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Amanda's Column


Most facebook "facts" that pop up on your page tend to be a bunch of hogwash. But one article that caught my attention was claiming that there was an antidepressant in dirt. Now I didn't do any research to see just how factual that was, but it certainly seems to make sense to me. I have noticed that everyone I've ever seen working in their little patch of earth, be it a flower bed or vegetable garden, seems well happy, energized, content. And that goes just as well for me.

Perhaps that's why mud puddles are so sought after by kids and why they appear to be drunk with glee once submerged in the stuff. They're absorbing an insane amount of antidepressant goodies.

I've always welcomed spring with an eagerness to get to the garden so I can clear out all the old foliage, maybe pick up a few rocks and get that dirt worked up. How I love the smell of that freshly turned soil, and the feel of it between my fingers. And then there's the planting of seeds and plantlings; to watch the little fellows spring forth with promise of a good yield to enjoy during the bearing season and that I'll can for the winter.

However, this spring has found me trapped in IL, with next to nothing to do outside work wise. We'd intended on being home well over a week ago, but with the flooding that struck two days before our planned departure, we were forced to remain in this crazy, flat, anti-gun, GMOed country due to bad road conditions and Blair's creek well out of her banks.

As the cold rain continued to fall, day after day, I became house-bound-nuts! I was pacing the floor, irritable, depressed and everything seemed worse than it really was. One evening I'd gone out to Larry's (my father-in-law) garage to check on my strawberry plants and found them looking droopy. I'd thinned out Larry's patch a few days before we'd thought we were going home, and now they sat in their trays of mud. I started fretting that they were drowning, so eight o'clock at night, Larry got me some trays with better drainage and I went to work. I scooped my little babies out of their soupy goop and lovingly snuggled them into their better trays while encouraging them to hang in there until I could get them to their new home. By the time I was done, I was back to my normal self, super excited about what all I'll be planting in our garden once we get home and all the stuff I'd be canning after harvest.

Naturally, when I finally got to bed, I couldn't sleep due to excitement. My toes were twitching and my fingers were drumming. Needless to say, I actually think that article had something there. Dirt is so healthy for you, both mentally and physically.

The rain at last let up several days later and the sun reappeared with the blasted wind of course, this being IL and all. By the time the waters subsided back home and we realized just how horrific this 2017 record-breaking flood was, Doug decided to have our Suburban looked at before venturing into unknown road damages because the 4-wheel drive had been finicky ever since we got it. Turned out to be the transfer-case. Yeah that's gunna hurt the pocket book.

While thinking through our options, Doug ordered another part needed for the '98 Durango which we'd brought with us with the hopes of selling. The part won't arrive for another few days, and then there's the needed time to make the repair. I began to realize it was still going to be awhile before we could go home and that pesky depression and edginess creeped back in. But this time the sun was shining and the weather actually warmed up, making me more desperate to get home to the garden.

Now my strawberries were drying out in their airy trays and getting crispy in the sun. I got to worrying over them again, along with my yellowing tomatoes plants I'd bought a week ago which were getting cramped in their original little trays. It was time to get in some dirt once more! I moved my tomato plants into larger containers, and then transferred the strawberries to rectangle flowerpots.

It didn't take long for my smile and optimism to return. So dirt definitely has something in it that lifts the spirit and makes you all sorts of giddy. Feel free to question my opinion and go mess around in some dirt the next time things have you down. I'm pretty sure you'll feel different in some way either better in mood, or just plain dirty.

Shannon County Minutes

Jeff called the meeting to order Monday, May 1, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

Members Present: Jeff Cowen, Presiding Commissioner

Dale Counts, Northern Commissioner

Herman Kelly, Southern Commissioner

Shelly McAfee, County Clerk

Visitors: Joe Kelly, Gary Wood and John Mark Brewer

Commission approved the run-ons and abates to the personal and real estate property valuations prepared by the Assessor's office. (D-Y, H-Y, J-Y)

Commission approved the invoices presented for payment. (D-Y, H-Y, J-Y)

Gary Wood stated there is a problem with the drainage and grading on county road 570 west off T highway. He states the road is cut down too much and needs to be rolled after grading.

Joseph Kelly was present to inquire about closing a portion of a county road. The commission explained the necessary procedure to apply to close a county road.

John Mark Brewer was present to inquire about disaster relief for the county citizens.

