Red Bank Church

Greetings to everyone.  We got a good rain early this morning and more gentle rain throughout the day.  It’s a good time to get some inside work done.  I’m sure everybody has been busy doing outside chores in preparation for the winter months which are coming on fast.

The Red Bank Church service began with hymns led by Gary Lirley.  Both Gary and Jake Hampton had a part in leading the Worship, music service.   Brother Lauren reminded everyone that the Fall Festival festivities would begin at 5:30 that very evening with games along with a Wiener and Marshmallow roast first on the agenda.   Hot Chili, hot Cocoa, hot Apple Cider and other desserts were also to be enjoyed.  It was also announced that the Youth committee would meet together immediately after Church service.

Brother Lauren spoke from Ephesians 6:1-10 on four very important relationships that we have on this earth.  In this chapter, Paul speaks of the relationship that children should have with their parents; the relationship that fathers should have with their children; the relationship that servants or workers should have with their masters or bosses, and the relationship that the masters should have with their servants or workers.   Brother Lauren stated that people are not listening to what God has to say about their actions.  God has instructed children to obey their parents in the Lord that their days may be long on this earth.  The problem is that rebellious children tend to end up following the wrong crowd and may, indeed, lose their lives at an early age.  Father’s are not to provoke their children to wrath, but rather bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.  Parents should not only instruct their children on the right way to live their lives, but they must also model the life style that they wish for their children to follow.  The, “Do as I say and Not as I Do Attitude,” does not ride with children.  They will most certainly, only model the modeler.   Servants are to be obedient to their masters not with eye service only but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. Likewise, masters should abide by the Golden Rule and treat their servants in a way that they, themselves, would want to be treated.

Our Fall Festival was well attended.  I especially enjoyed helping the children roast their marshmallows.  They each had to have their marshmallow roasted in a special way.  Most of them insisted on doing it themselves.  Of course, I was pretty nervous that they might burn themselves or get their hair caught on fire.  I was like an old mother hen that hovers over her chicks when they are in danger.  Let’s just say that I did a lot of supervising.   Other members also did their part in helping with games and roasting the wieners and marshmallows.  Everyone had a great time eating and fellowshipping with one another.  A big thanks to those that built the camp fire, provided roasting sticks, planned entertainment for the children and brought extra foods like Chili, deserts, and the special hot and cold drinks.

Early Tuesday morning, Gary and I, along with Jeane Huff, took Maxine Lirley to Mercy Hospital to keep a date with a Colon surgery that her doctor insisted that she have in order to be a cancer survivor.  It is truly amazing that surgeons can remove a foot of ones colon along with the cancerous tumor within its walls and then reconnect both loose ends to return to normal function.  It is even more amazing that a ninety year old lady like Maxine can have the surgery on Tuesday, and astound the doctors by being able to walk out of that hospital and return home on Friday of that same week.   Well, Maxine did just that.  We were told that older patients are expected to remain in the hospital from five to nine days after undergoing such traumatic surgery.  She is now recovering nicely at the Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center where she resides.  Of course, she had the prayers, the hovering presence and full support of her entire family the morning of her surgery along with their constant visual over her.  But, even more importantly, her prayers and the prayers of those who know her and love her provided her peace that she need not fear because she was most certainly in God’s loving care.  She said that it will take a little while to be able to eat very much at one time, but she is gaining ground on that problem each day.  She depends on prayer, so please remember her each day in your prayers.

That’s all the news for now.  Take care.  Don’t forget to, “Let go and let God.”  He will not steer you wrong.