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Amanda's Column

Taking to the Trees

Raised in the country and allowed to be adventurous, kids will naturally take to the trees. First they learn to climb them, followed by rigging up rope swings, which eventually leads to building tree huts. At least that's how it should be.

Me and my brothers spent a lot of our childhood in the trees. We had several impressive rope swings throughout our years that probably would have killed us if we'd ever lost our grip on the rope at a bad time. Course there was the old fashioned tire swing too, which somehow was able to hold sometimes five or more kids at a time. Even with all that, the silly family dog would insist on clamping her jaws on the tail end of the rope and hang on even when the tire swung higher than her little legs could reach and she'd go swinging into the air with us.

I don't rightly recall the day I successfully climbed my first tree, but it must have been at an early age. I do vividly remember the day Mom gave up the whole idea of insisting I wear dresses on a daily basis after I jumped out of our big weeping willow tree but my dress managed to stay behind, properly snagged on a limb. I must have been around seven or eight at the time.

Then there were the tree houses…or more appropriately labeled- platforms. Our dad was always gone to work and too busy during the weekends to help us build our castles in the sky, so we put together whatever we were capable of constructing at the time with whatever we had on hand. Our creations were nothing to behold, but it was high off the ground and stable enough to hold our weight, so we were happy. Many a battle of sorts was fought from the ground and tree limbs once our fort was complete. Water balloons, mud-bombs, snowballs, buckets of leaves and countless other resourceful natural weapons were well at hand for our friendly sibling wars.

When we moved into Eminence for a time, one of the first things my brothers engaged themselves with was making the most of the situation by installing a platform in the one and only big oak tree back behind the flower shop. I'm not exactly sure where they'd gotten their lumber, but I'm pretty sure they simply scoured the many tucked away rubbish piles, river banks, ditches and gulches on the outskirts of town. Mom was fine with that; nothing abnormal for us. But the town came unglued! People were continually approaching Mom genuinely convinced that what the boys were doing was going to be the death of us kids. Eventually Mom reluctantly restricted them from their tree, fearful that social services would be called in. It's a shame people have been so far removed from how children had once commonly lived and played, making use of what the Good Lord provides in the natural environment and knowing how to put bits and pieces of whatever is on hand to use. Clearly most humans survived such "wild" upbringings since there are still people roaming the earth. J (And yes, we drank from the garden hose AND faucet!)

Well, we all managed to reach adulthood and now it's our own children's turn to take to the trees. Hava and Will have begun clambering up little saplings and found they can somewhat scale and swing on the massive wild grapevines that grow near the cabin.

While visiting Doug's folks in IL, Grandpa Larry got tired of the kids climbing all over and breaking the limbs of his few and precious trees in the yard. So he designated his one strong walnut tree for them to do as they wished. He hung an old tire off a sturdy branch and even erected a ladder that leads up to the center crotch of the short tree so the kids can readily climb up and swing back to the ground off the branches. The tree isn't very tall at all, so we don't have to worry about nasty falls as they learn to master tree climbing.

With us having plenty of boys, and a girl who appears to be following in my footsteps, I look forward to the future tree houses that may soon appear in our many trees. Who knows…I might be the one to encourage it by assembling the first one. If our kids are going to be anything like me and my brothers, they'll take it from there and in due time we'll have a regular Swiss Family Robinson mansion appearing in our tree tops, leading from one tree to another. And if I ever get that monkey I dream about having, we'll be set!

Shannon County Minutes

Jeff called the meeting to order Monday, June 18, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

Members Present: Jeff Cowen, Presiding Commissioner

Dale Counts, Northern Commissioner

Herman Kelly, Southern Commissioner

Shelly McAfee, County Clerk

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)

Dale motions to approve the minutes of June 11, 2018. Herman seconds the motion. Motion carries with all in favor. (D-Y, H-Y, J-Y)

Being no further business, Herman motions to adjourn the meeting at 12:00 p.m. Dale seconds the motion. Motion carries with all in favor. (D-Y, H-Y, J-Y)

The next meeting will be held Monday, June 25th at 9:00 a.m., county courtroom, first floor of the courthouse.


