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Amanda's Column

The Trick to Jerky

I've always thoroughly enjoyed good jerky; homemade and store bought. But who can afford the quality stuff at the store on a regular basis? Back when I was single, once a year I'd buy a big bag of it for our annual family camping trip and I'd struggle to make it last throughout the weekend. I'd savor ever little nibble and wished jerky wasn't so hard to make. The teriyaki was my favored type.

We'd tried to make it as kids with Mom's help several times, but it was a total failure. When Doug and I married, we found a little jerky-making kit at a yard sale which we bought with eager enthusiasm. There was some seasonings, a press to squeeze burger through to make strips and naturally the can't-go-wrong, step-by-step, easy-peasy directions. Turned out to be nothing but the worst, dried out, meatloaf tasting stuff I'd ever had. So my hopes for ever having the talent for making worthwhile jerky was given up.

Several years later, when our great-white-hunter friend, Steve, came into our lives, we were blessed with lots of deer and wild hog meat. One day as I was processing yet another young deer we were so graciously given, I got to thinking about jerky again. How hard could it be? If the Indians could do it readily with nothing but smoke and a dull knife, why couldn't we? That's when it hit me. Possibly we were going about it all wrong. Perhaps we were trying too hard with all the kits and seasonings and detailed directions. The main objective was to cut some meat thin and dry it out.

So I took a hind quarter and with my big knife I sliced it up into thin strips. A few years back I acquired a recipe for making homemade teriyaki sauce from my mother-in-law, so I whipped up a batch and dumped the whole thing into a gallon zip-lock bag and tossed in my meat. I left the stuff to sit in the fridge for a day or so to think about things, then pulled it out and laid the strips over a cooling rack which I placed on top of a cookie sheet to catch the dribbles.

It was fall and the weather was still decently warm, so I just kept the wood cook stove puttering when I slipped my tray of possible tasties into the oven. Our oven temperature gauge has never been particularly accurate, so it's hard to know exactly what the temp was, but I'm guessing it might have been around one hundred to a hundred and fifty in there. I checked it every few hours until the meat became dry but still pliable. I really didn't know how long jerky should dry for, but I sure didn't want any crispy critters like how all the other past attempts had turned out, so I withdrew it from the oven. It was deer meat anyway so I wasn't worried about it still possibly being a bit raw here and there.

I knew I'd done it right when I took the first bite! Wow! It was remarkable! Tender, flavorful and 100% healthier because I didn't use any garbage premade seasonings from the store that's loaded with preservatives, additives, idiotic GMO junk and stuff most likely used for the aid of embalming. The only thing I should have done differently was to cut the meat across the grain instead of with it (much easier to bite off a piece).

Needless to say, me, Doug and the kids cleaned up that first batch pretty darn quick. And all the time I was kicking myself for not trying this earlier. If only I would have put some common sense into the mix the first time. It was so simple!

Next round I gave wild hog a whirl. I knew I'd have to be sure that the meat was thoroughly cooked, so I left it in a lot longer. They got rather brittle on me and every time I opened the oven, a whiff of sweaty armpits would hit my nostrils regardless the fact that the meat had been marinating in my teriyaki sauce for two days. It still tasted fine, but just wasn't as good as the deer. I tried it again this year, with the same result. Why wild hog meat takes on that odd smell when being cooked, I'll never know, but it's sure to turn the nose up for any city slicker who might be around at the time. I'm sure there's ways of bettering my hog jerky, but since deer meat is just as readily available I think I'll just stick with that.

So now, every deer season, the first thing I do is take a hefty hindquarter and slice it up thin for jerky. I'm generally pregnant at that time so having some extra protein to gnaw on is always welcomed. And if another deer is obtained during December I'll make up a good size batch to give to the brothers and Mom for Christmas. But no matter how much I make there's NEVER enough. At least I'll never have to buy it anymore and I'm most likely going to be able to have more than a little bag of it every year, as long as my teriyaki-sauce-making-talent doesn't take a dive or Steve retires.

