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Amanda's Column

Early Bird

My mom has always been an early for as long as I've known her. Growing up I rarely arose before her since she had a tendency to her day long before the crack of dawn. I generally assumed she did that in order to accomplish things before the little ones woke and hindered her progress. (However, Mom still gets up incredibly early even now with all us kids grown.) During our schooling days, it was customary for us to get up at 4:30 every weekday morning in order for her to get our schooling lessons in while the baby and toddler still slept. It wasn't all that thrilling waking up that early most mornings for me, but we'd regularly have our lessons done before breakfast and homework would be completed by the time lunch was ready, and we'd be free to tackle chores and still have time to play the remainder of the day.

I frequently had to restrain my eyebrows from rising sarcastically when I'd here public school kids moaning about how early they had to be up and ready for the bus, and it was easy to astonish them into silence when I‘d casually remark how nice it must be to sleep that late into the morning when we have to face the day when the sun still had several hours to reveal itself.

When I hit my young adult years, I found that I still had to begin my days in darkness when I got my first job at the Cooper Bar Ranch in Summersville. I had to be there at five in the morning so imagine how early I had to get up in order to get there in a timely manner! On more than one occasion I was found sleeping standing up in a horse stall filling a water trough or leaning up against a pitch fork in a half cleaned stall. I can't say I've ever been a big fan of early raisings, but for most of my life, that was my habit rather I liked it or not.

When I joined the family along Blair's Creek and started supplying a shop in Silver Dollar City with my hand made shawls, I continued to get up at four to begin my weaving, just because it seemed like the right thing to do. I could have one shawl made before I had to break away to start breakfast, and after a midmorning nap, I'd have another made just before dinner.

And then…I got married. Naturally there was no jumping out of bed at the wee hours of morning during our honey moon, and once we got back and moved into our cabin, we still had no drive to push ourselves into the early-bird habit. But I must say, as much as I enjoyed lingering in bed all snuggled up to my man, I did feel really bad that we were allowing so much of the day to slip by. It seems so much can be accomplish those first few hours of the day.

Ten months later, mother-hood occurred and the value of early-rising was acknowledged once more, and as more children arrived the less time I had in a day. Our common time for the alarm to arouse us is at 6:45 and we'll be up somewhat after 7:00, but that's including the kids. So when there is pressing occasions that need my full attention I'll make it a point to get up a few hours before that. During the drought last year I was getting up just as the sky was beginning to take on a slight light so I could carry water up to the garden and have it watered before it got hot. That normally took me several hours to achieve, but it went so much faster without tripping over a hundred kids that all like to hover right in front of me or dumping my buckets of water when I wasn't looking. And, of course I didn't have to face the intense heat.

Then there's the craft shows. Hard as I try, it's nearly impossible to weave during the day without a hundred-million interruptions every thirty seconds. So I start up my four to four-thirty risings again, usually around the end of August and I can get half a shawl made before I hear the alarm upstairs going off, announcing the end of my quite time. Yes, I still cringe whenever I hear my own alarm squawking at four in the morning, but after I force myself out of bed and down stairs I begin to enjoy myself and the complete thoughts that I can experience at such a peaceful time. And I really feel content and achievable after I see how much I can accomplish.

So now, with just three months to go before craft shows are upon us, I've attempted to get a head start on shawl weaving. However, I have a small, but cute problem on my hands this time. After getting up at 4:30 twice in a row, Baby Ethan caught on to it and is now waking up precisely at 4:30, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed! I'll bring him down with me and lay him on the couch while I weave, but that's not entirely working in my favor. He's wanting to be held, bounced and or cuddled, so needless to say, not much weaving is getting done and I for one don't feel like getting up that early just to play with a baby, regardless how adorable he is.

I have found though that after his two a.m. feeding he goes back to sleep readily, so for a few times, I've gotten up and snuck in two and a half hours of weaving before he wakes up again. By then I'm ready to hit the sack, so I'll snuggle back in bed to feed him and we're both out within a few minutes. Not sure how long I'll be able to go doing that, but for now I'll get in some weaving about every other morning. I still don't get as much as I'd like down, but it's a heck of a lot better than not getting any done at all and fretting over it all the time. I just hope I won't look too much like a zombie by October though.