Eminence School Board

Captain Mark G. Inman, commanding officer of Troop G, Willow Springs, announces the assignment of two new troopers to Troop G:

Trooper Justice C. Simpson has been assigned to Zone 2, Texas County. Trooper Simpson is a native of Galena, Missouri, and a graduate of Galena High School. He attended Crowder Community College in Neosho, Missouri, where he earned an Associate of Arts in criminal justice. Prior to joining the Patrol, he was employed at Walmart in Branson West, Missouri. Trooper Simpson's zone supervisor will be Sergeant George Falterman and his field training officer will be Trooper Jacob Sellars.

Trooper Sean D. Goostree has been assigned to Zone 10, Northern Howell and Shannon counties. Trooper Goostree is a native of Rocky Comfort, Missouri, and a graduate of Wheaton High School in Wheaton, Missouri. He attended college at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice. Prior to joining the Patrol, he was employed by the 3M corporation in Nevada, Missouri. Trooper Goostree's zone supervisor will be Sergeant Shawn Dougherty and his field training officer will be Trooper Mayela Barron.

The two new troopers were members of the 105th Recruit Class of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The 105th Recruit Class began training on January 8, 2018, and graduated on June 29, 2018. They will report for duty on July 16, 2018.

The only 100 percent survivable traffic crash is the one that never happens. Make sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. Every day as we travel on Missouri's roadways, we trust that every driver on the road is going to obey the speed limit, pay attention, and drive sober. "Don't Violate The Trust." Follow Troop G on Twitter for the most current news @MSHPTrooperG



Winona Senior Citizens News

Play BINGO at the Winona Senior Center Wed. March 28th at 12 noon. Fun & everyone wins a prize!


Eminence City Board Meeting News

Shannon County Food Pantry









Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Independence Day

Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Calm wind becoming southeast around 6 mph in the morning.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 72.


Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 93.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 71.


A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.

Friday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68.


A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 87.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 67.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.


Summersville Bookends

June 29th kicked off our 2018 LIBRARIES ROCK! Summer Reading Program with a visit from the lead singer who made "Snoopy & the Red Baron" famous, Barry Winslow of the Royal Guardsmen.

The month-long schedule of activities for Summersville Branch includes visits from a geologist, Missouri Department of Conservation, the Extension Office, musicians, and artists each Monday and Friday in July @ 1 p.m. with the finale party @ noon on July 27th. A special Walking Stick Productions Rock Concert will be held at the library on Wednesday, July 18th @ 11:30 a.m.

All library events are open to the public, and children are welcome to participate in activities whether they have signed up for the reading program or not. Contact the library for more information.

The Summersville Friends of the Library group meets at the library on the 2nd Monday of each month @ 5:00 p.m. The next scheduled meeting will be on July 9th.

New members are invited to join this active group in supporting and participating in the continuing growth of the Summersville Branch Library. The Friends' Facebook page can be found by entering "Summersville Friends of the Library".

Summersville Library is a branch of Texas County Library and located at 480 First Street, on the south side of the square, next door to Open Door in Summersville. Business hours are 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m Saturday. Check out our webpage @ texascountylibrary.lib.mo.us or contact the library: 417-932-5261, or e-mail us: svlib@texascountylibrary.lib.mo.us, or fax: 417-932-5262.

Shannon County Health Department Calendar

JULY 2018

Monday, July 2: Immunizations, blood draws, blood pressures, blood sugar screenings

Tuesday, July 3: WIC open till 6 pm (appt. only), immunizations


Monday, July 9: Immunizations, blood draws, blood pressures, blood sugar screenings

Tuesday, July 10: WIC (appt. only), immunizations

Wednesday, July 11: WIC (appt. only), immunizations (both at Birch Tree Pioneer Baptist Church)

Monday, July 16: Immunizations, blood draws, blood pressures, blood sugar screenings

Tuesday, July 17: WIC (appt. only), immunizations

Wednesday, July 18: WIC (appt. only), immunizations (both at Birch Tree Pioneer Baptist Church)

Monday, July 23: Diabetes nutrition class with Robin Harwell (call our office for time), immunizations, blood draws, blood pressures, blood sugar screenings

Tuesday, July 24: WIC (appt. only), immunizations; blood pressures at Winona Senior Center at 11:30 am

Wednesday, July 27: WIC (appt. only), immunizations

Monday, July 30: Immunizations, blood draws, blood pressures, blood sugar screenings

Tuesday, July 31: WIC (appt. only), immunizations



Baby Announcements

Devon Waid and Brittany Holloway of Birch Tree are the parents of a baby girl, Natasha LeaAnn Waid, born June 3 at 11:31 p.m. at Ozarks Medical Center (OMC). She weighed 7 pounds 6 1/2 ounces and was 20 3/4 inches long. Her grandparents are Ronnie and Karen Holloway, Winona, and Keri Waid, Birch Tree.