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Gifts that give back

Available now, inspirational children's books and toys from the UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation (UHCCF) will not only make great gifts, but the proceeds from those items will fund child medical grants.

Holiday gift ideas include:

Award-winning Oliver & Hope children's storybooks

Children's joke books created by kids for kids

Holiday cards designed by kids

Digit'y Do — a numbers game that combines elements of strategy and probability with a high dose of fun.

Grins to Go bags— this nylon draw string backpack is filled to the brim with a dozen toys, games and activities that will inspire and amuse any boy or girl between the ages of 4 and 12.

All products are available at Amazon and 100% of the proceeds go to fund medical grants for children in Missouri and throughout the U.S.

Since 2007, UHCCF has awarded over 14,000 grants valued at more than $38 million to children and their families across the United States for treatments associated with medical conditions such as cancer, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, diabetes, hearing loss, autism, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, ADHD and cerebral palsy. Missouri families in need should go to www.uhccf.org to review criteria and submit an online application.


Summersville Bookends

It may have seemed that the library had "went to the birds" last week when 10 ladies and a gentleman attended the library's 1st Coffee Club activity – painting and decorating miniature birdhouses @ the Christmas Crafting Party. The creativity and conversation made for a very enjoyable day in the library.

Future Coffee Club activities are in the works for the New Year, compliments of Texas County Library and Summersville Friends of the Library and will be announced in this column.

The library's Charlie Brown Tree is up and decorated! That means it's time for Christmas reading, books-on-CD, and Christmas movies, and Summersville Library can fill just about any need for those. Check out our online catalog or stop in to see what's available!

All Texas County Library branches will be closed on Monday, December 25th to observe Christmas and will reopen on December 26th for regular business hours.

The Summersville Friends of the Library group usually meets at the library on the 2nd Monday of each month @ 5:00 p.m., but there will be no meeting in December. The next scheduled meeting will be on January 8, 2018 to plan the annual Princess Tea for January 20th. New members are invited to join this active group in supporting and participating in the continuing growth of the Summersville Branch Library.

YES, we are still collecting Best Choice barcodes. Drop them off @ any Texas County Library Branch.

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


Dec. 18: FLU SHOTS; immunizations, blood draws, blood pressures, blood sugar screenings

Dec. 19: WIC (cert/recert, check pick-up, appt. only); immunizations

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


Dec. 26: WIC (cert/recert, check pick-up, appt. only); FLU SHOTS; immunizations, blood draws, blood

pressures, blood sugar screenings

Dec. 27: WIC (cert/recert, check pick-up, appt. only); immunizations

If you are interested in coming to the monthly diabetes education class with Robin Harwell in December, please call the Shannon County Health Center at 573-226-3914, as the date is not yet determined due to the holiday.

Baby Announcements



2nd Annual Christmas Eve Walk/Run -May Every Mile Be Merry

All proceeds will go to helping community members in needs. Christmas is a time for giving, but those who are less fortunate have needs throughout the entire year. It is my goal during the Christmas holiday to bring the community together so we can be a blessing to those in need.

When: December 24, 2017 at 8:00am

Where: Roy L. Beck Municipal Golf Course

(Please park at the New Ballpark)

Cinnamon Rolls and Hot Chocolate served afterwards at the New Ballpark Pavilion

T-Shirt order forms can be picked up and turned in at Downhome Shopping, located on Main Street in Eminence. T-shirt orders are due December 18th

