to a fish fry on the last day of Bible School beginning at 1:00 p.m. For more information call 683-5991.
A birthday, Mission offering was given by Jeane Huff in honor of her grandson, Rex Hampton, and her brother, James Lirley’s, birthday. Also, the monthly business meeting will be held Wednesday, July 10th.
The morning sermon was based on Ephesians 1: 3-4, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: As Brother Lauren stated, “God did not promise us wealth or perfect wellness, but he has promised us Spiritual blessings, and He has promised to bless us with His power to live our life through Him.” In verse 4 and 5 we find that it was God’s plan, before the foundation of the world, that we become His adopted children through Jesus Christ. Accepting God’s Son as our Savior and Lord makes us his adopted child and heir to His Kingdom. Now that’s one Spiritual blessing to look forward to, along with all the other Fruits of the Spirit named in Galatians 5:22-23 which are, love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance.
For our Sunday evening service, Brother Lauren is teaching a Bible study featuring what he calls, “The Little, Big Books of the Bible,” beginning in I John. Everyone is welcome to come and participate in this, in-depth, study of God’s Word. All evening services begin at 7:00 p.m. We also have Bible Study during our Prayer Meeting on Wednesday evenings. We welcome you to be a part of that service also. I know you will enjoy and benefit from being there. Our CiA Mission, youth group also meets on Wednesday evenings at 7:00. Jennifer Lakey is their Mission Leader.
Maxine Lirley and Jeane Huff were treated to homemade ice cream last Sunday afternoon in the home of Gary and Alice Lirley. I told Maxine I would make ice cream for our Fourth of July barbeque meal together, but I never got around to it. However, we did enjoy eating a cold, juicy, sweet watermelon that day. I promised Maxine that if she would visit our home again that next Sunday I would definitely make good my promise and churn her some ice cream. Well, I did exactly that last Sunday afternoon and Maxine, Jeane, Gary and I stuffed ourselves on some delicious, homemade, sugar free, vanilla ice cream. The thing was, we had the air conditioner running full blast and I had to cover Maxine with a light blanket while she finished her bowl of ice cream because she was shivering cold. To tell you the truth, I came near wrapping up in a blanket myself. Instead, I just hovered over my cup of hot coffee for warmth. Gary did make a change in the air temperature, but it didn’t help much at that point..
Eloise Hallmark and her daughter, Miranda, arrived home Sunday evening after a trip to Illinois to attend, what I would describe as a, Shakespearean day, type festival with her brother’s family. Eloise repeated the proper name for the festival, but I didn’t write it down and now I can’t remember it. She did say that, while there, she and Miranda attended a performance of Shakespeare’s famous play, “Macbeth.” They also enjoyed a concert of big band music during their visit. It sounds like they had a wonderful time together.
That’s all for now folks. Take care and stay cool.