Joe and Verronica Lynn of Mountain View are the parents of a baby girl, Maria Renee, born June 9 at 3:55 p.m. at OMC. She weighed 6 pounds 7 ounces and was 20 inches long. Her sibling is Gabrial, age 1. Grandparents are Ben and Sasha Brooks, Birch Tree and Dean and Cindy Winters, Branson.



I.C.G.M.A. Brings Country Gospel Music To West Plains Civic Center July 19-21

Country Gospel Music has it's biggest event of the year July 19th, 20th, and 21st as singers and musicians from all across America gather at the West Plains Civic Center for the 62nd annual International Country Gospel Music Association Convention and Award Show. This year's show marks the 10th consecutive year the event has been held in West Plains. The convention brings together many of the genre' s top artists for the occasion, with over 100 singers expected to perform.

The schedule provides daytime showcases beginning at 10:00 am Thursday morning and continuing until 4:30 pm each day. The evening shows begin at 6:00 pm. The highlight of the convention is the Gold Cross Awards Show held on Saturday evening. I.C.G.M.A. Honors excellence in music in 26 categories, including the induction of two artists in their prestigious Hall Of Fame.

The shows feature Country Gospel, Bluegrass Gospel, and Southern Gospel music each evening. The talent lineup reads like a Who's Who in Country Gospel. Performing this year will be Internationally known artists Barbara Fairchild and Roy Morris, Chris Golden, formerly of the Oak Ridge Boys, James Payne, and comedian Aaron Wilburn. Also appearing will be Jim Sheldon, host of the Music City Show seen on RFD TV, The Waymasters, Chuck Hancock, Tina Wakefield, Psalm 100, Mike and Doris Merritt, Joy Roberts, Jesse Reese, Dan Duncan, Gena Hamilton, Terry Davis, White River, Bob and Alta Courtney with comedian Pastor Pudge, Terry Davis, The Reed Brothers, Kevin Rowe, Heather Van Deren, Jimmy R. Price, Bruce Haynes, Mary Fay Jackson, Gene Reasoner, Steve Warren, Bryon Hildreth, The Tiptons, and many many more.

The entire event is free to the public. However, tickets are needed for the evening concerts. Those free tickets are available at West Plains Music, Landmark Bank, at the Channel 36 TV studios, Ozark Trading Post in Mt. View, Subway in Thayer, and at the Civic Center ticket office.

For additional information, you may contact I.C.G.M.A. President Dan Duncan at 417-255-9771 or 417-372-1129.





Eminence School Board

Eminence Library News

New Eminence Public Library Hours: Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Location: Courthouse First Floor.


Reflections from the Road

By Rick Mansfield

City Council Board Meeting

Child Advocacy Center awards Ferguson Family the John P. Ferguson Award.

Each year, a person, family, organization or business in southwest Missouri is awarded the "John P. Ferguson Award for Child Advocacy" for demonstrating an outstanding commitment to children who have been abused. This year's recipients were members of the John P. Ferguson family.

Dr. John P. Ferguson was the first physician to provide forensic and medical exams for sexually abused children in the area. He even postponed his retirement to serve young victims of abuse while community leaders sought and trained other medical providers to take his place.

The passion for the CAC mission was passed to other family members who have continued to serve on the CAC board and Young Advocates Council and provide support to the CAC in various ways. Heart of America Beverage Company, owned by Ferguson family members, sponsored 15 rappellers at this year's Over the Edge event.

"The Ferguson Family's work has had a positive and lasting impact on the lives of thousands of children. The original spark of passion for our mission, lit by Dr. John P. Ferguson, continues to impact abused children in our communities and will for years to come." said Linda Saturno, CAC executive director.

The Ferguson Family Wall of Hope will be established this summer to honor the family and recognize those who contribute to the CAC's Dr. John Flint Ferguson Legacy of Hope Planned Giving program. The Planned Giving program provides long-term support for the CAC's mission. The newly designed plaque will hang in the hallway outside the CAC board room and include names of donors who remember the CAC in their wills.

