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Amanda's Column

An Evening Venture

You just never know when a little escapade will strike. Morning, noon or night, one must always be ready. This one arrived just as we were settling down for our evening meal. The dogs were persistently barking at something down at the creek and weren't letting up after several minutes. I figured they'd cornered something or had stumbled upon a box turtle and didn't quite know what to do about it. And after a good five or ten minutes of the ruckus not letting up, my curiosity got the better of me. I handed little Eli over to Doug and told him I wanted to investigate. Gosh! What if they had a baby skunk and were tormenting it!?!? The poor little dear might need saving, and having a pet skunk is always in my hopes for the future.

So off I trotted down to the creek, well armed with my Ruger .380 "Backoffia", my knives, camera (which I always carry on me), tiny back-up flashlight that hooks on my belt-loop, a favored rock in my pocket (in case the wind picks up), lighter and essential lavender oil…in case of enraged wasp stings or possible burns inflicted by a startled dragon. You never know.

I made it down to the creek only to realize I wasn't as prepared as I had thought. The commotion was coming from across the creek and I wasn't wearing my sandals. Well, that didn't stop me any longer than slipping out of my shoes and socks, then I waded into the cool water. Once across, I found that I also had to cross through the run-off from our spring. That water was a might colder and a bit deeper so I really had to hoist up my pant legs. I sank pretty good into the soft, thick mud, but managed to make the ford without incident.

By now I was in a dim, cool stretch of woods with little to no underbrush. My bare feet relished the damp, chilly dirt, and the smell of the woods was rich to my nostrils. It was quite inviting and I was bugged by the knowledge that I'd never been here before regardless the fact that we'd owned the property over five years.

The dogs were still at it and by now I was hearing them from high above me. There was a minor bluff directly ahead of me and I was sure they were at the top of it. When I got to the base I saw it would be an easy climb, so up I went. However, all the while my common sense was telling me I needed to go around and come up from behind the dogs. Most likely I was coming up in front of them which was putting whatever critter they'd trapped between me and them. But like so many others before me, we don't always feel like listening to our better judgment.

I ascended over the top of the bluff with ease and started up a slope heading for the upset yapping. Just as I came about four yards from the scene I spied one of the dogs on a rocky outcrop. At the same moment the dog turned its attention to me and I suddenly realized what the whole ordeal was about. I was looking at a scrawny coyote and I was close enough to read its thoughts. He had to make an instant choice in order to get away. Charge me…or charge the pack of dogs. I had a drop-off close behind me, and jagged boulders, brush and trees to prevent a hasty plunge forward towards my left. I braced myself for an attack and reached for my gun. Unfortunately, giving this story a rather dull ending, the coyote figured the dogs were less of a threat to him than I and he plunged right into the whole mess of them. There was plenty of excited snarling and a decent yelp here and there before the critter broke free.

And that was that. No monstrous black bear, furious cougar, or killer box turtle. Just a measly, little ol' coyote. And no helpless baby critter in need of rescuing either. But the adventure of it was still enjoyable.

I was back at the cabin by the time everyone was done eating and our evening ended in its usual mundane manner. I'll admit though, the situation could have been a dangerous one, so I'll certainly make an effort to listen to that pesky common sense thing next time. If that dog had been bad sick or had even been rabid, the thing could, and most likely would have charged me, and the ending of that day probably wouldn't have been a good one.

Shannon County Minutes


Buy native trees and shrubs from MDC State Forest Nursery

News from the region: Statewide

Joe Jerek

Aug 29, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Native trees and shrubs can help improve wildlife habitat and soil and water conservation while also improving the appearance and value of private property. The Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) George O. White State Forest Nursery offers a variety of low-cost native tree and shrub seedlings for reforestation, windbreaks, erosion control, wildlife food and cover, and other purposes.

This year, the State Forest Nursery is taking orders starting a couple months early, beginning on Sept. 1 instead of in November. Orders are being accepted through April 15, 2018. Supplies are limited so order early. Orders will be shipped or can be picked up at the nursery near Licking from February through May.

The nursery provides mainly one-year-old bare-root seedlings with sizes varying by species. Seedlings varieties include: pine, bald cypress, cottonwood, black walnut, hickory, oak, persimmon, birch, maple, willow, sycamore, blackberry, buttonbush, holly, dogwood, hazelnut, redbud, spicebush, sumac, wild plum, and others.

