By Sammy Massie
What a beautiful day to praise the Lord. It was cool and the trees are very pretty. The Sunday school hour began with a congregational song, “Oh, How I Love Jesus.” Opening prayer was by Chris Curtis. The adult lesson was titled, “The Handwriting On The Wall,” taken from Daniel 5:1-31. The worship hour began with a report. There were no birthdays and we had an anniversary song for John and Pat Henderson. This week, everyone was welcomed by Brother Bill, who then read and revised the prayer list for all the many needs. They were for Randy and Hazel Walters, Shirley Hargus, Hope Cantrell, Kathryn Roetto, Chuck Howell, Maxine Replogle, Don and Beverly York, Larry Letterman and Cynthia Hayes. Announcements this week: Ladies Auxiliary at 7 p.m. Next Sunday, Nov. 15, Ozark Association meeting. The Christmas meeting will be at 7 p.m. Friday.
Congregational songs were “The Old Gospel Ship,” “The Glory Land Way,” “Lord, Build Me A Cabin In Glory,” and “Just A Little Talk With Jesus.” Special singing was done by Jeremy, “I’m Gonna Sing,” and Jerry, who sang, “Look For Me At Jesus’ Feet.” Shirley Sell sang, “He Didn’t Throw The Clay Away,” and Adlin, Holly and Harper sang, “This Little Light Of Mine.” Harold Lee read a reading.
Brother Bill had a very good message titled, “Keep His Commandments, If Ye Love Him,” taken from Luke 13:24 and John 14:15. The Amount Of Christians in other country’s that are less than two percent. The alter call song was “Lord, I’m Coming Home.” Closing prayer was by Pat Henderson.
Have a wonderful week at work and may God bless all. God loves you all.
By Lacey Cantrell
Crossroads EMC wants you to come worship with us! In Hosea 14:7, it says, “Those who dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall… grow like a vine.” God moves us from experience to experience, to “grow us up,” so he can use us more. As long as we are willing to yield to his methods and are willing to grow and change, he will find greater ways to use the talents and abilities that he gave us at our birth, as well as spiritual gifts and potential in Christ that he gave us at our spiritual birth. God is working and waiting and watching, always in the process of wooing his children to himself and of preparing us to receive what he has already prepared for us.
By Sue Epperson
Nov. 8 is the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. In 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, it says, “We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, about those who have fallen asleep, so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope.”
“For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God, through Jesus bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself, with a word of command, will come down from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive will be caught up together with them. Thus we shall always be with the Lord. Console one another with these words.” God is with you now and he will be with you in the future.” From The Word Among Us, Nov. 2020 page 29.
Let us pray for one another.
By Autumn Summers
The Christmas program practice is every Sunday evening at 5 p.m., with the program to be held the evening of Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening, Nov. 11, we are beginning a new Bible study, “All The Apostles.” Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes are due by Nov. 15. Thanksgiving dinner will follow morning worship on Nov. 22. New Year’s Eve Game Night is at 7 p.m. on Dec. 31.
Thought for the week: God is in control.
By Brenda Brinkley
Sunday morning worship began after Reed Smith range the bell, with a little help. Announcements included a business meeting on Dec. 6. We will have our annual Thanksgiving/Christmas dinner on Dec. 13 after morning worship. Our Christmas program will be Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. Several were mentioned for prayer, including Bob and Vicki Fryman, Betty Williams, Kymberli Perryman and the family of Betty Clemens. Gary led in prayer.
I led the song service, accompanied by Denny Jones on the guitar. Ushers for the offering were Derrick Young and Gary Brinkley. Denny led in prayer. As special music, Derrick sang, “I’ve Never Been This Homesick Before.” Denny sang, “Open My Eyes That I May See.”
Guest speaker James Lansdown delivered the message using Lamentations 3. Satan is good at throwing up roadblocks. We have to remember God’s deliverance. Birthday wishes go out this week to Kymberli Perryman and Denny Jones on Nov. 12.
Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Betty Clemens. Betty was our daughter-in-law’s grandmother. She was a very sweet lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Saturday is the opening day of firearms deer season. For many in this area, deer season is a big deal, but there is a limit on the number of deer you can harvest. Hunting for lost souls is open year-round and there is no limit. More than once, we have claimed that we have an over-population of deer and something needs to be done. Well, we have an over-abundance of lost folks. Isn’t it time we got busy?
Have a good, safe week and happy hunting.