Shannon County Minutes

Eminence School Board

Plan Ahead: Pets and Fireworks Do Not Mix

Independence Day is a day for family get-togethers and fireworks. However, Bob Schultheis, a natural resource engineering specialist with University of Missouri Extension, advises families to leave their pets at home when going to crowded summer events.

Schultheis suggests the following safety tips for managing pets around crowds and fireworks.

Many pets are not used to large crowds and lots of noises. The noise and commotion can be extremely frightening.

"If you are hosting a party or will have fireworks, have a safe, quiet place to keep pets so they will not become frightened and hurt themselves. Fireworks make pets very uncomfortable and agitated, and can hurt their sensitive hearing," said Schultheis.

If you know your pet usually becomes scared by loud noises, like thunderstorms, put the pet in the quietest room of the house, with soothing music playing, to help them alleviate any anxiety.

"If you are home with your dog during a fireworks display or thunderstorm, do not try to comfort them. That tells them that they have reason to be frightened. Turn up the radio to help drown out the noise and put lots of lights on so that the flashes are less noticeable. Act normally, keeping your voice light and unconcerned," said Schultheis.

Never tie dogs outside because it increases their anxiety according to Schultheis.

"Don't leave your outdoor pets unattended, even in a fenced yard. The chaos may cause them to panic and hurt themselves trying to escape. A scared animal is not careful, and many are hit by cars when running wildly away from something they think is dangerous," said Schultheis.

It is also a good idea to be sure your pets are wearing proper identification in case they do become lost during an event. Identification tags will help your pet find its way home. Microchips are the most reliable form of identification.

"Don't take your pet to a fireworks event and then leave it alone in a parked car. They may develop hyperthermia (increased body temperature) which is usually fatal," said Schultheis.

Dogs and cats cannot perspire and can only release heat by panting, drooling and through the pads in their feet. Cars reach unsafe temperature levels (120 degrees Fahrenheit) quickly. Young, elderly or obese pets, and those with a dark-colored coat are particularly at risk of overheating.

"Keep your dog or cat hydrated and cool. Make sure they have access to water for drinking. Use a wet towel under the animal, air conditioning, a kiddie pool, or a fan in front of a pan of ice to keep the animal cool," said Schultheis.


Safe Handling of Fireworks Can Prevent July 4th Trip to Emergency Room

The July Fourth holiday will not be a celebration for the 8,600 or so Americans likely to end up in hospital emergency rooms from injuries by fireworks.

"National Fire Protection Association statistics in 2010 (latest year available) showed 57 percent of those injuries were to the arms and legs and 37 percent were to the head. The injury risk was highest for children ages 5-14, with more than twice the risk as for the general population," said Bob Schultheis, natural resource engineering specialist, University of Missouri Extension.

In addition, the NFPA estimated fireworks caused 15,500 reported fires, including 1,100 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 14,100 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, 60 civilian injuries and $36 million in direct property damage in 2010.

A Consumer Products Safety Commission study in 2011 found that nearly half of all fireworks injuries occurred to hands and fingers, and that the top three fireworks for causing injuries were sparklers (17%), reloadable shells (14%), and firecrackers (13%).

"Celebrating Independence Day can be fun for the family, but fireworks are not a toy. Injuries can range from burned fingers and lacerations to serious disability or loss of vision," said Schultheis.

'Consumer fireworks,' formerly known as Class C fireworks, are legal in Missouri. Legal age of purchase is 14, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. This class includes bottle rockets, sky rockets, Roman candles, cone and cylindrical fountains, firecrackers, certain sparklers and revolving wheels. Bottle rockets are the most dangerous for eye injuries; sparklers are the most dangerous for burns.

"Public displays are safest, but if you are having a home fireworks display, please follow these common-sense safety tips," said Schultheis.

* Read and follow all manufacturer label directions and warning instructions.

* Always light fireworks outdoors in a clear area on a flat surface at least 25 feet away from onlookers, buildings, vehicles and combustible materials.