Seedlings are available in bundles of 10 or increments of 25 per species. Prices range from 16 – 80 cents per seedling. Sales tax of 6.1 percent will be added to orders unless tax exempt. There is an $8 handling charge for each order. Receive a 15 percent discount up to $20 off seedling orders with a Heritage Card, Permit Card, or Conservation ID Number.

Find images and information on available items, along with ordering information, in MDC's 2017-2018 Seedling Order Form. It is available in the September issue of the Missouri Conservationist, at MDC regional offices and nature centers, online at mdc.mo.gov/seedlings, or by contacting the State Forest Nursery at 573-674-3229 or StateForestNursery@mdc.mo.gov (link sends e-mail).


A homerun for SDC's Deathtrap

The Star Dramatic Company has once again hit it out of the park with their newest offering, Deathtrap written by Ira Levin. The comedy thriller has at least as many twists as can be counted on one hand and even more jaunty one-liners to keep the audience both guessing and laughing at the same time. The set is more than impressive for the size of the Star stage and seems to be the gift that keeps giving as there always seems to be something new to notice. Everything about the production speaks of the high quality that has come to be associated with an SDC production.

Craig Fowler and Wendy Parker as the successful playwright Sidney Bruhl and his wife Myra, shine with their portrayals. One might forget the dialogue so adept are they with the facial expressions and mannerisms, yet these nuances are only heightened by their ability to really deliver on said dialogue in a most entertaining way. Andrew Skinner as the young, up and coming playwright, is a treasure. He so embodies the innocent and exuberant chap embarking on a new and exciting adventure that from the moment he steps onto the stage, one finds oneself smiling. Rounding out the cast are first-time actress Darla Welton who turns in a delightfully comedic performance as local psychic, Helga ten Dorp and director, Avery Parker whose presence on stage never fails to impress. Parker has indeed assembled an able and talented cast for this production.

There are only two performances left for this must-see show at the Star Theater in Willow Springs. Only two, so whatever you must cancel or rearrange to do so, make it happen. It is well worth seeing and after this coming weekend, it will be gone forever. One performance each for Friday and Saturday night at 7pm. All seats are $8.00 at the door. ($1.00 off each ticket price with a receipt from Pizza Americana.) Grab your friends, your neighbors, or even a stranger on the street and get to the Star Theater this weekend for the final performances of Ira Levin's Deathtrap. It will be time and money well spent.


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Summersville Bookends

It's not that often a movie is as good as the book, but The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is an exception. I read the autobiography from our library before seeing the movie at the theater, so I knew what to expect.

It's a true story about a dysfunctional family of non-conformist nomads - much like some we may know, unfortunately. The mother is an eccentric artist, and the father is an alcoholic who would stir his children's imagination with hope of building a glass castle as a distraction from the impoverished life they endured.

The book is a great read, and the movie will be in the library before we know it. The Glass Castle – ask a librarian to have your name placed on the holds list, or place it yourself from our website.

Summersville Branch Library will host a visit with two representatives from the Missouri Veterans' Commission on Tuesday, October 17th, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The public is invited to join us and bring any questions or concerns that day.

Compliments of Summersville Friends of the Library, Summersville Branch Library is celebrating Library Card Sign-up Month during September by entering all new library card recipients into a drawing for a book bag of surprises to be drawn on September 30th.

We'll need a photo I.D. and a 2nd proof of address to make a FREE library card for anyone in the Texas County area.

See you @ the library!

The Summersville Friends of the Library group meets at the library on the 2nd Monday of each month @ 5:00 p.m., and the next scheduled meeting will be October 9th. New members are invited to join this active group in supporting and participating in the continuing growth of the Summersville Branch Library.

Texas County Library now has e-Books and audio books available to download for Texas County Library patrons! To view the catalog and download, go to our website: texascountylibrary.lib.mo.us, click on "e-books", or come by the library for assistance. Texas County Library cards are required.

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 toll-free 888-609-4491, or e-mail us: svlib@texascountylibrary.lib.mo.us, or fax: 417-932-5262.