Dale motions to approve the minutes of April 24th, 2017. Herman seconds the motion. Motion carries with all in favor. (D-Y, H-Y, J-Y)

Dale motions to approve the schedule 13 showing miles of line in the county from the telephone companies. Herman seconds the motion. Motion carries with all in favor. (D-Y, H-Y, J-Y)

Being no further business, Dale motions to adjourn the meeting at 12:25 p.m. Herman seconds the motion. Motion carries with all in favor. (D-Y, H-Y, J-Y)

The next meeting will be held Tuesday, May 9th at 9:00 a.m., county courtroom, first floor of the courthouse.

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Shannon County Health Department Calendar

MAY 2017

May 17: WIC (cert/recert, check pick-up, appt. only) at Birch Tree Pioneer Baptist Church

May 22: Blood draws, immunizations, blood pressures, blood sugar screenings; Health Department downstairs; Robin Harwell, RD, Diabetes Education Class 11:00 am till 1:00 pm (Walk-ins Welcome), Health Department downstairs

May 23: WIC (cert/recert, check pick-up, appt. only); immunizations; Health Department downstairs; blood pressures at Winona Senior Center

May 24: WIC (cert/recert, check pick-up, appt. only); immunizations; Health Department downstairs

May 29: OFFICE CLOSED (Memorial Day)

May 30: WIC (cert/recert, check pick-up, appt. only); Blood draws, immunizations, blood pressures, blood sugar screenings; Health Department downstairs; Health Department downstairs; Monthly Board of Trustees meeting at 4 pm, Health Department upstairs

May 31: WIC (cert/recert, check pick-up, appt. only); immunizations; Health Department downstairs

Lunch ‘n Learn at Health Center

Robin Harwell, Mo. Highlands Healthcare Dietitian, will be holding a Lunch ‘n Learn at the Shannon County Health Center on Monday, May 22nd.

Fresh lettuce, onions, asparagus and strawberries are foods ready to harvest. These fresh fruits and vegetables add vitamins, minerals and fiber to a diet with a low-calorie punch. Diets rich in fiber have been shown to benefit the heart and the digestive system.

Come for the class at 11:00 am and stay for a light lunch prepared at the Health Center. Recipes will be provided for the meal of tuna salad with pico de gallo, vegetable stir-fry and fresh strawberries. Satisfy your hunger for food and for creating a healthy lifestyle at the same time.

For more information, you can reach Ms. Harwell at 573-663-2313 or by email at rharwell@mohigh.org.


Akers Reunion at Akers Ferry: A Weekend of Fun!

Shannon County Museum Partners with National Park Service

The weekend of May 20 & 21, visitors are invited to join the Shannon County Museum members and our National Park Service to celebrate and remember an important part of Shannon County. Participants are encouraged to explore all the historic sites, including Akers Ferry, Mt. Zion Church, Devil's Well, Howell/Maggard Cabin and Welch Spring. This weekend will be packed with fun events, such as potlucks, music and canoeing fun! Those with a connection to the Akers community will have an opportunity to share memories with everyone in attendance.


Saturday, May 20th

9:00 AM--Current River Canoe Race (Start at 9:30 AM?Akers to Pulltite.)

6:00 PM Recognition of Canoe Race Participants

Contact dave_tobey@nps.gov

Sunday, May 21st

11:00 a.m. Church service at Mt. Zion Church

Noon -2:00 PM--Potluck Lunch Pick'n N' Grinnin' Music-Shannon County Museum Pickers--

1:00 PM - Akers Cemetery Meeting

Discounted Float trips from Welch Spring to Akers Ferry ($20 per vessel) provided Akers Ferry Canoe Rental

Join us on this exciting weekend to learn more about our area and explore often forgotten sites! Reservations for discounted float trips must be made in advance. Bring food or other goodies to share at the potluck! Lawn chairs are encouraged. For more information or to schedule a float, contact Judy Maggard Stewart at 573- 247-8706.

Art show for artists with disabilities

The Fifth Annual Ozark Independent Living (OIL) Art Show Featuring Artists with Disabilities opens May 16 and runs through May 29 at the West Plains Civic Center mezzanine during civic center operating hours. Artwork will be displayed by artists from Howell, Douglas, Oregon, Ozark, Shannon, Texas and Wright Counties, the seven counties in OIL's service area.