* Always supervise older children when they are lighting fireworks. Never allow children under age 10 to play with fireworks, including sparklers. (Sparklers can reach a temperature of 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit.)

* Light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting the devices. Never put fireworks in breakable containers like tin cans, clay pots or bottles that may shatter, and never hold fireworks in your hands when lighting them.

* Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy for emergencies and to douse any fireworks that do not ignite.

* Do not allow any running or horseplay while fireworks are being used. Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

* Keep unused fireworks away from the area where fireworks are being lit, Always store fireworks in a dry, cool place and avoid rough handling that might damage the fuse or handles.

* Always demonstrate responsible behaviors around fireworks, because children may imitate your actions.

MU Guide GH6026, "Protecting Children from Unintentional Injuries," offers safety tips for fireworks. It is available from your county University of Missouri Extension Center or online at http://extension.missouri.edu/explore/hesguide/humanrel/gh6026.htm.

Local author, Edwin Woolsey, is excited to announce the latest publication in his Chronicler series, Beyond the Father of Waters.

The series begins during the Saxon settlement of England where his family's surname is established in Book One - Wolves of War. Subsequent books will explore Europe's Crusades, the Plague Years, the Religious Wars, and the Colonial Settlement of America. The most recent release of Book Six - Beyond the Father of Waters, chronicles the Woolsey family history from Illinois to Missouri, through the American Civil War to the Great Depression. While the preface includes genealogy from England and Holland to the 1580's, the book primarily portrays real historic events occurring in Phelps, Shannon, Texas, and Howell County over the last 150 years. Old family photographs and records are included.

Woolsey's books are available through a variety of online distributors including Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com. His books can be purchased in this area at Book Nook in West Plains.



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






Summersville Bookends

It's almost time for this year's Summer Reading Program! With the theme, Libraries Rock!, it promises to be an interesting one for all.

The month-long schedule of activities for Summersville Branch begins on June 29th with a visit from the lead singer who made "Snoopy & the Red Baron" famous and #1 on the charts in 1968, Mr. Barry Winslow. Participants will receive an autographed photo of Barry, and Snoopy toys will be given to the 1st 25 kids, compliments of Mountain View McDonald's. This activity kicks off the reading program, and parents can sign their children up at this time.

Summer Reading Program activities will be held each Monday and Friday in July @ 1 p.m. with the finale party on July 27th.


Shannon County Health Department Calendar

JUNE 2018

Monday, June 25: Diabetes nutrition class with Robin Harwell (call our office for time), immunizations, blood draws, blood pressures, blood sugar screenings

Tuesday, June 26: WIC (appt. only), immunizations; blood pressures at Winona Senior Center at 11:30 am

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


Baby Announcements



Brawley- Greear Reunion

Saturday, June 23, 2018 10:00 am until ?

Alley Springs Park Burr Oak Pavilion

Covered Dish Lunch At noon.


OMC Offering Free Athletic Physicals for Area Students July 19

Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) will offer free athletic physicals for area student athletes from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 19 at the Shaw Medical Building, across from the main entrance of the hospital at 1100 Kentucky Avenue.

Participants are encouraged to arrive during specific time slots, determined by the first letter of their last name. Times are as follows:

4:30 to 5 p.m. A to E

5 to 5:30 p.m. F to I

5:30 to 6 p.m. J to M

6 to 6:30 p.m. N to Q

6:30 to 7 p.m. R to U

7 to 7:30 p.m. V to Z

Local physicians, family nurse practitioners and advanced practice nurses will conduct physicals for student athletes entering 7th through 12th grades attending local area schools.

Athletic physicals are required for all students who plan to participate in any school-sponsored sport. Josh Drummond, Director of OMC Rehabilitation, said the free physicals are part of an extended cooperative effort between OMC, the West Plains R-7 School District and other area school districts.

"Participating in school athletics is a great way for children and teens to stay active and healthy. We are proud to offer free physicals in support of our student athletes," Drummond said.

Last year, 320 area students turned out for this event.