Summersville Senior Center

Shannon County Health Department Calendar


Sept. 13: WIC (cert/recert, check pick-up, appt. only) at Birch Tree Pioneer Baptist Church

Sept. 18: Blood draws, immunizations, blood pressures, blood sugar screenings; Health Department downstairs

Sept. 19: WIC (cert/recert, check pick-up, appt. only); immunizations; Health Department downstairs

Sept. 20: WIC (cert/recert, check pick-up, appt. only) at Birch Tree Pioneer Baptist Church

Sept. 25: 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; Monthly Board of Trustees meeting at 4 pm, Health Department upstairsSept. 26: WIC (cert/recert, check pick-up, appt. only); immunizations; Health Department downstairs; blood pressures at Winona Senior Center

Sept. 27: WIC (cert/recert, check pick-up, appt. only); immunizations; Health Department downstairs


Billy and Heather Pulliam of Birch Tree are the parents of a baby girl, Josi Dawn, born on August 15th at 10:30 p.m. at Ozarks Medical Center (OMC). She weighed 5 pounds, 5 1/2 ounces, and was 17 3/4 inches long.

Dawson Chilton and Lynnsey Atchison of Eminence are the parents of a baby girl, Adalyn Barbara Chilton, born on August 16th at 6:24 p.m. at OMC. She weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 21 inches long. Her grandparents are Carl and DeAnna Atchison, Eminence; Michael Chilton, Eminence; and Alicia Unger, St. Louis.

Kamen and Kassidi Smith of Summersville are the parents of a baby girl, Kora Jayne Pearl, born on August 29th at 9:15 a.m. at OMC. She weighed 8 pounds and was 20 1/2 inches long. Her grandparents are Robbie and Misti Pace, Summersville; Ken Smith, Monahans, Texas; and Kayla Ipock, Eminence.

Shaakir Steward and Santa Fe Borgman of Mountain View are the parents of a baby girl, Abrianna Elizabeth Steward, born on August 30th at 10:46 a.m. at OMC. She weighed 5 pounds, 13 1/2 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Her siblings are Jeremiah, 6; Issac, 5; and Noah, 1.



Ozark National Scenic Riverways is hosting a free lye soap making workshop at Big Spring on Sunday, Sept. 17, from 2-5 PM. Space is limited, so reservations are required. Contact Park Ranger Cathy Runge at 573-323-4806 or cathy_runge@nps.gov to join the fun.



Comedic mentalist Sean Bott will entertain area residents Sept. 21

Area residents will be asking "how did he do that" after comedic mentalist Sean Bott performs Sept. 21 at the West Plains Civic Center theater.

Tickets for the 7 p.m. event, sponsored by Missouri State University-West Plains' University/Community Programs (U/CP) Department, are $10 each and available through the West Plains Civic Center box office, 110 St. Louis St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, or by phone at 417-256-8087. Missouri State-West Plains students with a BearPass ID will be admitted free.

Bott developed his love for entertaining crowds while growing up on an army base in Saudi Arabia, according to his official biography. Since then, his innovative and distinct brand of comedy mentalism has enthralled audiences worldwide.

During his show, handfuls of pocket change will melt, time will travel on watches and smart phones, minds will be read, objects will move with no physical contact, and participants will feel themselves pushed even though Bott is standing clear across the stage, organizers said. Although these mental feats are astounding, Bott's comedic timing, improvisational skill and his hilarious character voices are what wins audiences over, they added.

In addition to his stage show, Bott has appeared on the Sci-Fi Channel, the WB and on-air with Radio Disney performing his unique blend of hilarious characters and psychic entertainment. His film credits include 127 Hours with James Franco, Alien Express with Lou Diamond Phillips and Dark Angels with Jonathan Tyler.

"We are looking forward to bringing another outstanding entertainer to West Plains," said U/CP Director Brenda Polyard. "This will be a unique experience as Sean blends his hilarious character and physical entertainment. Sean Bott will definitely leave you wondering how he comes up with these things."

For more information about Bott, visit http://bass-schuler.com/sean-bott/#. For more information about the Sept. 21 performance in West Plains, call 417-255-7966. Additional information about other upcoming U/CP events can be found at www.wp.missouristate.edu/ucp.