If you have any questions please contact, Audriana Hicks 417.247.7786


Holiday Season the Star Dramatic Company is proud to present "A Christmas Story", directed by Michael McHenry. The live, on stage adaptation of the movie classic from 1983, is sure to dazzle all who attend. The story is set in Hohman, Indiana and follows 11 year old Ralphie Parker (Trace Doughty) during his daily routines and quest to receive a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas. Facing the challenge of convincing his Old Man and Mother (Rusty & Hannah Doughty), teacher Miss Shields (Stacie Collins), and or Santa Clause (Avery Parker) that he deserves the BB gun, Ralphie also interacts with his friends Schwartz (Alex McHenry/Serena Smith) and Flick (Luke Collins) while being bothered by his kid brother Randy (Maverick Doughty) and chased by the local bully Scut Farkas (Brody Collins). The adult Ralph (Brett Osborne) narrates and has cameo appearances as multiple characters throughout the show. The story has a ton of comedic scenes and a roller-coaster of emotions sure to please crowds of all ages. Opening week will be at the newly renovated Melba Theater in Houston, MO with shows on Friday, December 8th at 7:00 PM, and Saturday, December 9th at 7:00 PM. The show continues in Willow Springs at the Historic Star Theater Friday, December 15th at 7:00 PM and Saturday, December 16th at 7:00 PM. The production closes at the West Plains Civic Center Theater with performances, Friday, December 22nd at 7:00 PM, and Saturday, December 23rd at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM.Tickets are available in advance or at the door. Come enjoy a night at the theater and this great Christmas Classic! Call 417-855-9483 for more information.





West Plains Parks & Recreation

Winona City News

Reflections from the Road

By Rick Mansfield

City Council Board Meeting

Fund our rural schools

‘Fund our rural schools'—McCaskill Calls on Congressional Leadership to Renew Secure Rural Schools

29 Missouri counties saw more than $2 million decrease in Secure Rural Schools funding that hurt schools, infrastructure, public safety services

Continuing her advocacy for Missouri's rural schools and communities, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill has joined a bipartisan effort to restore Secure Rural Schools funding for communities surrounding Mark Twain National Forest—to provide resources to support local schools, transportation, and public safety services.

"Public schools are the beating hearts of our small towns and rural communities in Missouri—and I'm not about to let up in my fight to see them get the resources they need," McCaskill said. "There's a whole lot of noise and whole lot of must-pass legislation in Washington as the year comes to a close, but I'm going to keep fighting to fund our rural schools and make sure our rural communities aren't forgotten and left on the cutting room floor."

Funding for the Secure Rural Schools program expired in 2015, leaving more than 775 counties and 4,400 school districts nationwide with budget shortfalls, including 29 Missouri counties that are home to Mark Twain National Forest. As a result of the program's expiration, Missouri counties saw a more than $2 million decrease in their most recent payment.

In a bipartisan letter to Congressional leadership, McCaskill and 31 colleagues wrote: "In the interest of working together in a bipartisan way to support local rural communities, we ask that you include a reauthorization of Secure Rural Schools in any end-of-the-year legislation."

Secure Rural Schools was first enacted in 2000 as local governments faced steep reductions in timber revenue sharing. Current revenue sharing payments are no longer sufficient to support the services forest counties must provide.


Letters to the Editor!

I hope everyone enjoyed the day and the evening of the Christmas in Eminence Celebration and parade as much as I did. There was such a Christmas spirit in the air, you not only could feel it but you felt like you were touched by the real spirit of Christmas. It is so great to live in and be a part of such a great community where we all can come together and celebrate Christmas.

I am finding it hard to begin to thank everyone that contributed to our 2017 Christmas in Eminence. It all began forty-six years ago when our community had a vision for our little town and had the first Christmas in Eminence parade and this tradition has been carried on every year since then. Over the years the parade has evolved, survived, changed, been added to, grown and loved by the community.

We have had many people to thank for continuing to carry on this tradidtion; volunteers, chamber members, business owners, spectators, sponsors, float entries, bands, community organizations, schools, churches and many more.

I would like to thank everyone that helped to make the 2017 Christmas in Eminence possible. A special thanks to Bertie Prewett, her family, her husband Bobby Prewett, her daughter Chrystal White, granddaughter Trista Keeling,, her friends, Brenda Martin, Eddie Martin, Kelly Carr and Russell Counts for their many hours of time and work spent on bringing back the awesome, wonderful Santa's Boogie Woogie Choo Choo Train which was the highlight of the 2017 parade and took best of show.