OIL Marketing and Independent Living Specialist Terry Hampton said, "The annual art show is an opportunity for artists of all ages with disabilities to display their talents and for the community to view and appreciate those talents. We award first, second and third place ribbons in both youth and adult divisions, but all of the artwork comes from the heart of each artist, and every piece is creative and beautiful in its own right. We invite everyone to visit, have a look and be inspired."

OIL is a non-residential, not-for-profit disability resource center and consumer directed services provider which is operating in its 21st year. For more information about services and programs call 256-8714 or connect on Facebook at "Ozark Independent Living."

West Plains Parks & Recreation

Winona Park Board News

Gooseberries Have Their Roots in the Ozarks

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Gooseberries are a late spring-early summer favorite with roots in the Ozarks according to Kelly McGowan, horticulture educator, University of Missouri Extension.

"Gooseberries are native to much of southern Missouri, and we frequently get questions at the extension center about gooseberries," said McGowan.

How difficult are gooseberries to grow? Gooseberries are easy to grow. The Pixwell, Poorman, and Welcome varieties work well in southern Missouri.

"The bushes reach three to four feet in height and are relatively carefree as far as pests. The bushes are also useful in the landscape, and one plant may produce up to 25 pounds of fruit," said McGowan.

When are gooseberries ready to harvest? McGowan recommends picking gooseberries when the berries are full size. Most gooseberries are thorny plants so use gloves when harvesting.

"Gooseberries may be picked when green and tart good for pies or cakes. Gooseberries may also be picked when fully ripe, purple or red, with some sweetness and these are more often used for preserves or sauce," said McGowan.

How do I handle gooseberries after harvest? Remove the stem and the calyx and then refrigerate the fruit until used. Many ways to use the fruit cakes, jams, preserves, sauces.

For more information, contact one of MU Extension's horticulture specialists or educators in southwest Missouri: Patrick Byers in Webster County at (417) 859-2044, Kelly McGowan in Greene County at (417) 881-8909 or Robert Balek in Jasper County at (417) 358-2158. Or, call the gardening hotline operated by the Master Gardeners of Greene County at 417-874-2963.


Source: Kelly McGowan, (417) 881-8909

Letters to the Editor!

Dear Editor,

The Eminence Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all those who came out and supported the Ozark Mountain Festival and made donations for the flood relief. We were able to raise $8,500 from sponsors, donations and the proceeds from the day. We gave this to 17 recipients, who truly lost everything.

Susan Orchard

Chamber Treasurer

A Nature Test

?As someone who worked for many years as a naturalist in state park systems, the national park service and a contract naturalist in the mountains of Arkansas for that state's Natural Heritage Commission, I think surely I could be pardoned for having a little fun with a group of people who refer to themselves as master naturalists after attending classes for a week. I have met many of them, and most are nice people who are hungry to learn about nature.

?A few years ago they paid about forty dollars to attend a series of conservation department night classes and if they passed the test they got a certificate for that, saying they were ‘master naturalists'. I don't think anyone ever failed to pass it. So for a month or two I added a nature question to each of my outdoor columns and lots of folks seemed to enjoy that.

?I myself am not a master at anything, though I was once darn near a master johnboat paddler, and in my youth, almost a master snooker player. I sure learned a lot in receiving a degree in wildlife management and working all those years as a paid naturalist. I think I would recommend those two efforts if you really want to be a naturalist go to college and then get a job in that field.

?Back when I was a boy, there were lots of young people who were natural naturalists, kids who grew up on Ozark farms and spent hours out exploring the woods, and the creeks, and learning the difference in a hawk and a hoot owl, and a bass and a bluegill by the time they were 8 years old.

?So since readers seem to enjoy answering those questions, I thought I would just do a whole column of natural history questions. If you are indeed a master naturalist you should be able to answer ALL these fifteen questions without looking at any books or the Internet. These things you should know without much thinking.

Let's start with birds

1. Two hawks in the Ozarks that are hard for people to tell apart are the red-tailed hawk and the red-shouldered hawk. Which of the two have a one-note call, and which has a two-note call.