The award was given at the agency's annual dinner, "Diamonds in the Sky", on June 2. The dinner followed a full day of activities for Over the Edge that included 73 individuals rappelling the Sky Eleven building in downtown Springfield. Child Advocacy Center South Central Advisory Council member, Steve Privette, and Missouri Highway Patrol Troop G's, Warren Wiedemann represented the CAC South Central area. The day's events netted more than $180,000 for the CAC's mission of putting the needs of the child first in the investigation of abuse.

For more information about the Child Advocacy Center, visit their website at www.childadvocacycenter.org.

Letters to the Editor!

Dear Editor,

Where is Jason Smith? Have you been to one of his town hall meetings? Has he had a town hall meeting in your town that he announced or invited voters to attend? Has he answered your e-mails? Has he addressed the tariffs President Trump put in place and how it negatively affects industry and agriculture in the 8th Congressional District? Has he addressed the specifics on the cruel immigration policy by separating children from their parents? Has he offered a solution to reunite these children with their parents? Has he enable your comments on his official Facebook page to be seen by others posting there? Can you see the posts by others posting? Has he addressed the fact that undocumented workers are hired illegally by the agriculture, service, and construction industries and that this is a violation of federal law? Has he called for prosecution of those who break our hiring laws? Has Jason said that those crossing illegally with children are fleeing violence in Central America? Has he mentioned that this is a misdemeanor? Has he mentioned that people in the United States have their children taken away by a court action? Has he offered a solution to immigration? Has he mentioned that seeking asylum is legal? The answer is no to all of these questions. He offers no solutions, just misplaced blame.

Jason is proud of to be a Christian, and rightly so, yet he ignores the very words of the Bible that address how we are to treat people not from our country. Hebrews 13:1-2 "Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares." And Joseph took Mary and the infant Jesus and fled to Egypt, keeping Jesus safe from Herod. There are many Bible passages that reinforce our love and acceptance of others who are not from our land.

There are solutions to this immigration problem. Enforce laws that fine and prosecute those Americans who hire them. President Bush offered a solution by giving the undocumented worker status. If we do this, the businesses who hire them will have to collect income, Medicare and FICA taxes, something they are not doing now. We certainly need the revenue. We can pressure these countries that allow gangs to drive decent people to leave and seek asylum here (which is legal). President Trump was able to negotiate with North Korea. Can he not negotiate with the leaders of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Hon-duras to reduce the violence in their countries? Can he not negotiate with Mexico to help solve this growing problem? Finally, has he thought about the repercussions? Our churches all across this country would gladly sponsor these families until a humane solution is found.

Jason is not a parent. As a mother and grandmother I would do anything to keep my children and grandchildren safe. That's what parents do.

I firmly believe we need a change in our 8th Congression-al District and Jason needs to find another line of work. I do not believe his values represent the values of the good people in our district.

Rhonda Hunt

Eminence, MO

Eminence Area Senior Citizens News

EHS Alumni News

by: Pearl Bunch Edgar

Birch Tree

WHS Alumni News


Lake Taneycomo Fishing Guide Knows Trout

Being in Branson, Lake Taneycomo receives a lot of interest from tourists. People travel to the Ozarks in search of entertainment while also looking to soak up much of the surrounding natural splendor. A guided fishing trip on Lake Taneycomo allows visitors to achieve both at once, and no one is more equipped to show you a great time while putting a limit of trout in the boat than Duane Doty.

Doty guides out of Lilleys' Landing Resort and Marina, which is Missouri's premier trout fishing resort. He keeps his finger on the pulse of Taneycomo by monitoring the anglers and guides who fish out of the trout dock. He knows what the fish are biting on and where you need to go to catch them.

"I know the most productive areas to fish. We usually don't have to go far before wetting the lines. I talk to my guests about what has been the best way to present the lure we will be fishing, how to retrieve the lure and what to expect as far as the bite. As the guests are fishing, I watch their lines, indicators and rods letting them know when they are getting bites that they may not be detecting. It usually does not take long before they catch on and start catching fish," Doty said.

The Missouri Department of Conservation stocks approximately 750,000 trout in Taneycomo each year. These stocked fish allow for a Taneycomo to actively serve trout anglers who want to keep their fish for eating. A lot of wild trout fishing is heavily catch and release, but because of the aggressive stocking program, anglers regularly keep fish, but not all of them are caught and kept early on. Some Taneycomo trout grow to impressive size. In fact, the state record brown trout, weighing 27 pounds, 10 ounces, came out of Taneycomo on in 2005.