I would also like to give a special thank you to Donna Martin for all the work she did to make the 2017 Christmas in Eminence such a success. She was truly my right hand and one of Santa's best elves. Be sure to give her a hug when you see her.

Parade float winners were: Schools: 1st. Kindergarden; 2nd. 2nd Grade; 3rd. 3rd Grade Churches: 1st First Baptist Church; 2nd. Jacks Fork Country Church; 3rd. SCLID Ministries. Non-Profit: 1st. Extreme For Christ; 2nd. Shannon County Museum Association; 3rd. Shriners. Business: 1st. Brewer Boys; 2nd. County Fuels; 3rd. Emerald Acres. AT/UTV: 1st. Smelly Butts; 2nd. Dana Barton Philips; 3rd. Salty Jacks. Best of Show: Santa's Boogie Woogie Cho Cho Train

Nancy Brewer

Eminence, MO

Eminence Area Senior Citizens News

Birch Tree

WHS Alumni News


EHS Alumni News


The Bunker R-III Board of Education has announced the filing dates for those persons interested in becoming members of the Board of Education. The dates are Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. through Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. There are two, three-year term positions and one, one-year term position open. The successful candidates will, by law, be required to complete 16 hours of School Board Member Training.

All candidates will be required to file a form 5120 with the Missouri Department of Revenue prior to filing. The original will need to be notarized to send to the Missouri Department of Revenue and a copy should be presented when filing. Form 5120 can be picked up in the Superintendent's office or online at http://dor.mo.gov/personal/candidates.

Intersted candidates may sign up at the Superintendent's office during regular office hours, 8:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with the exception of December 19, 2017 through January 2, 2018, at which time the office will be closed for Christmas break and filing will not occur on days that the school district's central offices are closed due to inclement weather. The office will stay open on January 16, 2018 until 5:00 p.m. The election will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2018.

Publish Dec. 6 & 13, 2017

Consistent Involvement Necessary to Hook Young Hunters

We have a problem. While statistics show we are actually doing a good job of introducing youngsters to hunting, we are unfortunately experiencing a poor rate of retention. With special youth seasons and many programs dedicated to first-time hunters, we are getting new folks out in the field for their first hunt, but once they're on their own, participation wanes, or ends all together.

New hunters face many challenges, none more so than access to places to hunt. Often, participants in organized first-timer hunts are invited to a special piece of property. Someone who has years and years of hunting experience may even guide them. In such situations, the new hunters likely see a lot of game and probably have a chance to fill their tag.

Then turned lose on their on and reality sets in. Even if they are fortunate to have a piece of quality hunting land, they likely won't experience the level of satisfaction found during their introductory hunt. After a few unsuccessful experiences, they are likely to just hang it up.

I'm guilty. A couple of years back, a colleague approached me about taking him hunting. I was surprised by the ask, because frankly, this fella doesn't fit the mold of someone you would think was interested in becoming a hunter. But he said he has become very interested in where his food comes from, and would like to go hunting. I was excited, and immediately invited him to come on a turkey hunt with me.

The hunt was great. We didn't kill anything, but we heard plenty of birds, had a few unique encounters with wildlife and shared a nice morning in the woods. When it was over, I made a few suggestions on equipment he should buy, gave him the name of a couple of public land conservation areas he should check out and wished him luck. I realize now how insignificant my introduction to hunting really was, which has been confirmed by the fact this guy has never gone hunting again.

I'm not going to make the same mistake with Chris Brown. If you recall a column from a couple of years ago, or the cover of Conservation Federation magazine from March of 2017, Chris was my partner for the 2016 Governor's Youth Turkey Hunt and he successfully killed a turkey. And he did so in grand fashion.

After dinner in the Governor's Mansion, I took Chris to an exceptional piece of private property, most hunters could only dream of experiencing. The turkey rich woods produced on the first day of Chris' first hunt. Sounds great, right? In some way, yes, but in others it was a recipe for a quick exit from hunting. How could his second hunt compare?

