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Amanda's Column

Where to Start First

At last the day came when we could pack up and return home from IL. It was a struggle cramming all of our clothing, groceries, kids, tools, all the plantlings for the garden, a ton of bamboo roots and shoots some friends gave us, seventy strawberry plants, one iris my uncle Jeff gave me, twelve grain sacks full of pine needles I gathered for my berry bushes, two cats, one dog, and all the extra baggage that comes along with a growing family, into our two SUVs.

' It was late when we were ready to head out so we overnighted in St. Louis with my uncle. It took us awhile to get going the next morning, but we eventually got on our way. It wasn't until we got to Ellington that we started to realize the magnitude of the recent flood. We'd stopped by the grocery store to get some meats but found it closed and apparently being gutted along with the Dollar General. I was later told that the water had reached the upper sign of the Town and Country. From there, part of Hwy 106 had been washed away between Ellington and our turn off. I was beginning to wonder how much of a challenge it was going to be to get to our spread once we came to our valley.

The county road itself was in pretty good condition, but we had been advised to take a different route that would bypass most of the road that ran along Little Blair. We took the road down Baptist Hill and made it to the creek crossing near where my family once lived. There we parked.

Doug decided to walk the rest of the way to our place to inspect the condition of the remaining stretch of our drive including the two creek crossings, and I went in the opposite direction to examine the hill route with the kids. That way was impassable and Doug found that the other route was obscured with downed trees and gravel "dunes". So it was decided to take the upper road across the creek and through the pine forest to our field. Once we managed to open up the two gates that hadn't been opened for quite some time we drove through and at last arrived HOME. That last half mile took us well over an hour.

Other than fence damage along the field caused by high waters and our horse being loose, we suffered no property loss to the flood. But I do believe half our drive is now in some other state and we now own someone else's road. The high waters reached to the lowest edge of our garden and that's as far as it got. We were grateful and relieved.

Once we got our personal selves unloaded and in the cabin, ate our dinner and settled in for the evening, the overwhelming setbacks of being away for a month during the spring set in. The weeds did not suffer our absence and were doing quite well. My already planted strawberry and black berry plants were being choked out by them. All the plants I had with me were also dying from not being in the ground. On top of that, I'd ordered a whole passel of blueberry, cherry and raspberry bushes which were now waiting for me in town and in need of my attention. It was hard to know where to start first, but with prayer for wisdom to make the right decisions in the right order we plunged in the very next day.

After breakfast I rushed into town to pick up my bushes, empty our overflowing P.O. Box and restock our booth at the Emporium and then I hurried back home to pot those bushes that were nothing but tiny twigs with eager little buds. I couldn't get the weed eater to start so I braved the garden jungle weeding several beds with my bare hands and getting some tomato plants and herb starts in.

The following day Doug managed to revive the weed whacker and I attacked those wretched devils with great enthusiasm until the whacker took the notion to take a break for a bit. Not wanting to waste time on the silly thing, I went back to hand pulling more weeds in the garden and getting a few more plants in the ground.

On Wed. everything ran when demanded. Doug took over with the weed executions and I was able to till up most all the beds and plant just about the entire garden aside from the strawberry plants which I'll have to make raised beds for.

Today I about got the immediately surrounding area completely mown until the head of my Stihl exploded into pieces and sent some important parts flying! The dang thing doesn't work well without the one last piece we've not found yet, so for the moment the weeds have the upper hand.' I'll worry about that later!

All that's left is to get the bamboo and the berry bushes in the ground, but I may have to take a day and attempt to find my cabin. The interior seems to be buried in piles of dirty dishes, unfolded clean laundry and boxes that I've not yet unpacked from our stay in IL. Lord willing it will rain soon so I'll be forced to turn my attention to more domestic chores before I start losing family members amongst the shambled state of the cabin.