Separate fact from fiction with MDC Wild Webcast on mountain lions in Missouri

News from the region: Statewide

Joe Jerek

Aug 23, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Black panthers in Missouri? Female cougars with cubs? Stocking mountain lions to eat feral hogs? Young male mountain lions passing through? Separate fact from fiction with the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) upcoming "Wild Webcast: Mountain Lions in Missouri" Wednesday, Sept. 20, from noon to 1 p.m.

MDC Furbearer Biologist Laura Conlee and Alan Leary of MDC's Mountain Lion Response Team will provide a brief presentation on these big cats in the Show-Me State and then answer questions from webcast participants to help separate fact from fiction on mountain lions in Missouri.

REGISTER NOW at bit.ly/2h9pcpG for the MDC Wild Webcast: Mountain Lions in Missouri.

Watch previous MDC Wild Webcasts on Birds and Birding, Talking Hogs, The Buzz about Pollinators, Be Bear Aware, The Fight Against Chronic Wasting Disease, and Discover Nature – Fishing at mdc.mo.gov/contact-engage/mdc-wild-webcasts.

Cutline: Separate fact from fiction with the Missouri Department of Conservation's upcoming "Wild Webcast: Mountain Lions in Missouri" Sept. 20 from noon to 1 p.m. Register at http://bit.ly/2h9pcpG

New measures in fight against opioid crisis take effect today


This past July, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signed into law new opioids legislation that went into effect on Aug. 28, giving Missourians three new tools in the fight against this epidemic.

Two of these measures are aimed at saving lives in the event of an overdose. The first provision authorizes Department of Health and Senior Services director Dr. Randall Williams to sign a standing order for naloxone prescriptions throughout the state. Under this order, anyone can receive naloxone from a pharmacist without having to first get a prescription from another physician.

"Naloxone is a safe and effective drug that has saved countless lives," said Dr. Williams. "With this order, we are empowering the people of Missouri to intervene on behalf of family and friends in the event of an opioid overdose. I urge anyone who is at an increased risk for overdose to keep naloxone on hand in case of emergency. The same goes for any family member, friend, neighbor or acquaintance of someone suffering from opioid addiction-naloxone saves lives."

The second measure is an expansion of Missouri's "Good Samaritan" law. Under the new legislation, anyone who acts in good faith to assist in a drug or alcohol overdose can call for emergency assistance without fear of arrest or other penalties as a result of seeking or obtaining medical assistance. In the event of an overdose, this policy protects the victim and the person seeking medical help for the victim from possession charges.

"I want every Missourian to take this to heart: call 911 in the case of an overdose," said Dr. Williams. "Our first responders are ready and able to respond but time has to be on their side if they're going to be effective. Make the call and rest assured that our priority is to save lives, not pursue criminal charges. We think this is especially important for young people to remember.

"These two measures combined give us the greatest chance of reversing overdoses in our state. If we are all prepared to administer naloxone and immediately call for aid in the event of an emergency, we can make tremendous strides in reversing the trend of fatal overdoses in Missouri."

The third change that went into effect on Aug. 28 allows people who have opioid addictions and are being treated with medication assisted therapy (MAT) to access Missouri's drug courts. Previously, MAT patients were considered to still be "drug users" and therefore could be ruled ineligible for the rehabilitation-focused courts. The new measure recognizes MAT as a proven method of addiction treatment.

For more information on naloxone and other opioid crisis information, please visit mohopeproject.org.



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Reflections from the Road

By Rick Mansfield

Letters to the Editor!

"Scoutfest"- A Taste of Scouting

A FREE event.

Join us for a Taste of Scouting! Hosted by the Girl Scouts of Mountain View-Jacks Fork Area and the Boy Scouts Troop 43 from Summersville! Explore your local Boy Scout and Girl Scout Opportunities.

Girl Scouts - Kindergarten to 12th Grade and Boy Scouts - 1st grade to 12th grade.

It will be held Saturday, September 16, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park in Mountain View. There will be games, knot tying, tug of war, football throw challenge, water rockets, lashing, fire starting, crafts, box oven, camping, rock painting, STEM, and more!

There will be free Hot Dogs and S'mores.

This covers Mtn.View, Birch Tree, Winona, Eminence and Summersville area.