Our great nation will be celebrating it's two hundred and forty-second birthday, Wednesday, July 4th at 10 A.M. on Main St in Willow Springs. We are enlisting the participation of civic, service, church, business, school, veterans & patriots to make plans now to enter the historic parade. We are looking for individuals or groups to represent historic characters dating from 1620-2018. Some figures from past parades are Patrick Henry, Abigail Adams, Paul Revere, Clara Barton, Alexander Hamilton, Carrie Nation, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Wendell Willkie, Amelia Earhart, Ronald Reagan & Calamity Jane.

We will line up at Booster field from 9 to 10 A.M. July 4th, there will be a spirit of 1776 program in the Star Theater immediately following the parade. For more information contact Wendell (252-0230) or Jane (469-2588)


Eminence School Board


Forest Service Employees Daniel Oldham and Kyle Young removed this particularly dangerous tree from the river, one section at a time.

Eleven Point Ranger District employees assist Missouri State Troopers

with public safety by removing river hazard during holiday weekend

During the very busy Memorial Day weekend, Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) Water Patrol Division conducted approximately 20 water rescues, including a near drowning, due to people getting caught in the limbs and root system of a particularly-large scarlet oak which had recently fallen into the Current River. Sometimes called "strainers", limbs and root wads in rivers are obstacles that river-goers need to avoid. The current pushing against someone caught in a strainer can be a life-threatening situation. This tree, in combination with changes to the channel's flow from recent flooding, created a hazardous situation—as the current was sending floaters and boaters directly into this strainer.

Corporal Shayne Talburt, MSHP Troop E, and MSHP Trooper Corporal J.T. Wilson conducted the rescues that weekend and estimate about 20 more people were rescued by other citizen boaters. Talburt reached out to Matt Dillon (the new District Ranger for the Eleven Point Ranger District), to help them eliminate this particular hazard on the Current River to make it safer for the recreating public.

That evening, District Ranger Dillon, Zone Realty Specialist Keith Holland, and two experienced tree-fallers from the Eleven Point Ranger District (Daniel Oldham and Kyle Young) inspected the site and came up with a plan of action. The next morning, the team utilized two boats and one truck to access the site, as the fallers worked quickly and safely to remove the limbs from the river flow.

District Ranger Dillon stated, "They did phenomenal work and quickly solved the problem; Daniel and Kyle got right to work taking the limbs out, one section at a time; and our own law enforcement officer, Toby Barton, ensured a safe work environment by directing boat traffic from the water while the tree-fallers did the work." Dillon said he is very impressed with the skills and attention to safety he witnessed during the process.

Ranger Dillon said that Corporal Talburt was very pleased to have this unforeseen safety hazard removed from the water in a timely manner. "We know the Missouri State Troopers have a tough job during a busy holiday weekend, and we wanted to do our part to help them keep the public safe," stated Ranger Dillon. He continued, "Everyone did remarkable work; and I can't say enough about how professional they were!"

This particular strainer was removed due to the circumstances that made it difficult for recreationists to avoid. However, the river is part of nature—not a controlled environment—and hazards exist. Before venturing onto the rivers and streams this summer, please take a moment to brush up on your river safety knowledge and skills.

Here are a few tips for being safe while enjoying the river:

Wear Your Personal Flotation Device (PFD). If you don't wear it, it won't work---that's the plain and simple truth.

Be aware of current river conditions. Rivers in the Ozarks can rise rapidly. If you're a novice - or even an experienced - paddler, please take a look at the river before deciding to get on it. Several were severely impacted by the flooding. Many have new gravel bars, log jams, strainers, and other obstacles that present potential safety hazards to floaters.

Be weather aware. River are moving, living entities influenced greatly by weather. It is a good idea to check weather before launching, especially if you are overnighting on a river.

Be cautious of high water. Launching in high water or flood stage is a personal decision of risk that you must carefully make, especially if you have other people in your party. Whatever the conditions, be sure your paddling and swift-water rescue skills are up to the challenge and that you are properly geared.