2. What bird of prey cannot build or prepare a nest but still may attempt to raise young in the dead of winter.

3. What bird other than the hummingbird will often visit your hummingbird feeder in the spring to drink nectar?

4. What bird may find a songbird nest, kick out the eggs and lay it's own eggs for the nesting birds to hatch and raise?

Now for the mammals

5. A shrew can go for up to three days without eating! True or False?

6. What common Ozarks furbearer has insufficient salivary glands?

7. A dog of the same size can hybridize with both coyotes and foxes?

8. True or False The hair of a white-tailed deer is hollow!

Concerning fish

9. A shell-cracker is also known as a. rock bass b. drum c. red-ear sunfish.

10. A flathead catfish will sometimes eat a channel catfish and vice-versa True or False?

11. Eels are sometimes found in unimpounded Ozark rivers, but they cannot reproduce there! True or false.

12. What is the common name most often used in the Ozarks for the plentiful Green Sunfish?

And a few about plants

13. Commonly eaten and canned like spinach in the spring old time Ozarks, it was known as ‘cow pasley'. What is the other common name? a. hillbilly ? spinach b. crows foot c. poke d. wild dock

14. What tea was said to thin the blood in the spring?

15. What is the fastest growing, and arguably the prettiest, of the large trees found in the Ozarks?

?Okay, now here are the answers. I hope you didn't peek. If you have, you are disqualified from being a master naturalist and true Ozarkian. The two-note hawk is the red-shouldered, and the non-nest-builder that hatches young in the dead of winter is the great-horned owl. Number three is the oriole and number four is the brown-headed cowbird. Five is false, shrews have to eat every few hours or they die. The raccoon washes his food so much because he doesn't have enough saliva. Coyotes often cross with dogs, but foxes do not. The hair of the whitetail is indeed hollow. The answer to number 9 is c. Both catfish will indeed try to eat the other when the size is right, and Ozark river eels migrate back into the ocean hundreds of miles away to reproduce. Number twelve is easy black perch. Number 13 is crow's foot, and number 14 is sassafras. A sycamore outgrows all Ozark trees and is also the prettiest of them all. You may think another tree is prettier, and if you would argue that, you belong on the front bench of the pool hall, where I once saw four or five old men debate that for much of an hour. And in that pool hall, when I was about twelve, is where I learned that possums breed through the nose!!!

?You can contact me at lightninridge@windsteam.net or write to me at Box 22, Bolivar, Mo. 65613 You can get information about my outdoor magazine or any one of my 9 outdoor books by calling Ms. Wiggins, my executive secretary, at 417 777 5227.

She has figured out how to take orders over the phone for either via credit card. But grade schools that are still in session may order a quantity of my book, ‘Dogs and Ducks and Hatrack Bucks' to give to students. It is a collection of outdoor short stories written for and about young boys, and I am giving them away free to students who get tired of reading romance stories and mysteries. I know a little about mysteries but not a darn thing about romance.

Birch Tree

This and That at Birch Tree Place

By: Beverly Craig, SSD

Hello again from Birch Tree Place. Where has the time gone? Here it is May already, before we know it the kiddos will be out of school and vacation season will be upon us. As usual we have been busy around here. The LHS Health Occupation Class has been with us for the past few months. There was a great group this year and to my knowledge all passed their certification test and are Certified Nurse Assistants, congratulations to all! We had a great turn out for the Community Easter Egg Hunt at the Birch Tree Elementary. It is amazing how quick those kiddos can pick up all those eggs! Was good to see all my regulars at the Senior Centers for bingo, come out and join us on the first Tuesday at Eminence and third Monday at Winona. Also we have been having a great turn out for Nail Care at the Birch Tree Senior Center on the first Thursday. Also be watching for us on Facebook, it is good to be back sharing with you all on the web as well.

We have recently started something I would like to tell you about. As most of you know Birch Tree Place is a small facility, we are all about family with a home like atmosphere. The residents of this community are not just residents they are family to us. So with family in mind once a month we all sit down together for a family style meal and fellowship with each other. Come by and join us sometime. Just give us a call and we will set an extra plate.

It is good to see Danny Kimes back from a recent hospital stay. He is recovering well and almost back to him old self. Georgia Wiggins and Carl Lay have both joined our family this month. Welcome to our community. Sandra Zitnak spent a few days with us during April. Rhonda Shepherd and Norma Howell have both discharged from our Rehab to Home Program.

We have had several join our team in April; Julia Cernetisch SNA, Breanna Grumet and Rebekah Martin Dietary, Melissa Kile SNA, Stephanie Raynor CNA and Debra Murphy CNA. Welcome to our team, we are so glad you have joined us.