For more information, call the Girl Scouts of Mountain View-Jacks Fork Area; Joyce Dixon at 417-934-2394, Tina Plank 417-252-9010 or the Boy Scouts of Summersville; Shiela Racicot at 417-247-2647 or Kent Breese at 636-345-0673.

Don't miss this fun event!

Thank you!

Joyce Dixon



Order Seedlings

The George O. White State Forest Nursery near Licking offers Missouri residents a variety of tree and shrub seedlings for reforestation, windbreaks, and erosion control, as well as for wildlife food and cover.

How to Order

There are two ways to order, from September 1 through April 15:

Use the online seedling order form (available September 1).

Download the Seedling Catalog order form, and send it by regular mail or fax. (available Sept 1)

Printed Catalogs Available

Don't have a catalog? Pick up one up from your local MDC office, or call the nursery (573-674-3229) and ask them to send you one.

Order Early

To get the plants you want, please order as soon as possible. Species sell out quickly.

For a recorded message concerning possible shipping delays and the kinds of trees still available, call 1-800-392-3111 after Dec. 1.


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Lye Soap Making Workshop at Big Spring

Have you ever wanted to make soap the way your great-grandma did? Ozark National Scenic Riverways is hosting a lye soap making workshop at Big Spring on Sunday, September 17 from 2 to 5 p.m. Join local craftsperson Cathy Wyatt to explore the process of lye soap making. The workshop is free, but space is limited, so reservations are required. Registered participants will be provided with materials to make and take home their own handmade soap. Everyone is welcome to drop by and observe the lye soap workshop in progress. Contact Park Ranger Cathy Runge at 573-323-4806 or cathy_runge@nps.gov to join the fun.

Long ago, soap making was a necessity rather than an art. Lye soap was used for bathing, cleaning and laundering. Homemade lye soap is an Ozark tradition and was generally made once a year, coinciding with the autumn harvest and butchering. Settlers combined spring water, lye from the ash hopper, and lard rendered from butchered livestock. Join us at Big Spring to learn about this useful skill from the past!

Big Spring is located on State Highway 103, four miles south of Van Buren, Missouri.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways preserves the free-flowing Current and Jacks Fork Rivers, the surrounding natural resources, and the unique cultural heritage of the Ozark people. For more information, visit the park's Facebook page, the park website at www.nps.gov/ozar or phone 573-323-4236.

Comprehensive deer study enters third harvest season

MDC and MU researchers remind hunters not to let a collar affect their decision to harvest a deer collared deer

The number of deer harvested during the archery and firearms hunting seasons are a major component of a five-year study to benefit Missouri's deer herd and hunters. Biologists from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) are using computer and satellite technology to track collared deer in specific northwest Missouri and Ozark counties. Hunters are asked to harvest collared deer if it is an animal they would normally take during the legal hunting seasons.

White-tailed deer wearing GPS collars are giving biologists data on how deer use habitats, their home ranges, movements, and survival rates. Biologists are tracking 108 deer in four northwest Missouri counties dominated by agriculture and 101 deer in four counties in the Ozarks where forest habitat prevails. Hunter harvest and natural mortality are both factors in how the state's deer populations fare in varied habitats. So hunters should not let a collar on a deer influence their decision on whether or not to harvest the animal.

"We want the study's sample group, the deer wearing the GPS collars, to reflect what is going on with the state's entire deer herd," said Kevyn Wiskirchen, MDC deer biologist.

Biologists trap the deer during the winter months, collect data from them such as size, sex and age, place tracking collars on them, and then release them. GPS collars then send regular data about the deer's location and movements to the satellite, which relays that information to computers. The study is nearing almost one million data points on file.

"Over a span of five years, it's setting us up to have a large set of data to answer a lot of questions," Wiskirchen said.

The information will be used in years ahead to help make management decisions about the state's deer herd. For example, regulations may be adjusted according to a region's rise or fall of deer numbers due to disease or harvest pressure.

Deer were trapped and collared last winter in Douglas, Howell, Texas and Wright counties in the Ozarks; and Nodaway, Gentry, Andrew, and DeKalb counties in northwest Missouri. Crews also use technology to track pregnant does, find fawns after they are born, and put tracking collars on fawns. MDC and research partners have long studied deer. But this five-year study is one of the most comprehensive deer research projects ever conducted in the state. The study is funded with assistance from the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Funds.