Be extra careful with children. Remember, the law requires children under the age of 12 to wear a PFD when floating. Floating a river with kids is entirely a personal decision. No one can recommend to you whether you should or shouldn't take them along on a float, as only you know your paddling skill level and your ability to handle whatever river conditions you are presented with, including dealing with obstacles. Children can also be unpredictable in their movements or behaviors, so you also have to factor this into the equation.

Do not rely on cell phones on rivers. This is still rugged, remote country where cell service is very limited, especially down in river corridors. Also, there are no pay phones.

Preparing for overnight canoeing trips. Even if the weather is predicted to be sunny and fair, it's just a wise rule of thumb to set your campsite up on high ground with an escape route at your back. You never know when weather occurring upstream will affect the water downstream. Also, don't leave your boat and gear down by the river. Park them above your tent so that if the river comes up, your transportation doesn't float away. Here's a handy "river-is-coming-up" tip: if you see a clear river beginning to cloud or debris such as leaves and limbs coming through, most likely the river is coming up and you should seek high ground immediately.

This information certainly doesn't cover all the bases. Visit the American Canoe Association's "Top 10 Paddling Safety Tips" page for additional information


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


Letters to the Editor!

Dear Editor,

Kathy Ellis will be at the Eminence City Park Pavilion on June 22 from 4 PM to6 PM. Kathy Ellis is a Democratic Candidate for the 8th Congressional District. Kathy wants to hear your concerns so she can make the government work for us. She supports healthcare for all, rural broadband access, opportunities for Veterans, protecting family farms, Pre-K for all Missouri kids and addressing the opioid crisis head-on. Kathy is a Clinical Social Worker from Festus, Missouri.

I am supporting Kathy Ellis because I believe she will listen to rural Missourians and will fight for us in Washington. Please come out and meet Kathy Ellis and tell her what keeps you up at night.

Janet Fossey


The short term city plan all along was to, in this order: 1) complete the water project plus new water tower. Done 5 years ago. 2) Complete the sewerline project. Done earlier this Spring. 3) Then streets.

Street work has begun. We have asphalt ordered, and will dig into it a little harder after the crew replaces a sewerline, early next week.

A couple of Things -

If you live outside of The Zone, you have forgotten that we had a historical flood a year ago. We inventoried $4 million in damages to city infrastructure, yet we only received $340,000 from FEMA (we still haven't received 20,000 of that). So, we are in a poor financial situation due to the flood.

We are temporarily broke, until we receive more disaster funding.

Street repair is expensive. We received $14,000 from FEMA to repair and overlay Tom Akers Rd from the west side of our driveway to the east end of asphalt and base that was swept away. We received one bid, and it was $20,000. It is only 200 yards/600 feet of distance!!! Your City Council wisely tabled it until we can land more flood relief funding. We don't have the $6,000 matching to spend. For now.

But you should know that several things are happening. If you follow me on Facbook, you already know.

In April, we applied for funding for a $650,000 project to repair and overlay our "arterial" streets, all of: 6th St, Pine St, Rader St. 2nd St as a secondary/ emergency route to the courthouse. Two other sides of the courthouse. And, to patch and repair College. I am optimistic that we will land this grant.

Where is the transportation sales tax $ you voted on recently, and how will it help? About $36,000 is in a separate checking account, and none has been spent since we began collecting it. That's 11 months of revenue, so a year's worth would be $40,000. See the previous paragraph. This will take us about 400 yards, or about a 1/4 mile each year. It isn't much, but this tax rate is the most allowable by state law. So instead, we promised $58,000 of in-kind for the above arterial roadway project. We will allow this account to grow until there is $58,000 in it, and hopefully turn it into a $650.000 project. Afterwards, the long-term plan for this tax money is to spend it once/year on residential streets.

Next up, CDBG recently offered additional light flood assistance earlier, and we expect to get $99,000 from it.

But, we're still a Long Way from $4 million. Right?

About a month ago, an announcement came about $112 million in Missouri grant funding for communities just like us: Communities that were badly shorted by FEMA. I do not expect to get the $3 million that we were shorted, but I do expect to gain a sizeable amount to repair flood-damaged infrastructure.

Don't think that we aren't trying, because we are. We will continue patching and repairing streets in about a week and a half. But until we get additional funding, do not look for major road improvements.

