Black Oak

By Sammy Massie

What a wonderful day to worship and praise the Lord.

Sunday school began with congregational singing. The adult lesson was titled, "Got faith? Show it," taken from James 2:1-26. Opening prayer was by Wayne Plunkett. The worship hour began with a report read. There were two birthdays: Carol Singer and Wayne Plunkett. There were no anniversaries. Everyone was welcomed by Brother Bill, who then read and revised the prayer list for all the many needs: Wayne Young, Carlene Farr, Frank Preston, Kenny Walker, Nicky Delozier, John Henderson, Jean Deckard, Junior Hightower, John LeCompte, Shirley Copeland, Mike Letterman and all the many others on the prayer list.

Norma Lampert was back at church. It was good to see her. Harold Lee had a good reading. Brother Bill followed with a good message taken from Philippians 2:12-16 and other passages from the Bible. Bill prayed to start his message and the altar song was "Lord, I'm coming home."

Announcements: Business meeting, no youth at 7 p.m.; Friday night movie night at 6 p.m. Next Sunday, March 21, Ozarks Association meeting in Lebanon at 2 p.m. May God bless you all! 

 

Crossroads EMC

By Lacey Cantrell

Crossroads EMC wants you to come worship with us!

Malachi 3:10 says, “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse…. And try Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not… pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.”

God’s promise of abundant, overflowing blessing is directly linked to obedience in giving tithes and offerings to Him… To ask God to bless you financially even though you are in disobedience to His commandments is to ask God to overlook His own laws and statutes and to deny the truthfulness of His Word. God will not do that. Our role is to obey God in all matters, including our giving of tithes and offerings. God bless.

 

Holy Trinity

By Sue Epperson

March 14 marked the fourth Sunday of Lent. Ephesians 2: 4-10 Brothers and sisters: God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to live with Christ—by grace you have been saved—raised us up with him, and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in his

Kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith and this is not from you, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so no one may boast. For we are his handiwork, created in

Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.

St. Paul says it ALL. Let us pray for one another.

 

Marshfield Assembly of God

By Angela Reid

Join us at Marshfield Assembly of God for our Drive-thru Easter Eggstravaganza! Kids 0-12 receive a treat bag with eggs, candy, and prizes from the Easter Bunny! Free hotdogs, chips, and drinks for the family. This come-and-go event is April 3 from 11 am to 1 pm. Join us the following morning for our Easter Sunday service at 10:15. Easter is the perfect time to reconnect to your faith. Services also available for children 0-12. Hope to see you there!

Mission Home

By: Brenda Brinkley

What a wonderful week! We got much-needed rain. The annual Associational Trivia night was a lot of fun and very well-attended.

Saturday night was our singing, supper, and fellowship. God blessed us with plenty of all that and a nearly full house. Thanks to everyone who came out and to all who helped in whatever way. It was a full night of singing praises to our Lord. All honor and glory to God. Without God nothing is possible. With God, anything is possible.

Sunday morning worship began after Bob rang the bell. Following announcements and prayer requests, Gary led in prayer. Many contributed to the ‘Blessings’ jar.

I led the song service accompanied by John Anderson on the guitar. Ushers for the offering were Bob Fryman and Remington Floyd. Bob led in prayer. As special music, I sang, “How Great Thou Art.”

Pastor Doug Brown delivered the morning message. He asked, “Are you fully trusting?” He used Mark 5: 21 - 43 as the text.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Kim Bertoldie on March 17, and to my sister, Beverly Ledford, on March 18. Happy Anniversary to Doug and Jeni Brown on March 20.

Easter will be here soon. Mission Home is having a special Son-rise service at 8 a.m. Breakfast at 9 a.m. and morning worship at 10. Everyone is invited. There will be no Sunday School that morning.

With all the rain, it would have been easy for people to find an excuse to stay home from Trivia Night or from the Saturday night singing. Praise God, they chose to ignore the excuses and attended.

Have a good week and don’t make excuses; make a difference.

 

Mount Sinai

By Doris McFarland

Sunday school opened by singing “This World is Not My Home” with Christy Davenport leading in prayer. Phillip Ragsdale led the devotional “Morning Mist” taken from Isaiah 44:9-11, 21-23. His text was “God’s grace is endless and divine.” Prayers were offered for Patsy Lummis, Angie Jones, Addy Milam, John Lawless, Karen Milligan, Kay Moore, Mary Ellen Downing, and the family of Debra Eddlemon. Clint Young led the adults in their lesson, “Prophet of Conquest” taken from Joshua 5 and 6. 