It took me four years to kill my first doe. I blew so many hunts and missed a number of shots before I finally took a yearling doe at 14-years old. My motivation grew from a lack of success. My deep connection to hunting was forged by the struggle. When I found success, it was the culmination of a quest and a reward for intense dedication at a young age. Without the struggle, these first time hunters are not developing the roots necessary to keep the passion alive.

Chris is a Clark Middle School star on the gridiron and hardwood from Fayette, Missouri. Like most kids his age today, he's a busy guy. Academics and athletics require near constant attention. But the hunting bug is alive in him. And I'm so pleased he has continued to ask me to take him hunting. Of course, he wanted to go back to the 600-acre private farm with the log mansion where he killed his turkey, but this season, I have brought him down a peg or two.

Chris killed a doe on our fourth hunt this year. He had many opportunities to take small bucks and other does, but we worked on patience. We also worked on woodsmanship. I am proud of this young man for being able to sit perfectly still on the ground next to a tree on the edge of an open agriculture field without spooking deer feeding only 20 yards away.

After his successful hunt, Chris gutted his doe. I don't think expected to tackle this chore. This was his second deer and he didn't gut the first one. I said to him that hunting isn't all about magazine covers, now put those gloves on and get over here. He did, and I explained every step of the way. When it was over I asked him if he could do it on his own, and he said yes, and that, I am proud of.

Please don't get me wrong. Taking a hunter out for their first hunt is great, and I sincerely commend anyone who does so. However, setting up false expectations and then sending someone out on their own too soon is a recipe for an early exit from participation. I hunted five times with Chris this year, and with each hunt I can see his skills developing. When he gets his drivers license in a couple of years, I have know doubt he will have both the experience and determination to strike out on hs own, and hopefully remain a hunter for life.

See you down the trail…

Pic: Chris Brown and Brandon Butler pose with a doe Chris took on his fifth deer hunt of the year.

Area Church News


Jack's Fork Country Church

Greetings from JFCC! We were welcomed by Dave Anderson, leading us in prayer, the pledge and song. We sang "Glory to His Name", "Trust and Obey" and "Give Thanks". The Promise was read from John 3:16 and Scripture from Luke 1:26-38.

Prayer list: Jane Smith, Mary Barnes, Evan Marks, Donna Bohms, Colt Spurgin, Dave Kentch, Sheila Worrell, Lois' grandson, Blake, Patsy Coker, Randy Liggett, Brooke Fields and baby, Nikki Watson, Jeannie McConnell, Leta Hightower, Charlene Williams, David Smith, Betty Porter, Brooke Keeling Porter and baby, Shirley Powell, Jerry Evans, Terri's parents, Mike's parents and their daughter, Dorothy Ennis, Dustin Riley, Emily's dad, Alan Savoy, those suffering loss of loved ones, our military and families, our country and leaders and our church. Nancy Ray led us in prayer and The Lord's Prayer.

Dave Anderson blessed us with a special rendition of "Amazing Grace"! Nancy Ray adjourned to Children's Church.

Howell Burkhead gave our sermon today, reading from Matthew 1:22-23. The number one most important thing about Christmas: God Is With Us! When Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary, God came from Heaven through Jesus to Be With Us!

John 1:14: God came to where we were! God with us! God in us! The Hope of Glory! God is in every Christmas bow, shining lights, and all of the d'cor of the season, meant to glorify our Lord!

Howell told the story of an Algonquin boy who grew up in the forests. Rituals were held to prepare him to be a man. His father took him to the woods to be left alone all night in the dangers of the night! He either would survive to become a warrior, or live a life of shame in the village. At daybreak, he saw his father who had been nearby all along!

Christmas is the revelation that our Father is with us - we are never alone! God is always near us and He is for us!

As a young man, Howell heard a Baptist preacher who greatly impressed him. The man had just buried his wife, leaving him and his young daughter alone. One night, the daughter came to her father for comfort, afraid of the darkness. He comforted her as she asked if he had his head turned toward her, and could he love her through the dark? He assured her that he could until she fell asleep. Then, the preacher fell on his knees and asked God the same questions! God answered, "Yes, I can love you through the dark!"