There are both brown trout and rainbow trout in Taneycomo. The daily limit per angler is four trout. Of your four, only one may be a brown and it must have a minimum length of 20 inches. In the "trophy zone," which runs from below Table Rock Dam to the mouth of Fall Creek, there is a slot limit on rainbows. You must release any fish between 12 and 20 inches. Also in the trophy zone, you can only use and artificial lures. To fish anywhere between Table Rock Dam and the Highway 65 bridge, you must have trout permit, as well as a fishing license. Regulations like these can be tricky to newcomers. A guide will keep you straight on the rules.

"I provide all the equipment necessary and all levels of instruction.I have taken 3-year-olds out to catch their first fish, taught seasoned spin fishers new techniques, introduced the world of fly fishing to people by teaching them to cast a fly rod, and taken the most advanced fly fishers to the next level by teaching them about streamer fishing at night for big trout," Doty said.

If you're traveling to Branson and want to give trout fishing on Lake Taneycomo a try, Duane Doty will do his best to ensure you have a fun and successful fishing trip that fits your schedule.

"I can take most of the learning curve out of trout fishing. I spend almost everyday fishing and talking to others about fishing Lake Taneycomo. I want my guests to catch as many fish of the best quality possible while fishing with me and to teach them the proper skills so they're successful the next time they are out on their own," Doty said.

To book a trip with Duane Doty, contact him through his website, www.ozarktroutrunners.com, or give him a call at (417) 294-8672.

See you down the trail

Pic: Duane Doty guides for trout on Lake Taneycomo in Branson.

MEMBERS: Carl Younger, President

Jim Keeling, Vice President

Carolyn Dyer, Secretary/Treasurer (6:05p.m.)

Ryan Liggett (6:38p.m.)

JR Stephens

Charles Reese

Brian Wallace

PRINCIPALS: Steve Voyles – Elementary, Pete McBride - High School (absent)


The Eminence R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the conference room with five members present


Minutes recorded by Amy Rolen


AGENDA: Motion by Brian to approve agenda, seconded by JR. Passed 5-0

CONSENT AGENDA: Motion by Jim to approve consent agenda; seconded by JR. Passed 5-0


a. MSBA Board Policy

b. FEMA Building

c. Timber Time


a. Approve Policy Changes: Jim made a motion to Approve Policy Changes, Carolyn seconded.

Passed 6/0

b. Approve Conflict of Interest Ordinance: Carolyn made a motion to Approve the Conflict of Ordinance, JR seconded. Passed 6/0

c. Accept Propane Bid: Carolyn made a motion to accept the Propane Bid from Ferrellgas, Charles seconded. Passed 7/0

d. Approve Budget Amendments: Brian made a motion to Approve the Budget Amendments as presented, Carolyn seconded. Passed 7/0

e. Approve Transfers from Fund 1 to Fund 2: Jim made a motion to Approve the Transfers from Fund 1 to Fund 2, Carolyn seconded. Passed 7/0

f. Approve 2018/2019 Budget: Jim made a motion to Approve the 2018/2019 Budget, Carolyn seconded. Passed 7/0

g. Approve Sports Season Pass: Jim made a motion for Steve to move forward with establishing the cost of the Sports Season Pass, JR seconded. Passed 7/0

BUILDING REPORTS: Elementary: Update provided by Steve Voyles. High School: Update provided by Steve Voyles. Central Office: Update provided by Charles James

CLOSED SESSION: Motion by Charles to go into closed session for the purpose of discussing personnel and students; seconded by Carolyn. Passed 7-0.

(Carl-yes, Brian–yes, Jim-yes, JR-yes, Carolyn-yes, Charles-yes, Ryan-yes) (7:24 p.m.)

OPEN SESSION: Motion by Brian to resume through regular board action; second by Carolyn, Passed 7-0.

(Carl-yes, Brian-yes, Jim-yes, JR-yes, Carolyn-yes, Charles-yes, Ryan-yes) (7:47 p.m.)


a. Brian made a motion to hire Denise Stephens as a Substitute Teacher for the 2018/2019 schoolyear, seconded by Carolyn. Passed 7/0

b. Jim made a motion to accept the letter of resignation of JC Hoagland, JR seconded. Passed 7/0

c. Carolyn made a motion to hire Casey Voyles as a Certified Teacher for the 2018/2019 schoolyear, Ryan seconded.