The GPS collars provide regular updates on deer locations, so it is not necessary for hunters or the general public to report spotting deer with collars. But if anyone should spot a deer with a collar where something seems out of the ordinary with the collar, they are welcome to report the sighting.

MDC will begin trapping deer again in the winters of 2018 and 2019 once hunting seasons are complete. Any landowners interested in hosting deer trapping and tracking are welcome to contact MDC. Private landowners are a key partner in the study, as 93 percent of the state's acreage is privately owned. White-tailed deer are among Missouri's most popular watchable wildlife, and deer hunting provides food, outdoor recreation and a $1 billion boost to the state's economy.

Landowner cooperation has been a positive and important component of the study, said Jon McRoberts, MU research scientist and project coordinator. Biologists have worked with more than 300 landowners in the study areas.

For more information about the deer study, contact Kevyn Wiskirchen at 573-815-7901 ext 2899, or by email at Kevyn.wiskirchen@mdc.mo.gov; or contact Jon McRoberts at McRobertsj@missouri.edu.

For more information about deer hunting in Missouri, visit http://on.mo.gov/2gLxZOR.

Photo: Hunters in specific areas of northwest Missouri and the Ozarks may see deer with GPS collars, a tool used by biologists to study deer movements and populations. MDC urges hunters to not let a collar influence their decision on whether to harvest an animal, as data about hunter harvest is important to the study.

Missouri Department of Conservation photo


Area Church News


Jack's Fork Country Church

We celebrated God's gift of yet another beautiful Ozarks fall day! Dave Anderson welcomed us this morning on Grandparents' Day and led us in prayer.

We stood for the pledge of allegiance, and the Promise was read from John 11:25 by Luke Wallace. Scripture was read from Matthew 25:35-40.

Our song offerings today were "Jesus, Hold My Hand", "This World is Not My Home", and "Give Thanks".

Our young people are collecting money for Christmas for needy people. They have decided to send half of it to hurricane victims, and save half for Christmas! We are all so proud of them! Thanks, Nancy, for all you do!

Prayers were asked for Patsy Coker, Ryan and Randy Liggett, Brooke Fiels, Valerie Akers, Nikki Watson, Jeannie McConnell, Imogene Blake, David Smith, Charlene Williams, Jerry Evans, Baby Uriah, Terri's parents and co-worker, Mike and Connie's parents, Sue Jergenson, Vinnie Fasso, Betty Porter, Dorothy Ennis, Jeremy Fullerton, traveling mercies, hurricane and wildfire victims and volunteers. Our military and families, our country and leaders, our church and the family of Tyler Russell.

Tileta Burkhead sang a very special song today, "Cry No More".

Howell Burkhead gave our message today, reading from Proverbs 30:24-28. He also shared scripture from Proverbs 45 and I Corinthians 14-20, more lessons of how to find Godly wisdom!

To be Wise in the Lord:

1. Engage yourself in making preperation. Even ants prepare and store for the winter! This should be an iron-clad rule in life. Luke 21:14 tells us to get our soul ready to witness when the opportunity arises! He told the story of the monkeys that played all day then moaned when they had to endure the nightly rains without a shelter. They swore that they would start one in the morning! Then, came morning and they forgot and played all day again, and suffered all night! Be an ant, not a monkey!

2. Skin Protection. Always be on the lookout for a safe place to be with God for protection from evil. Vs 26

3. Use Partnership. There is no limit to what we can accomplish when joining our skills with others in the Lord! Vs. 27

4. Exercise Persistence! Never, never give up! Vs. 25. Spiders never give up! You can remove a web and next morning, it reappears! We should all be like this! Wisdom comes from the Lord! Pray and be persistent. Be Wise! Prayer.

We closed with "Gloryland Way" and "Old Country Church".

Black Pond


Birch Tree Assembly of God


Area Church News

Eminence First Baptist Church
Website: www.fbceminence.org

Eminence Assembly of God


Eminence  Methodist 

Come be with us just west of the intersection of 19 and 106 Hwys. in Eminence, the pretty church with the blue cross on top. Worship service is at 11 AM. Open hearts and minds await you.