We completed the first two promises, water then sewer. With additional funding, we will complete the third promise, streets, too.

Eminence Area Senior Citizens News

EHS Alumni News

by: Pearl Bunch Edgar

Birch Tree

WHS Alumni News

Indiana Dunes State Park a Place to Camp

You don't have to travel to the Gulf of Mexico or either coast to experience long, white sandy beaches stretching along the shoreline of water you can't see across. America's Great Lakes are an inland ocean, and I am particularly fond of Lake Michigan.

I'm pretty sure it was in the 5thgrade our class took a field trip to the Indiana Dunes State Park. This is one of the first moments I realized how lucky I was to belong to a family of campers. I was already familiar with the Dunes because we had spent many weekends in the state park campground. While my friends and classmates were being exposed to this incredible natural world for the first time, I told stories about my favorite sand dunes and trails.

Indiana Dunes State Park was created in 1925. It consists of 2,182 acres with more than three miles of beach along Lake Michigan's southern shore. The landscape includes numerous habitats harboring plant and wildlife species not found elsewhere in the state. Miles of trail pass through black oak forest, patches of wildflowers, white pines and ferns. The dunes, though, are the star of the show.

The largest sand dunes are nearly 200 feet tall. When you are standing up on top, looking down the wind swept slope to the beach stretching out before the water, you're filled with a sense of immensity not often found in Indiana. Set out in a full sprint down a dune and most often you will wipeout out before reaching the beach. Your legs are unable to keep up with the high, gravity-assisted speed.

Families looking for something to do over the Fourth of July holiday may want to consider a trip to northwest Indiana. Camp at Indiana Dunes State Park and watch the Chicago fireworks from a Hoosier stretch of sand. Explore the beaches of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, too.

The campground has 140 sites, most of which are in the shade. It's open all year and reservations are available. Full hookup sites are available for those in an RV, as are perfect places to pop-up a tent amongst the trees. There are two restrooms and shower houses, both of which park staff keep nice and clean. The campground is an easy walk to and from the beach.

The values of camping are many. Few activities offer a greater venue for communing with nature. Camping allows us to slow down and experience simplicity as our ancestors did only a couple of hundred years ago: sleeping in primitive shelters, heating and cooking with fire, watching the stars slide across the night sky and listening to the melodious sounds of animals and insects. Camping is meant to be easy. It is meant to eliminate stress. So don't make it stressful. Select the right equipment, no more or less than you need, and relax.

Inside the park, there is a section of beach dedicated to swimming. There are lifeguards from Memorial through Labor Day. The all sand beach is beautiful and stretches as far as you can see. The section outside the designated swimming area is open to explore.

Indiana's sliver of Lake Michigan may be small, but it's mighty. Being the southern tip of the lake, Indiana's water is usually the warmest. At this time of the year, warm water has less to do with fishing than it has to do with swimming, but the two can go hand in hand. Don't forget to pack a fishing rod.

See you down the trail…

The Indiana Dunes are a special place and a great camping destination.



Winona City News


MSHP Troop G Arrest Reports

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 70. Southwest wind 3 to 6 mph.


A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. Southwest wind 3 to 8 mph.

Wednesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68.


A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 85.

Thursday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66.


A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67.


A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 89.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 69.


Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 92.


Area Church News


Jack's Fork Country Church

Black Pond

Birch Tree Assembly of God

Church Faith Tabernacle

Moment In The Word

Area Church News

Eminence First Baptist Church
Website: www.fbceminence.org

It was great to have everything back to normal! We purchased a new copy machine so we had bulletins today. Pastor Paul was back from his son's wedding and after gaining a new daughter-in-law, he and Laura looked great. In these super hot temps we are all running our air conditioners constantly. I hope everyone survives the heat and that their air conditioners do their part correctly.

Special music this morning was provided by Rachel and Elizabeth McGregor. One played the violin and the other played her harp. They are so very talented and the way they did the song was beautiful. "All is well with my soul" has never been played any more beautifully. Talking about a pretty song I had the privilege to sit in front of Patty Huffman this morning and "boy" can that sweet soul sing! Thanks Aunt Patty!!!!