Always know that God Is With Us! Prayer.

We closed with song and prayer, led by Mike Svaleson.

Black Pond

Birch Tree Assembly of God

Church Faith Tabernacle


Moment In The Word

Edwin Woolsey

Luke 12:22-23 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. 23The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.

Following the parable of the rich fool (Luke 12:15), Christ ordered his disciples to beware of covetousness since the meaning of life encompasses more than an abundance of "things." Contrasting the greedy man who God had blessed, Jesus prompted his followers to consider the livelihood of the common crow, "Look at the ravens. They don't plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?" (vs. 24-25) Unlike the lowly creatures, the indulgent farmer had unsuccessfully done all these things; sowing, harvesting, and building. But in spite of his tedious effort, his selfish agenda was unexpectedly ruined.

By planting and harvesting a teeming crop, the rich man actually created a crisis of overabundance for himself when trying to decide where to store what he was unable to easily use. Consequently, he determined to tear down his old barns, which had been sufficient the previous year, to build immense new warehouses for hoarding his increase. Afterwards, he falsely assumed that he would have years to enjoy his immeasurable wealth in riotous living. Sadly, before any of his plans were realized, the man died that very evening in his sleep. (Luke 12:17-20)

Ending His example of the ravens, Christ picked a wildflower growing in a field as God intended, "Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don't work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are." (vs. 27)

In the comparison, the Lord wisely mentioned Solomon, who had also written, "Better is a handful with quietness, than both hands full with travail and vexation of spirit." Eccl. 4:6 Here is the meaning of Solomon's proverb, "Items held in one hand can be easily protected by the other empty hand. However, when both hands are piled high with ‘stuff,' there is absolutely no way to manage what might accidentally fall." Thus, it simply makes sense to be satisfied with what God knowingly provides rather than spending our entire life devoted to amassing meaningless clutter, which might actually shorten our existence due to worry and frustration.

Like the ravens and the lilies, God already knows what we need to live. Rather than being consumed by self-centered greed, we should focus our attention on the Kingdom of Heaven that God intends to give us. (vs. 31-32) Thus, Jesus admonished, "Do not obsess about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own problems. Today's trouble is enough for you to handle now." Matthew 6:34

Area Church News

Eminence First Baptist Church
Website: www.fbceminence.org

Eminence Assembly of God

May God's presence surround you during this holiday season and each day that follows. We had a glorious time in the house of God in both the Sunday morning and evening worship services. God created the church for unity not uniformity! The phrase,"One mind and one accord," as found in the Book of Acts chapter 1, 2 and 5 comes from a Greek word meaning harmonious. When I think of harmonious I think of the harmony of voices and instruments that make music. Different voices all blending to make one beautiful song. There are different instruments all with the same tuning, yet offering their own unique sound. Different rhythms, but all on one beat. Reminds me of 1 Corinthians 12:4-7. Jesus is building His church, He uses different people with different talents to accomplish one goal and that is to win the lost and build the kingdom of God. Come see what God is doing here at the Eminence First Assembly of God, we'll save a seat f or you!

Upcoming Events: We will be having our Christmas service next Sunday morning, Dec. 17. Service starts at 10:45, with dinner following in the fellowship hall. On Christmas Eve we will have a communion service at 10 AM. On December 31st, we will have a gospel singing at 6 PM. You are invited to come and bring a song, we would love to have you join us as we celebrate the passing of this year and welcome 2018. BTW, we will NOT be watching the old year out and the new year in.

Our service schedules are Sunday School @ 10:00 am Morning Worship @ 10:45 am Evening Worship @ 5:00 pm and our mid week Worship Service is Wednesday night @ 7:00 pm. You will always find a warm welcome.

Eminence  Methodist 

We were as happy to have Pastor David back from his holiday vacation as he was happy to be back home. His message was "Back to the Tree of Life," honoring the Christmas season and the birth of Jesus as the beginning of the way back to God. God made us to be in His image, as loving, kind, patient, merciful, just, healing, and powerful as He is. He wanted it to be forever but Adam and Eve "messed it all up" and became "the reason for the season." Our redemption is free, but the cost of their sins was Jesus' life. The secret identify of the Tree of Life is revealed to be the cross.

