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Bethany Baptist Church

Pastor Bob and Darlene Sorensen drove to St. Louis, Thursday to spend Thanksgiving with her parents, Don and Doris Taschner. They were back home Saturday afternoon.

Several of the church folks entertained in their homes. Joe and Linda Wood had a large gathering of nieces, nephews, and friends there Thanksgiving Day. Sadly though, one of their nephews returned home to find that his house had burned.

Norma Stillings and her son, Dan Stillings, entertained Cliff and Debra Bohnstedt and Cliff’s grandsons, Jeffrey and Zadon of Springfield, Tom Stillings and Joyce Greenwood of Ozark, and Alan Stillings, Saturday afternoon.

Darlene Sorensen sang a special song, Sunday morning before Pastor Bob brought a message on “Giving Thanks unto the Lord.”

We should be thankful that God is good and his boundless mercy endures forever. The redeemed are supposed to “say so.” After all they have been delivered out of the hand of the devil from death and hell and have been promised a mansion prepared in heaven by their own Savior Jesus Christ in a city whose maker is God. These are those who were down and out as in a wilderness, hungry and thirsty, seeking and never finding peace or safety. The Lord found them and gave them the water and bread of life, set them in safe places. Should we not always be thanking him? We can show our gratitude by how we live and by how we serve both in our public and private life. That service will include telling others about the goodness and mercy of the Lord.

The church had its regular Fifth Sunday Evening Fellowship Supper followed by a service of special music and testimonies. Music was provided by the Jubilee Singers, the Stillings Family Trio, and a couple of duets were done with Dan Stillings playing the guitar, Norma Stillings with the autoharp, and Darlene Sorensen with her mandolin. Darlene closed the service with a reading and a solo.

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