Happy Anniversary to Jerry and Vinita Chilton! 46 years together aren't they great examples of truly living by their wedding vows. Young people today seem to think that divorce is the only answer to their problems. I say communication, compromise and caring are excellent characteristics of a good marriage.

Activities ahead include, Wednesday night TeamKID 6-7:50; Warriors for Christ 6-8 pm, Business meeting 6:30; VBS, June 19th VBS Teachers and Staff Meeting 6-7pm; Summer Youth Camp June 25th - 29th, deadline to sign up is next Sunday; July 9-13th Children's camp Registration forms are in the lobby, July 15th Grand Slam Sundae-Kick off and registration 6-7 pm; July 16-19th VBS 6-9 pm ; July 20th World Series Family Carnival New Ballpark 6-8; July 21st Back to school fair at the new gym 9-noon; July 29th- 5th Sunday sing at Jacks Fork Church 6-8pm. This week's prayer list Larson family, the family of Robbie Crites, Jim Wilson, Bob Nash, Jonabeth Crider, Kaye Spurgin, Dick and Charlotte Kay, Wesley Gooding, Andy and Tammy McCoy, Vinnie and Lisa Fasso, Sam Rayfield, Youth Camp, Children's camp, VBS, Andy Buford, Alan Stringer, Jeff Brown, the Lost without Christ, Our Youth, Our Community, Our Leaders, Gerrie Rader with her Mom in the hospital, and Mark McGregor.

God knows you. Even if you don't know Him. He knows everything about you. He knows how you were made, why you were made, and why you do the things you do. He created you and fashioned you in His extravagant love for His external purposes. Thanks to God, that Father's love is not an earthly love, it is Divine in nature and not based upon our own personal goodness, but rather on His goodness and mercy. Yes, your father knows you and He loves you with all His heart. If you do not have God I your life and you are searching for fulfillment come worship with us on Sunday morning for Sunday school at 9:45 and stay for worship service at 10:45. God loves you and everything about you.

Eminence  Methodist 

We meet for worship every Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. at the "pretty little church with the blue cross on top" located just west of highways 106 and 19 intersection in Eminence and warmly welcome your presence.

Key Verse this morning was Genesis 6:9-22: "Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him." In an 8-week series on faith, we heard sermon "It's Not Really Faith Until You Do Something About It" from Pastor David. He stresses believing what God says and acting on it. Noah (faith requires a person), Did (faith requires action), Everything Exactly (faith doesn't look for loopholes or try to improve on God's idea), As God had commanded him (faith listens to God). Faith must be grown and strengthened, and we are commanded to exercise it, no exceptions. What do we individually struggle with? Some examples of those acting on their faith in God were given: Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mary, mother of Jesus, and William Wilberforce, English politician who abolished his country's slave trade. What are you called to do? God still speaks today. Learn to recognize his voice, that ‘still, small voice." Our final hymn again reinforced this: "Trust and Obey." First Reader of scripture was Terri Pitz, who read from 1 Samuel 15:22-23 and Second Reader was Ashlin Brewer, who read from Genesis 6:9-22. Crystal Chilton did candlelighting.

Community Bingo Night last Friday was declared a success, with thanks to all the businesses for prizes and special thanks to Dick and Rhonda Hunt for being such excellent hosts. We honored the high school graduation of our Terri Pitz today, and our prayers and high hopes go with her as she attends Mississippi State in the fall. Today was Father's Day and comments about our fathers were invited. John Newman said his dad, "James A. Newman was the greatest!" and Rhonda told of her father who was a servant of the church and a patriot, starting a monument to veterans in Lebanon, MO, that continues. She also said what a good dad her husband, Dick, is. Note: we'll enjoy a potluck after church next Sunday in honor of our Gloria Fry's 90th birthday. Judy Cook's joy this week is her upcoming family reunion this week at Echo Bluff, with many excited folks gathering from mainly Texas and several other states. What a valuable and fun tradition.

Prepare for next week by reading and thinking about Daniel 9:1-25.