Passed 7/0

d. Carolyn made a motion to hire Casey Voyles as a Bus Driver for the 2018/2019 schoolyear, Brian seconded.

Passed 7/0

e. Carolyn made a motion to hire Derek Brewer as the Athletic Director for the 2018/2019 schoolyear, JR

seconded. Passed 7/0

f. Carolyn made a motion to hire Sandra Bay and Irma Dobey as Custodians, Ryan seconded. Passed 7/0

ADJOURN: Motion by Jim to adjourn; seconded by Carolyn. Passed 7-0 (7:53 p.m.)



Winona City News


MSHP Troop G Arrest Reports



Area Church News


Jack's Fork Country Church

Dave welcomed everyone. Promise: John 6:35 and scripture: 2 Timothy 2:10-13. We sang Happy Birthday to Luke Wallace and Happy Anniversary to J.C. and Nancy Ray and Bill and Terry Fullerton. Prayer List: Mary Lou-treatment working but additional concerns, Judy Wenzel, Bert Goode, Jeff Dixon, Sharon Newman, and Julie Duncan. Communion: Allen Akers from John 3:5-7, Ephesians 4:22,24, and 1 Corinthians 11:23-26. Prayer by Mike Svaleson. Special music by Kate Staples: God Bless America! Songs: I am Lord, Wonderful Words of Life, Give Thanks, Since Jesus Came into my Heart, and The Old Country Church. Closing prayer by Connie Svaleson. Thought for the day: Be ye fishers of men, ye catch them, he will clean them.

Message: Tommy Boyd.

Luke 15:11, 20 The Parable of the Prodigal Son

We look around and see greener pastures, but we are better off if we wait for God to move us. God's will is always best for us. Obeying God is the only way to joy and contentment. Rebelling against God always ends in disappointment. Whatever you pursue or gain outside of the will of God turns into ashes. God allows us to acquire things outside his will and gives us freedom to choose disobedience. Even Adam and Eve had that choice. When we obey, we love God. His word tells us, if you love me keep my commandments. We don't do this because anyone says to, but because we love God. What we receive from disobedience/sin is passing pleasures. Why do we follow such paths? Satan offers a better lifestyle with thoughts in our mind. We forget our blessings we already have. God warns us that sin leads to ashes. You reap what you sow. There's always consequences to sin. No one gets away with sin. You may be able to cover up the external consequences of sin, but you can't cover what's inside. The heavenly Father will always welcome us back. When you give your life to Jesus you're a member of the family. He may chastise you, but the spirit of God will always follow you. Be cautious, not everyone who calls on God is saved. But if you trust in God his spirit always follows you. You must submit to God's will on a daily basis. Accept his forgiveness. If there's no discipline from God in your life it's a sign you're not saved. He is so good to the members of his family. The father can bring restoration and healing. If there's sin in your life, surrender, repent and live with him. Your rejoicing awaits. In Heaven, the father will greet you, "Welcome home my child". Your rewards are waiting there. How great will your rewards be?

Black Pond

Birch Tree Assembly of God

Church Faith Tabernacle

Moment In The Word

Moment In The Word

Edwin Woolsey

Luke 16:13-14 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 14And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.

Regardless of truth, when people are told what they do not want to hear, they instantly reject both the message and the messenger.

After delivering the parable about the dishonest steward who was actually praised by the Master for doing one thing right, Jesus addressed the conflict of trying to serve both God and the world. Since the Pharisees were a greedy covetous lot, they instantly began attacking Christ for his statement, even though His comment was correct.

In response, Jesus answered, "Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God." Luke 16:15

Similarly, there is a disconnect today between what men approve and what God approves. God's supreme will counts for little in this present age. More important to secular society is what is approved by mankind. The absolute authority of God's word goes begging in deference to the soft, tender feelings of the rebel masses. Much like ancient Israel, we defiantly taunt God, "We are lords; we will come no more unto thee!" Jeremiah 2:31

Well, so be it! St. Paul said this day would come, "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."

Please understand, the teachers the apostle mentioned were not the ones with itching ears. Instead, it was the people who searched for someone to tell them exactly what they wanted to hear in order to have a chronic malady glossed over by scratching rather than being genuinely healed.