Pastor David Wentz began his new five-part series "The Greater One" this morning, adding a song we learned in Bible School to implant the message, "Greater is He that is in You, greater is he that is in you, Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world." This is from 1 John 4:4. We are charged to resist evil, injustice and oppression in the world, but, so that we are not outwitted, "Know Your Enemy," the sermon's title today. The Holy Spirit is what makes us stronger than the spiritual forces of wickedness of the unseen world. As theologian C.S. Lewis pointed out, the greatest evil is making people believe evil doesn't exist. This evil, or Satan, can blind the eyes, but we can pray that God opens our eyes to see this and defeat whatever would break our relationship with Him.

First scripture reader was Jay Williams, Daniel 10:1-14 and second scripture reader was Ashley Thompson, Ephesians 6:10-18. Key Verse was Ephesians 6:12.

Lighting the candles was Derek Brewer.

Before the throne of God's grace we bring prayer for our Edibeth Ross, various members' friends and relatives in the path of Hurricane Irma, Jed and Lauren Wentz, and for the grandson of Jayne Rader and Charlie Page, Dayton, 17, who was severely injured in a car wreck in Des Moines, Iowa.

Birthday greetings to the newly 95 mother of Paula Wentz. ‘Delighted to see new faces in our pews.

Pastor David offered a suggestion for help with all the storm and wildfire victims: the United Methodist Church which gives 100% to victims, no overhead costs. A Pastor Parish Relations meeting will be this Wednesday, Sept. 13th, at 4:30 PM.


Mt. View Baptist


Moment In The Word

Edwin Woolsey

Luke 9:51-52 And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, 52And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him.

Life is filled with turning points! Although we might not momentarily realize a decision's significance, yet later we recognize a vital juncture, never to be revisited or changed. In the above text, Jesus turned toward Jerusalem for the last time. The Cross was waiting for Him to climb upon it! However, Christ's turning point also became a moment of decision for others.

Unlike many of His contemporaries, Jesus always visited and helped the shunned Samaritans. His final trip to Jerusalem was no exception. He intended to pass through their region one last time, on the way to His death. But since the Samaritans knew Christ was also going to Jerusalem, they refused to accept Him, due to their prejudice against those who hated them. (Luke 9:53) How sad to think that we squander precious opportunities during the turning points of our lives.

As Jesus continued on his way, He met others who wrestled with their own turning points. One man vowed to become a disciple, but immediately changed his mind after Christ explained there was no earthly benefit, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head." Luke 9:58

Turning to a different individual, Jesus commanded, "Follow me!"

But the man equivocated by saying, "Lord, I will follow you, but first let me go take care of my elderly father until he dies, and then I will come!"

Jesus responded, "No, that's OK. If you're not willing to seek the Kingdom of God first, then you're as dead as he is!" (Luke 9:60)

Another replied, "I will follow, but let me go tell my family what I'm doing." Jesus told him not to bother! The man was not needed if "what was behind him" was more important than "what lay ahead." (Luke 9:62)

As we consider the implication of spiritual turning points, we recognize a time when our earthly attachments undermine our commitment to Christ. Speaking of these Last Days, Jesus warned about the "lovely trap" that would snare us away from God, "And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. 37He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me." Matthew 10:36-38

Oddly, this was the same hard choice that Lot and his wife had to make regarding their family on the eve of Sodom's overthrow. As God's angels held the parents' hands, the command was given, "Escape for your life. Do not look back or stop anywhere along the way!" Genesis 19:17 However, the mother's heart broke for those who refused to follow. In the end, she looked back to see how her loved ones fared... even as the horrific fire began to fall. A victim of her own dear attachments, Lot's wife perished because "what she left behind" was of greater value than "what lay ahead."

Much like the story of Lot's wife, we now witness a frightening trend in our society where senior Christians are being drawn away from their faith due to the wayward lifestyle of their children and grandchildren. Stalwart values that were once universally accepted as moral absolutes are being abandoned by older believers to avoid alienating young relatives who have adopted the abominations of this world. However, Christ never compelled us to receive a marital cross, a parental cross, a congregational cross, a community cross, or a societal cross! Jesus ordered, "Either you pick up YOUR cross... and follow ME, or else you are not fit for My Father's Kingdom!" (Matthew 10:38) Our walk with Christ only involves two individuals... you and Jesus, no one else! As true disciples of Christ, we betray both God and this world if we are unwilling to tell friends and family, "Although I love you, I will NOT abandon my faith to follow you where God forbids me to go!" Only by this unerring attitude will we present a true witness to a dying world!