Eminence Assembly of God


Mt. View Baptist


Faith Tabernacle Bibleway Assembly

Area Church News



West Eminence Christian Church

What a joyous time we enjoyed as we gathered to celebrate Fathers Day at WECC. We sang songs that celebrate our great Father in Heaven and his love and faithfulness to us. Bob Heller led our communion devotion with thoughts about why God does the things He does. Why did he create chiggers? We don't know and sometimes wish he hadn't. But we do know that He is greater and wiser than us. And his great love for us is shown in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Praises include that Liam Martin had a great report from medical tests and the Intermediate Camp at WECC was excellent, with a number of decisions to follow Christ and be obedient in baptism. Prayer needs include the family of Dick Gilman's brother in law, Russell, Lyndall Gant family, Robbie Crites family, Morgan Adams, Godfrey Bates, unrest in Nicaraugua, Mary Ann Kalamaris' mother, Vacation Bible School, camps at Discovery Ministries and Rock Garden.

Thanks to the Christ in Action Youth who shared entertaining and touching thoughts about fatherhood.

Bro Allen's message celebrated fathers who protect their children, prepare their children for the life ahead of them and introduces their children to the Lord.

We encourage kids to attend camp this summer and the church helps all attenders with soime level of scholarship. We want to invite all kids from age 3 to teens to join us for VBS on June 28-30. Shipwrecked--Rescued by Jesus is our theme. Call Mindy (417 293-7479) or Glenda (573 351-8361) for more information.


Fellowship Tabernacle, West Eminence

Women of Faith

Women of Faith

Wow! It seems like it's been forever since I got to go to our meeting. What a blessing it was to get to fellowship with our women of faith group. Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. Psalm 41:1.

Ladies, next month, July 11, we are going to have our yearly picnic at Joyce and Hazel's house. Everyone bring a covered dish. 6:00 p.m.

Tonight we had a good turnout. We missed the ones that weren't here. Please keep the Patsy Martin family in prayer, and pray for one another. Joyce shared a devotion, learn to live from a place of resting in me. Isaiah 9: 6. Gail shared stay calmly conscious of me today, no matter what, remember that I go before you as well as with you into the day. Suzanne read; For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Phillipians 2: 13. Stella read the Lord is my strength and my song, he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him. Exodus 15: 2.

Hope to see you all at our next meeting. We meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month at Joyce and Hazel's house at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come. Have a spirit filled week. God bless.

Jennive Shemwell and the Women of Faith Group

Winona Assembly of God

Winona Baptist 

Let your heart not be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27. If God be with us, who can be against us? Rom. 8:31. We know that all things work together for good to them that love God. Rom. 8:28. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Ps. 46:1

Bro Nick's message today: I Cor. 5: 1-13, Moral Standards. When we do something wrong, God doesn't want us brought to death. God wants restoration. Even a little sin has a corrupting and polluting influence in the life of the saved or the lost. We have all sinned and come short of the glory of God, but we've never done anything so big or so bad that God can't forgive us. Ask and ye shall receive. God loves us, he sent his son to die on the cross so that our sin would be forgiven, if only we believe. We can be saved.

Work to teach one another, encourage one another, even chastise one another, love one another, help one another. Let the people of the world be judged by God, not by man. Reach out to the unsaved, share the word of God. God knows how to reach the unsaved, those who are going to turn their life over to Him, when all too often it is not revealed to us because they don't have the spirit in their heart yet. But God already knows the ones that will receive him. In his perfect timing.

God gives us a choice in life and how we live it. We want to think all good people will go to heaven, only God knows who will. Who are we to judge anyway? We can pray they ask God into their lives, but we will never truly know, and you can't preach a person into heaven. That's a choice they have to make before they take their last breath here on this earth.

Please pray for one another, and for our community, our police officers, and the unsaved. Please never underestimate the power of prayer. It's powerful.

Happy birthday Ben Sutton, June 18, Charles Stephens, June 22, Charlie (Patty's grandson) June 22. Wish you all many more. Sunday school 10 a.m. Worship service 11 a.m. Have a blessed week. God bless.

Ladies Fill My Cup Fellowship

Winona Christian Church



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