Several celebrated birthdays in April; Ruby Adams 100, Lelah Cooley 101, Judy Loomis 74, Dorothy Samples 93 and Alma Sipple 96. Staff celebrating were Jessica Howell, Beth Sullivan, Aerial Tipton and Cassidy Wallin. Happy Birthday wishes goes out to all.

Those celebrating years of service; Dena Reeves and Jamie Johnston both for 5 years. Congratulations ladies, you are an asset to our team and you are appreciated for all you do.

I would like to introduce to you our Resident of the Month, Bennie Sutton.

Ben as he is known by most of his friends was born in the year of 1929 and has lived in Missouri his entire life. He served twelve years in the United States Army. He shared with me, all of his family knew he was in the service but that was something he has never talked about. When I ask him what his former occupation was he stated well let me see, just put, "after many years of hard work I retired"! His wife passed away several years ago. He has five children, two sons and three daughters and after putting all the grands and great grands together they total over thirty. His children are spread over three states, Alabama, Oklahoma and Missouri. He has a very special chosen granddaughter Casey, who is his little shadow and also a special friend, Faye. In his spare time he enjoys visiting with family, friends and watching westerns. One of his favorite things to do is reminisce about old times. I might add he has a wonderful sense of humor and enjoys spreading the medicine of laughter everywhere he goes.

Ben has lived here at Birch Tree Place for a few months. I ask him what brought him to our community his reply was, well let me tell you the story .one day I was driving down the road and my friend Faye and Casey were in the car with me. We came upon the highway in Winona at one of the caution lights; I pulled out and headed down the road. After I pulled out I realized I had not really looked both ways. I realized then that at 87 years old I couldn't drive as well as I used to. It really scared me that I could have hurt all three of us or worse. That is when I made the decision this is where I needed to be. I love it here! I see kids, well that is what I call them, I went to school with, and of course they are much older now. Some I thought were long gone, but here they are a whole house full of people I remember. I can set around and reminisce about old times and memories we all have in common. This is my home, this is where I get my mail, and this is where I live. I have my own room, people come and go, I have someone close if I need help and a doctor right here. They feed me well, even if I had a million dollars I couldn't make it better! This is just what I needed.

When I got ready to leave I ask Ben if I could take his picture, of course he said. He had to inspect the picture and make sure the ear was showing. He asked me if I wanted him to share what happened to his ear, I said sure. He went on to say well one day Faye got mad at me and bit off a piece and threw it on the ground and stomped on it. Well even though I was rather nervous curiosity got the best of me and I had to ask what really happened. Well the real story was he had a cancerous area removed. Oh he said it was just a little spot but I had that nurse really play it up for me. I told her to wrap it in a large bandage going up over my head and around. See I had a mission, there where I lived was a bunch of old widow women and I knew they would take pity on me and I would get a bunch of pies and cakes! Ben doing what he does best spreading the medicine of laughter!

Tune in next month to hear all about our First Annual 5K Color Run. It is set for May 20th check in at 7:30 AM run starts at 8:00 AM. We will be having a bake sale that morning during the run. All the proceeds will go to the Good Samaritan Clinic and Relay for Life. Make plans to join us!!! You can always keep up with our happenings on Facebook.

Until Next Time



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Jack's Fork Country Church

"Trust God with your life – after all, He gave it to you!"

Dave Anderson welcomed us on this sunny Mother's Day and led us in prayer and the pledge. Promise: Luke 6:23, Scripture Proverbs 1:8-9

Opening Hymns: "Just Over in the Glory Land", "Sweet By & By" and "Give Thanks".

We celebrated birthdays for Betty Burrus, Jerry Steed, and Bridgett Liggett!

Congratulations to the high school graduates!

Our church lost a special Christian brother this week, Bruce Cox, who lost his battle with cancer. A founding member, Bruce loved JFCC and he will be greatly missed. We ask prayers for Lois Cox and family, Nikki Watson, Randy and Ryan Liggett, Baby Uriah, Jerry Evans, Janet's sister, Betty's sister, Gwen Counts, Joe Akers, Danny Ray & Kate, Terri's parents, son and co-workers, Mike's parents, Paris' grandmother, Judy's Aunt Ethel Beckmon and family of Dick Rees, Wenzel family friend, flood victims and volunteers, our military and families and our country and leaders. Allen Akers led us in prayer.