And to these ineffective stewards who scratch rather than cure, God warned, "Only marginally have you ministered to the needs of my people by promising, 'Peace, peace, when there is no peace!'" Jeremiah 6:14

Conversely, Paul told Timothy to never take a convenient shortcut in approaching true ministry, "But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. " 2 Timothy 4:5

Area Church News

Eminence First Baptist Church
Website: www.fbceminence.org

Our scripture memory verse this month is 2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by His own glory and goodness

I have had in church for several weeks now the distinct pleasure to sit in front of Mrs. Patty ( Bressler) Huffman. She has the most beautiful voice when singing hymns it delights me every Sunday. I stop singing and just listen to her. A Voice like an Angel!!!!! Our Sunday school lesson was on kindness this morning and how we show kindness to others. You never know when an act or word of kindness may make someone's day. The impact our words and actions have on others is remarkable. We may not even realize the significance those words or actions have on others. More and more I keep running that statement through my head "BE KIND, SPEAK GENTLY, and SMILE OFTEN. I think that is a wonderful statement to repeat every morning during your devotional time.

Today's breakfast was furnished by Kelly Titus and in the nursery we had Donna and Armand Spurgin. Next Sunday it is Kaye Akers turn for breakfast and Linda Mahan and Renee Rowden will be our nursery workers.

We need nursery workers. We now have 5 people in the rotation and we need 3 or 4 more.

Remember VBS is right around the corner. July 15th there will be a Grand Slam Sundae that evening from 6-7 pm outside under the pavilion. VBS begins on Monday July 16th and runs through to the 19th from 6-9 pm. On the 20th there will be a Grand Slam World Series Family Carnival at the new ballpark. There will be a water slide, barrel rides and games from 6-8. Please join us for a wonderful busy week of VBS.

Prayer list this week is rather lengthy so I will begin. Jonabeth Crider, Kaye Spurgin, Dick and Charlotte Kay, Wesley Gooding, Rueben Sanders, Sam Rayfield, Joe Moore, Jim and Diane Larson, Andrew and Tammy McCoy, Summer Food Program. Doug Denning, Church Camp, VBS, Alan Stringer, Tommy Roberts, Doc and Janelle Nappier, Eddie and Jimmie Huffman, Charlie Blake, Alan Akers, Sharon Newman, Angie Bolin, Koda McCall, Jacob Fogelsong, Vinnie and Lisa Fasso, our Country, our community, and our children.

Activities ahead of us are No service on July 4th, July 9-13th Children's Camp, July 21st Back to School Fair at the new gym 9 am thru noon, July 29th the fifth Sunday sing at Jacks Fork Church at 6pm.

Billy Graham once said that "The secret strength of a nation is found in the faith that abides in the hearts and homes of the country." With the celebration of the Fourth of July in mind, Americans will look back with gratitude at the sacrifices and advancements that have made this country exceptional. In addition to reflecting on the past, it is important to look forward and determine how we can positively influence this nation. As Christians, we ought to believe in the power of prayer and acknowledge that our country is in desperate need of a revival.

Join us for worship service next Sunday morning at 9:45 for Sunday School and 10:45 for worship service.

Eminence  Methodist 

We extend a welcome to join us Sunday mornings at 11. We are located one block west of the 106/19 junction.

Communion Sunday opened with prayer and Happy Sunday!

Hymns this week were from our Cokesbury Hymnal: Sweet Hour of Prayer, Wonderful Words of Life, and Open My Eyes That I May See. Scripture Readings were from 1 Chronicles 17:7-15, 16-17 and 20-26.

The United Methodist Church has churches and Missionaries all over the world. We are asking for prayer for 3 of our missionaries in the Philippines. One is in jail because his visa expired. Two want to leave and the government there will not allow them to. We know their faith is strong and that God is with them. Also, Pastor David grew up in Annapolis, Maryland and had a church there. Please keep that community in prayer as they too heal from another senseless mass shooting.

Please keep Sharon Newman, Linda Cox, Selma Hamer, and Paula Wentz's mother in prayer this week.

Pastor David's Sermon: "Faith - Listen to God," which is the 5th Sunday of our series on faith. The Key Verse: Romans 10:17 "Faith comes from hearing, and hearing comes by the word of Christ."

Pastor David shared two of his own experiences with God speaking to him. One was his call to the ministry in the United Methodist Church and God leading him at the right time. The other was God talking to him through nature to help him clear his mind of distractions and focus on what God wanted from him.