Mt. Sinai Church
By Doris McFarland
Sunday morning services opened by singing and prayer led by Destiny Young. Phillip Ragsdale had the call to worship, “What are your favorites?” Among those on the prayer list included Tammie Maples, Sterling Bridwell, John Lawless, Brenda Crawford, Eddie Burks, Marie Hale and her daughter, Michelle, Angie Jones, Leroy Crawford, Donnie Crawford, Lyle and Pamm Underwood.
Clint Young led the adults in “Abiding Love,” taken from John 15. For the worship hour, the ladies group sang “How Great Thou Art.” Brian Davenport gave the communion message. The pastor titled his message, “Do you trust God in spite of circumstances?”
For the evening service, specials were by Tom and Robin Rost and Doris McFarland singing “Take the Name of Jesus with You” and “O Come, Angel Band.” Gary and Diane Davenport sang “He Whispers Sweet Peace to Me.” The pastor’s message was “The Sign of Jonah.”
Thanks to Christy Davenport for organizing an applesauce-making event on Saturday. Those attending (youth and adults) enjoyed the day. Thanks to Phillip Ragsdale for providing the apples.
Coming events: Wednesday Bible study, 6:30 p.m. Collection of change continues. The money will go for buying Christmas gifts for “Share Your Christmas.”
Thought for the week: Read Ephesians 5:16. Time is urgent; don’t waste it — redeem it.
Pleasant Hill United Methodist
By Jeanie Replogle
We opened our services with singing, “I’ll Fly Away.” The scripture was Matthew 25:1-13 and Brother Wally’s message was, “Be Ready.” The responsive reading was the Modern Affirmation. Kevin Stacey led the worship service. The Bible study groups will meet Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.
Please be in prayer for Pat Smikle, Jan Smikle, the family of Linda Lloyd, the family of Betty Clemens, Ben Cook, Debbie Olson, Jim Dargel, Nancy McGehee, Lloyd Gunter, Jimmie Silkey, Dustin Redman, Lynn Smith, Stephanie Stasiak, Gregg and Tina Hendry, Andrue Barnwell, George Pendergrass, Debbie Cantrell, Doug Speer, Shirley Yarger, Morgan Green, Faith Gossett, David Compton, Becki Matney, Margie Davis, Shannon Collins, Sam Westpfahl, John Marlin, Madge Kennemer, Brian Grabher, Don Goeden, the leaders of our nation and the men and women of the military and all the folks that are suffering from this pandemic.
Rogersville First Baptist
By Betty Lou Tutor
Spiritual uplifting feelings flowed throughout our church as we stood proudly in unity, addressing the Pledge of Allegiance to our American and Christian flag. In recognition of Veterans Day, we salute the men and women who fought and died for our freedom. You gave up your personal lives to serve and protect us. Faith, patience and trust in God gives us strength to continue living on this earth. Our god reigns no matter what our battles are or how we think they should be. We thank Tyler Hooker for presenting songs of glory to all mankind. Pastor Winston began in 2 Timothy from Paul’s writing of how to be a good soldier, enduring hardships serving Jesus Christ. Winston discussed how Satan tries to cause confusion by telling you lies, like you’ll not be forgiven and God doesn’t love you anymore. This isn’t true. God loves his children, so we must be a fighter and stay focused. There’s no hole in your life that cannot be mended if you give it to God. Have complete faith, commitment and devotion, disciplining yourself. Real joy comes from being obedient to God. Share the good news of salvation to others, so they may know the Lord as their personal savior. Come follow Jesus and allow him to restore your life. Remember, in good or bad trials, Jesus will never leave or forsake you. God is alive and he rules over all. Thank you Winston for an inspiring and loving message. We appreciate your godly dedication. God bless.
The Upper Room
By Bob Holden
A heavy frost blanketed the bottom land last week and I began to think about the first snow. There’s nothing more beautiful than a fresh snow that covers everything in sight. There’s also a peace there that brings to light the sweet peace, indescribable peace that comes from knowing the Lord Jesus Christ.
Listen to the prophet Isaiah’s words recorded in Isaiah 1:18-20: Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; But if you refuse and rebel, You shall be devoured by the sword, For the mouth of the Lord has spoken."
In closing, as fresh snow covers the land, so the precious blood of Jesus covers all our sins. Please note of the words "if" and "but" in verses 19 and 20. Also the word "devoured" here means completely eaten up! How are those who refuse and rebel against God devoured? By the sword that comes from the mouth of the Lord! Be encouraged this week by being willing and obedient to God's Word. Our deepest thanks to all our veterans for being willing and obedient. God bless your all.