Tommy Boyd blessed us with special music today, and gave our sermon on Psalms 42:5, "Hope Thou in God!" We are thankful for mothers today! In times of trouble, children run to their mothers. We need to run to God who will get us through our troubles!

Tommy read Psalms 19 and 24 about the darkness that appeared on the land, and rivers brought abundant frogs everywhere, even in the homes! Flies covered Israel, then came hail and fire from lightning! Then, the plague of the first born children! God instructed His people to sacrifice an animal and spread blood on their doors to protect themselves from the Death Angel. Matthew 5:45. Do not lose hope, as God will be there when the storm passes. Romans 5. "We can glory in tribulation!" Learn to trust in God and teach your families to "Hope Thou in God!" Talk it out with God and read your bible! Tommy led us in prayer.

Nancy Ray and the children made special Mother's Day cross magnets and presented one to each mother. Thank you!

Dave A. sang "I Wish I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again".

We closed with "Old Country Church" and "This World is not My Home". Tim Rolen led us in our closing prayer.

Eminence  Methodist

This Sunday as we gathered for worship service, we were again blessed with beautiful weather. Our first hymn, "This is the Day" expressed the joy of being together to sing praises to our Lord.

This past Thursday our church fellowship hall was the location of the Red Cross and other agencies helping folks with various needs as a result of the recent flood. There is still much work to be done to restore our beautiful area.

During prayer time, those suffering loss from the flood were in our prayers. Windy Smith, Charlie Titus and the family of Bruce Cox were added to our prayer list.

A shared joy was birthday greetings to the lovely lady in our congregation celebrating her 93rd birthday. Congratulations Selma! Best wishes were also expressed to all the 2017 graduates in our school. Santannah Smith was our eighth grade graduate. Santannah is the daughter of Randy and Stephanie Smith and Gloria Fry's granddaughter.

Amaura was our candle lighter this week.

During a sixteen week period Pastor Wentz took us through the Bible, from the beginning and ended with Revelation. We learned how God lead His people, along with the River of Life flowing strong at times and then going away during troubled times when His people turned away and were disobedient. Today's lesson was titled, "God Wine". Four points were covered during the sermon: In this world you will have trouble. God doesn't explain everything to us. In the end, God wins and until then, be sure to drink freely from the River of Life. Because God is love, He sent us the gift of His son and those who believe in Jesus can have eternal life.

Judy's prelude Sunday was, "There is a River". 1st scripture was read by Terri Pitz and 2nd scripture by Dick Hunt.

As a tribute to our mothers on their special day each received a flower. Edibeth read a poem titled, "Somebody's Mother". Come worship with us.

Black Pond



Birch Tree Assembly of God

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Eminence First Baptist Church
Website: www.fbceminence.org

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL MOTHERS! I hope all Mothers had a good day in the Lord's house. We had a very touching sermon about Mothers and the Mother of our Lord, Mary. Here's hoping all Mothers had a blessed day and we honor you all for being the special ladies you are.

Today we want to take time to wish Jacob Bill a Happy Birthday and Mrs. Pearl Edgar. Mrs. Pearl is quite amazing. She can't be knocked down for long! As sick as she has been, she is still a tribute to all women telling us to "keep on keeping on". She is still very faithful in her church attendance and steadfast in her faith and her love of God! Mrs. Pearl we salute you in your love of life!

Today's breakfast was provided by Renee Rowden and next Sunday will be Carolyn Carr. Special music this Sunday was supposed to be Corrie but I heard she has sick daughters at home but next Sunday Hilltop Singers will have special music.

Special Prayer request for Summer Camp and VBS. Youth camp in Van Buren June 26-30 and children's camp July 10-14th. VBS will be July 17-21st This year we have a space theme "Galactic Starveyors". I hope all you young astronauts are ready for a fantastic journey. Come every night and see what happens. Also, if you feel God wants you to help in VBS, get in touch with Jade or Sarah Bressler and they will find you a special place.

Eminence HS Baccalaureate and Graduation ceremonies were Sunday, May 14th, at 2 PM. We wish good luck to all those kids heading out into the world. Praying for all of you to find your success and place in today's society. On May 15th, our 8th graders will be graduating at 6 PM. Come support and encourage our youngsters as they progress in life and make another step toward adulthood.