Area Church News



West Eminence Christian Church

Another beautiful day in the Ozarks as we entered to worship and were greeted by Shirley Powell and Don Parker.

We were led in worship by Gary Colvin and Worship team with Psalm 9 "I will praise you Lord, with all my heart. . ."

"How Great Thou Art" was the theme of our song service.

Our communion meditation reminded us of the greatest thing in our lives and that is the forgiveness and hope that we have in Jesus.

Prayer needs include David Smith, Jesse Rainbolt, Brenda Norris, Johnny Dillard, Tyler Russell family, Maxine Fry, Larry Neal, Avis Rayfield, Clifford Jadwin, hurricane victims, Kenny Bland, Dan Stewart.

We are glad to have Stephanie Varren as one who was recently baptized into Christ, and we praise the Lord that Wilbur and Kristen are expecting.

Bro. Allen's message was "Developing a Biblical Worldview." That includes seeing the evidence of God in creation and recognition of truth in scripture. It means that we acknowledge that we recognize right and wrong that God's Word directs. Do my words and actions indicate a Biblical worldview?

We are thankful for a great Kids Stop last week.

We invite you to join us each Sunday to worship and learn and be encouraged in our Christian walk.


Fellowship Tabernacle, West Eminence

Women of Faith

Winona Assembly of God

Winona Baptist 

Ladies Fill My Cup Fellowship

Winona Christian Church


Moment In The Word

Edwin Woolsey

Job 42:16-17 After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, even four generations. 17So Job died, being old and full of days.

Considering one of God's most faithful servants in the passage above, we read the verse's first words, "After this...."

But after "what" did the context of the verse refer? Familiar with Job's life, we know his earlier circumstance involved great hardship.

Similarly, we read about another steadfast individual in Scripture... Joshua. At the end of his life, the Bible records, "Now after a long time, when the Lord had given Israel rest from wars on every side, Joshua was old and full of years." Joshua 23:1 Much like Job, God had blessed Joshua with a rich, abundant life... even in spite of conflict and war.

With this same theme in mind, we remember one more notable individual. Although not always perfect, yet King David was ultimately loyal to God's interests. At the end of the man's life, Scripture says, "And David died in a good old age, full of days, riches, and honor..." 1 Chronicles 29:28

This week I was privileged to be asked to officiate at the funeral of one of our church's most senior members. This precious little lady was born in 1916 while World War I still raged in Europe. Having passed her 101st birthday only a few days before, our sister was called home. You would simply have to know this most wonderful person to appreciate my statement. This little lady ALWAYS had a huge smile and a genuine loving welcome every time she greeted you! Having the opportunity to visit with her was to be graced with happiness like sunshine on a cloudless day.

Knowing her effervescent personality, one would wonder if she ever experienced an unhappy moment? But her great age alone should answer that question! Born during WWI, she had lived through the ravages of the Spanish Flu in 1918. Barely a teenager, she experienced the entirety of America's Great Depression. She was a young lady when Pearl Harbor was bombed and WWII began. And these events were only national crisis! Akin to every other human being, she also experienced her fair share of personal hardships as well. But through it all, our beloved sister continued to shine like new money... one day at a time! While the lives of other individuals might have faded or dimmed, hers only grew brighter... all the way to the very end. As her sun set here on this dismal shore, she entered our Father's presence as a rising radiant star! But King David said there was a reason for her success and longevity!

According to the Psalmist, God willed to bless her for faithfulness' sake. By changing the pronouns just a little to personalize God's promise for this lovely lady, we read, "Because she hath set her love upon me, therefore will I deliver her: I will set her on high, because she hath known my name. 15 She shall call upon me, and I will answer her: I will be with her in trouble; I will deliver her, and honor her. 16With long life will I satisfy her, and show her my salvation." Psalms 91:14-16

As our lifetime progresses, we are constantly reminded of nature's unending cycles, "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 4A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance." Ecclesiastes 3:1-4

But even in death's face, we remember St. Paul's words, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 37Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:36-39

Truly, Dorothy found God's promise to be so!



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