Bill O'Donnell and Ashlin Brewer did the First and Second Readings. The second candle of Advent was lit by Josh and Crystal Chilton. Holy Communion was served, with Sharon Newman assisting.

Pastor David announced he would make books available as Recommendations for Reading and offered one title for purchase, Faith Through Devotions, a systematic, daily way of building faith.

The poinsettia sign-up sheet is still active. Pastor David thanked Dorothy Williams again for the beautiful holiday d'cor in the sanctuary.

We were proud of Trent McBride being on TV with ballgame coverage, and Judy Cook added her joy of seeing her grandsons, Hunter and Riley, baptized last weekend in Washington,

Mo. We remember Sydney Williams with her knee injury, and Ruthie Smith wanted us to remember those affected by the terrible California wildfires.

The Methodist Church is located in Eminence just west of the intersection of Hwys. 106 and 19. Come be with us.


Mt. View Baptist


Area Church News



West Eminence Christian Church

We enjoyed another great day of worship and fellowship as we gathered at WECC. Mindy and Hunter Ipock were our friendly greeters.

Joel Bates and worship team led us in Christmas songs: Joy to the World, Angels We Have Heard on High, This is Christ the King, and Silent Night. They also read portions of the Christmas story from God's Word.

For the communion devotion Joel shared about a men's group who had been on an outing along the Current River last week. They had teased each other about accepting the challenge to jump in the icy cold river. But while they did that, one of the men said, "I need to be baptized. I've gone to church for a while, but I have never taken that step of faith." And so he was baptized in the river that evening. Afterward he said,"I thought it would be very cold, but all I could think about was that I needed a Savior." So our mind at communion time was that in Jesus, we all have the Savior that we need.

We praise the Lord for the Kids Stop group that sang and shared goodies with the residents at Birch Tree Place last week. Thanks also to those who prepared goody plates and for those who went caroling on Sunday sharing the joy of Christmas with many.

We continue to pray for Carl Ward, Avis Rayfield, and for the Christmas activities-- that God will be honored and people will be drawn to Christ this Christmas.

Allen's message was "The God of Heaven's Armies." That was one of the descriptions of Jesus when He came to this earth and it is used of God at least 300 times in scripture. When David faced Goliath, he was facing impossible odds in the world's way of thinking. But David trusted the Lord to give victory over one who would dare to taunt God. Any who would dare to taunt God will evntually face the consequences. But any who would dare to stand with and for Jesus will experience victory. Victory over the giants of this life that seem overwhelming. And victory for eternity.

We invite all to join us for the all-church dinner next Sunday at 5 PM with program following.

Fellowship Tabernacle, West Eminence

Women of Faith

Winona Assembly of God

Winona Baptist 

What a joy it is to serve the Lord. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

Casting all your care upon Him, for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walking about, seeking whom he may devour. I Peter 5:6-8. Keep your eyes to Jesus, and not on the things of the world.

Please prayfor our police officers, our nation, leaders and for one another.

Shannon County, it's that time of year when families need help. We need volunteer Bell Ringers for the Salvation Army at Town & Country in Winona. Donating 1 hour of your time will help alot; 85% of the money we collect stays in our community.

What is the Salvation Army? A religious and charitable organization on semi-military lines, founded by William Booth in 1865. Please come out and help. We only have a few weeks before Christmas. You can contact Ruby Craig at the helping Hands Thrift Store in Winona, (573) 300-7930. Your help will be very much appreciated. God will richly bless you for it. Thank you.