The morning message was titled “The Way.” God’s word is a GPS to the right way. Special music was by Christy Davenport singing “In the Midst of the Storm.” Gary McFarland had the communion message. He will be bringing the message next Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

Evening services began with the ladies group singing, “How Great Thou Art.” The pastor’s message was “A call to persevere.” He stressed how we need sincere hearts and fully trust God.

Thought for the week: “Circumstances are like a feather bed: comfortable if you are on top but smothering if you are underneath.” Have a blessed week.

 

Peace Lutheran Church

By Pastor Edwin Lehmann

What does it mean if you say, “God has saved me. I am a Christian”?  If I am truly saved and call myself a Christian, God has done it all for me, from start to finish and everything in-between.  It’s not my work but his – totally. 

Sunday’s lesson said, “He made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in trespasses….It is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works” (Ep.2:5,8). 

Grace is a gift; it is not a reward earned in any way.  I could not even believe it or choose God on my own, not if I was dead in sin.

If a person is dead, he is lifeless. It’s impossible for him to do anything.  You cannot go to a cemetery, stand over a marker, and call to the person who is beneath it and expect him to respond: “Get up! Come on, get out of there!”  Nothing will happen.  Why not?  He is dead!   

Since the fall into sin, that’s how all people are until the Lord in grace intervenes.  We are alive outwardly, but dead within, dead towards God until he brings us back to him - all the way. 

That’s grace – unmerited, undeserved, a gift of God.  I did nothing.  He did everything.  How great is his love!  That’s why it’s called “Amazing!”

Join us for midweek Lenten worship, centering on God’s grace in Christ, Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

 

Pleasant Hill

By Jeanie Replogle

It has been a very rainy several days that We have been Blessed with; even though it has been muddy in the fields, We will be wishing for some of this moisture in a few months. Pleasant Hill opened the service with Praise song "I'll Fly Away". Kevin Stacey led the worship service. Pastor Wally's message titled "Look Up and be Healed" Numbers 21:4-9; John 3:14-21. The responsive reading was "Psalm 107." Happy Birthday to this reporter & Thank You Church Family.   Bible study will be this Wednesday at 7 PM, We will discuss Luke 23.   Please be in prayer for: Tom Byrd, Fred Replogle, Donna Burd, Bella Maillet, Sheila Hoggatt, David Compton, Dustin Redman, David Cornelison, Jan Smikle, Patsy Lummis, Morgan Green, Pat Smikle, Lewis Uchtman, Jason Hazaga, Rick Collins, Mark Mason, Steve Eggers, Lynn Smith, Stephanie Stasiak, Shannon Collins, Madge Kennemer, the leaders of our nation and the men and women of the military.

St. Paul Lutheran

By Joanne Roberts

For this fourth Sunday in Lent, a key verse was “Now  Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came up to him and said, ‘You also were with Jesus the Galilean.’ But he denied it,’” (Matthew 26:69-75).

Sermon was “Places of Passion: The Courtyard.” During the last century, a person wrote to 25 very important people saying, “I know what you have done. If I were you, I would leave town.” All left town. What would you do?

A prostitute was brought before Jesus. It was said that she should be stoned. Jesus responded to the crowd, “Let you who is without sin cast the first stone.” All silently went away. Jesus spoke to the woman saying, “There is no one to condemn you. Go and sin no more.”

While in the courtyard where Jesus had been taken, three people  each said that Peter was with Jesus.  Each time, Peter vehemently denied this.  What would you do?  Are your actions that of a Christian or do they disavow knowing Jesus? In confirmation, we promise that we will be faithful even unto death.  Peter felt guilty when the cock crowed three times after the third denial, as Jesus had predicted.He wept bitterly.  Do you feel remorse for wrong things you have done or said?  God sent Jesus not to condemn Peter or us, but to be our savior.  All who believe shall not perish, but shall have everlasting life. Do our actions show we are Christians?  Let us steadfastly go forth joyfully sharing Jesus and serving God by serving others in Christian love.

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