May 15th, we will have Pray Across MO at the Courthouse at 10:30 AM, everyone is welcome! May 16th, at 1 PM, Ladies Prayer Group at the church; May 17th Youth Group at 6 PM and business meeting at 6:30 PM.

Our next "Discovering Church Life" Class 101 will be next Sunday at 12:30-2:30 PM. Lunch will be provided but no child care. Open to anyone (non-attender, attender or member). Class 101 is a basic introduction to our church family and designed to explain who and what our church is all about.

Prayer list for this week is for all our mothers, Howell Oregon guys; Centurytel guys, Bruce Cox family, Draven Pritchett, Wanda Lane (Tommy's Mom), Linda Barnes, Kenny Grandstaff, VBS, summer camp in Van Buren, the Baptist Church in Van Buren (serious flood damage), Emma Bland (another strong lady that can't be kept down) and all our graduates.

If you don't have a church home come worship with us at 9:45 AM for Sunday School, 10:45 AM for worship service and 6:30 PM for Sunday evening. Also 6:30 PM on Wednesday evening.

Eminence Assembly of God

Mt. View Baptist


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West Eminence Christian Church

What a beautiful day we enjoyed as we entered to worship on Sunday. We received a welcome greeting from Jerald and Kathryn Conway and our children handed out a flower to each of our ladies on this fine Mothers Day.

Joel Bates and Worship team led us in song: Holy is the Lord, His Love endures Forever, and Lord I Need You.

Several of our kids brought a presentation remembering and honoring our mothers.

Joel Bates led our communion devotion from Joshua 1:8 - "Be strong and courageous, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

We also honored our high school graduates who received a Student Study Bible.

Prayer needs included Dee Brown, travellers, flood recovery, Clinton Jadwin, Cadence Williams, Xander, Mary Jennings, Jean McConnell, Draven Prichett, family of Bruce Cox.

We give praise for mothers, graduates and for the many helpers in the flood recovery.

Bro. Allen's message was "Faith of Our Mothers". We appreciate the loving, guiding and praying faith of our mothers. We are grateful for the morals you instill, the Values you inspire, the behaviors you model and the words you speak to help children on the path to the Lord.

We have church camp registrations available and VBS will be June 19-23 with the theme "Mighty Fortress."

Fellowship Tabernacle, West Eminence

Women of Faith


Love is an active force. When we "walk and talk" and live God's message of love, we create a community full of faith. When we do that, we are God's voice, His hands and His light for each other. We are living love.

We had a good turnout for our meeting. We opened in prayer. Ms. Joyce made roses for all the ladies for Mother's Day.

It was good to have Suzanne join us tonight. Joyce, Earlene and Stella shared a devotion.

I am always available to you. Once you have trusted Me as your Savior, I never distance Myself from you. Isaiah 54:10, Genesis 28:15, Matthew 28:20

"Worry is largely a matter of thinking." I am the light of the world. My followers will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.

We are still working on Shop with the Cops and a Shoe Box Christmas. It feels good to help others.

Our women's meeting is the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 6 PM, at Joyce Haynes' and Hazel's house. Thank you Joyce and Hazel for opening your homes up to us each month.

Please pray for one another. Help someone this week. God will richly bless you. Have a blessed week.

Jennive Shemwell & the Women of Faith group

Winona Assembly of God

Winona Baptist 


First of all, our prayers go out to all the people in the floods everywhere. Also, to the JoAnn Minnich family and the Donald Ballance family in the loss of their loved ones. Pray for our nation, leader and police officers. Pray for one another. Lord, how we want to run to You in times of need, and how blessed we are that we always find You available. Thank You Jesus!

Brother Nick's message today was from Mark 13:24-37, 14:1-26. The coming of the son of man. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. Heaven and earth shall pass away; but My words shall not pass away. But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray; for ye know not when the time comes.

I believe with all these floods and things going on, God is trying to open the eyes of a lost and dying world. Are You Ready if the Lord comes back today? If not, what are you waiting for? The plan of salvation; the conditions are simple...repent, confess and believe.

Tell your family you love them. Tomorrow may be too late.

Sunday School-10 AM, Worship Service-11 AM. Everyone is welcome. Have a blessed week. God bless. Hope to see you in church Sunday.

Ladies Fill My Cup Fellowship



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