I would like to take this time, it's 2 a.m. in the morning, just to thank Joyce Haynes and Hazel for always going the extra mile to do things to help others. Joyce had a Christmas party Saturday night at her house for the kids. Everyone had a great time. And when I asked this morning for volunteer bell ringers for the Salvation Army, Joyce was the first one to say Hazel and I will do it. These ladies are like the energizer bunny that just keeps on going. I believe their strength comes from their faith in God and helping other people. On the 12th, Joyce and Hazel will be doing another party for the Women of Faith. Where is our faith? Christmas is the time for giving. Thanks to everyone that goes that extra mile this year. How blessed we are to be able to give and share with others.

Brother Nick's message today, Luke 8:15-22. Those who listen and obey through the Holy Spirit will receive in abundance all things that are holy. God is in control of all things, when we submit to his will anything he has planned for us is better than anything we can plan for ourselves for we plan and think of things of this world, God plans of things in heaven on earth for all eternity.

Happy birthday Taylor Banks, Dec. 18, Treyton Lilly, Dec. 20. Wish you both many more.

Sunday school 10 a.m. Worship service 11 a.m.

I know my news letter is a little long this week but God didn't wake me up at 12 a.m. for no reason at all. He has a purpose for my day. It actually started at midnight to 2 a.m. before I got up and wrote this letter. Have a blessed week. Remember God works in mysterious ways.

Ladies Fill My Cup Fellowship

Winona Christian Church

Give Yourself A Present

Pastor Steve Ellison

This time of year is a special, magical time. The pleasures of Thanksgiving are still fresh on our minds. The anticipation of Christmas joy looms large on the horizon. Most of us are inclined to be kinder and gentler than we are much of the rest of the year. We are more inclined to be tolerant of other people, thus more disposed to choose to be happy. Benevolent organizations work throughout the year with the goal of being able to pour out blessings during the Christmas season, thus fewer people are ill-fed and ill-clothed during this season. All of this is wonderful and good; however, it is of little long term consequence. I speak not of the need for kindness, benevolence, and tolerance throughout the year, though that would be nice. Rather, I speak of the need for Christ to be formed in you for eternal consequence.

We must not lose track of Jesus being the Reason for the Season. We must not miss the eternal purpose in His coming to earth as a man. We must not fail to realize the consequences of His birth. He was not born just to be born; He was born to die. He did not die just to die; He died to be resurrected. And these are not all. He was also born to live. Christmas is important. Good Friday is important. Easter is important. However, His life was just as important. Colossians 1:27 tells me that the mystery revealed in the New Testament is that "Christ in me is the hope of glory". Galatians 2:20 tells me "it is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me". Christ died in my place; He also lived in my place. Jesus was sent as the representative man to replace the first representative man, Adam. He was a substitute for you and for me in death but also in life. Everything the man Jesus did was significant. His birth, death, and resurrection were important but so were His circumcision, baptism, temptation, loving, forgiving, obeying, ministering, foot washing, interceding, transfiguration, Gethsemane experience, suffering, etc. Everything that Christ did was so that we would not have to. Surely we attempt to follow in His footsteps, and so we should. However, our attempts to mimic Him are poor attempts indeed. We would be helpless and hopeless if our salvation, our abundant life, were dependent upon our efforts.

The birth of Christ at Bethlehem is a fantastic miracle. The birth of Christ in your heart and mine is a greater miracle. Paul told us in Galatians 4:19 that he was in labor until "Christ was formed in us". As we read the gospels, tracing the life of Jesus of Nazareth in Galilee and Judah, we would do well to trace the life of Jesus in our own hearts. As He is progressively formed in us, we learn the truth of John the Baptist's declaration: we decrease as He increases. Our living doesn't become easier; it becomes less. We begin to learn the truth of "it is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me". This is not ivory tower theology only for intellectual argument. This is real world stuff for real people. As Christ is birthed in our hearts and grows to maturity there, He gradually and progressively takes over every aspect of our lives. We, who apart from Him can do nothing, no thing at all, eventually learn what it means to rest in Christ, allowing Him to live in our place. The Christian life is not meant to be a misery filled struggle; the Christian life is meant to be a joy filled resting. This Christmas, give yourself a present; give way to Christ, allowing Him to live in you, through you, for you.


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