There are many ways we can hear from God. The Bible has the written words of Christ and the answers to our prayers are there. We can also learn about faith by hearing others' testimonies, the "supernatural" through prophets and dreams and from nature. From Jesus' Sermon on the Mount he spoke of the birds that have all of their needs provided for them, and that God provides for us too. Our everyday activities can give us faith as in Jeremiah 18 when God commanded Jeremiah to go to the potter's house to receive His message. Jeremiah observed the potter work the clay and if the vase was marred, the potter reworked it. God said that he will rework Israel just as the potter reworked the clay. We too can start over and be reworked.

Faith can come through advice from others, testimonies, sermons, and through small still voices and in moments of silence. Silence gives us a chance to tune out everything around us and listen for God to speak.

God reinforces speaking to us through the Bible, its truth, correction, right over wrong and to always do good. Learn to listen to God's voice as in Habakkuk 2, when Habakkuk climbed his watchtower and waited for the Lord's answer.

Keep praying until you receive an answer. God wants us to persevere. Listen, watch, wait and when you receive His answer write it down. Learn to hear God's answer and your faith will grow. Be still. Notice what comes into your mind, and listen. God will talk to you.

Eminence Assembly of God


Mt. View Baptist


Faith Tabernacle Bibleway Assembly

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West Eminence Christian Church

The Fellowship was a great blessing as we gathered at WECC. We rejoiced in a blessed VBS this past week. We rejoiced that we had several attend Rock Garden Camp and Allie Martin was the girl honor camper. Gary Colvin and Worship Team led us today as we celebrated the faithfulness and love of the Lord with songs like "Forever God is Faithful, He is Good, The Stedfast Love, and Be the Center. Gary led us in communion devotion -- Jesus' death changes everything. No matter what we face we are more than conquerers through Him who loved us.

Prayer needs include Helen Metcalf family, DM Challenge trip, Maxine Fry, Family of Jim Walsh, Bertha Goode, Gwen Counts, Mary Ann Kalamaris' mother, Fanny Kaveny and her mother. Shirley Powell and Shirley Conner are doing well. Ronnie Baker is improved.

\Bro Allen's message was "The Good Struggle". Life is a struggle and we must know that the challenges of life aren't always because God is punishing us. Sometimes we are being strengthened for the life that is ahead. We may struggle with sin and temptation but we can be forgiven and find strenght to overcome. We may struggle with submitting our lives to Christ, but when we do we will find the Lord blesses. We may struggle to sacrifice the good things of this world with even better things that the Lord has made possible for us thru the death and resurrection of His son.

\The 3-4th grade camp and First Chance Camp at Rock Garden are next week.

Fellowship Tabernacle, West Eminence

Women of Faith

Winona Assembly of God

Winona Baptist 

June 24, 2018

What a blessing it is to be in the house of the Lord. The Lord gave me a thought for the day. It's OK to show tough love, but sometimes you need to step back and show tender love also. This goes for children who play sports as well. So coaches, you need to think about this. Parents, even if your child doesn't play sports, you need to think about this, tough love and tender love.

Please keep Nick and Gail in prayer and pray for their granddaughter, Korey. She's in the hospital. And pray for one another. I want to be so ful of Christ, that if a mosquito bites me it will fly away singing "there is power in the blood".

My message today was on life and friends. James 4:14. For what is your life? It is ever a vapor, that appeareth for a little time and then vanisheth away. Don't ever take life for granted. We don't have a promise of tomorrow, but we do have a promise of eternal life.

Christians are like flowers. Isaiah 40: 7-8. The word of God is the water that sustains the flower of spiritual life. There are no exceptions to the rule for christians; if we are not growing or dying, we must be fake. if you find that your relationship is only an artificial exhibit, take the time to drink from the water of God's word, and blossom into the beautiful creation that God intended for you to be. Prov. 18: 24; A man that hath friends must show himself friendly; and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. It's far better to have a genuine friend who becomes like family and whom you love at all times. Prov. 27: 17; Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. I thank God for all my friends. They did stick by me, more so than my family did. maybe that's why God gave me this message to let my friends know I care.

Have a blessed week, God bless. Sunday school 10 a.m. Worship service 11 a.m. Everyone welcome.

Ladies Fill My Cup Fellowship

Winona Christian Church



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