Shannon County Minutes

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

Members Present: Jeff Cowen, Presiding Commissioner

Dale Counts, Northern Commissioner

Shelly McAfee, County Clerk

Absent: Herman Kelly, Southern Commissioner

Visitors: Fannie Kaveny, Mary Ficker, Mindy Ipock and Gerri Rader

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

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

Mary Ficker, Shannon County EMD, Fannie Kaveny and Mindy Ipock were present to discuss the possibility of requesting a Long Term Recovery Committee through FEMA. If approved, the committee could possibly receive a significant amount of funding for necessary improvements and planning for disaster related issues in our county. The group also discussed documentation required by FEMA to obtain public assistance for our citizens with recent flood damage.

Gerri Rader requested information and guidance on a road issue concerning an easement access to her property. Commission consulted with Assessor's office for additional information.

Dale motions to approve the minutes of May 1, 2017. Jeff seconds the motion. Motion carries with all in favor. (D-Y, J-Y)

Being no further business, Dale motions to adjourn the meeting at 12:15 p.m. Jeff seconds the motion. Motion carries with all in favor. (D-Y, J-Y)

The next meeting will be held Monday, May 15th at 9:00 a.m., county courtroom, first floor of the courthouse.

School News and Sports

MEMBERS: Carl Younger, President

Brian Wallace, Vice-President

Carolyn Dyer, Secretary/Treasurer (6:28 p.m.)

Ryan Liggett

Mark Slaton (absent)

Charles Reese

Jim Keeling

PRINCIPALS: Rob Harlow - Elementary (absent) Pete McBride - High School


The Eminence R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the conference room with five members present


Minutes recorded by Charles James


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

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


a. JR High Retention Policies

b. MSBA Attorney Presentation


a. Milk and Bread Bids: Carolyn made a motion to accept bid from Springfield Grocers for the 2017/2018 Schoolyear, Jim seconded. Passed 6-0

b. Amend Security Bank Account: Carolyn made a motion to amend the Security Bank Account as follows: remove Chris Mahan as an authorized signer of Eminence R-1, remove Kathy Caylor as an authorized signer of Eminence R-1, remove Kathy Caylor as an authorized representative of Eminence R-1 and add Brian Wallace as an authorized signer of Eminence R-1 for Security Bank Accounts, 131177301 and 131176002, Charles seconded. Passed 6-0

BUILDING REPORTS: Elementary: Update provided by Charles James. High School: Update provided by Pete McBride. Central Office: Update provided by Charles James

CLOSED SESSION: Motion by Charles to go into closed session for the purpose of discussing personnel and students; seconded by Carolyn. Passed 6-0, (Carl-yes, Brian–yes, Carolyn-yes, Jim-yes,

Charles-yes, Ryan-yes,) (8:03 p.m.)

OPEN SESSION: Motion by Jim to resume through regular board action; second by Carolyn, Passed 6-0.

(Carl-yes, Brian-yes, Carolyn-yes, Jim-yes, Charles-yes, Ryan-yes) (9:26 p.m.)

ADJOURN: Motion by Carolyn to adjourn; seconded by Jim. Passed 6-0 (9:28 p.m.)

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Shannon County Health Department Calendar

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

May 29: OFFICE CLOSED (Memorial Day)

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

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


Akers Reunion at Akers Ferry: A Weekend of Fun!

Shannon County Museum Partners with National Park Service

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


Saturday, May 20th

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

6:00 PM Recognition of Canoe Race Participants

Contact dave_tobey@nps.gov

Sunday, May 21st

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

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

1:00 PM - Akers Cemetery Meeting

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

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

Pleasant Site Cemetery Association Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Pleasant Site Cemetery Association will be held Sunday, May 28, 2017, at 1 PM at Pleasant Site Cemetery. Please join us for this brief meeting regarding cemetery business.

You may send donations, as well as inquiries or comments, to Board Secretary, Casey Voyles, at 14870 Old Hwy. 60, Winona, MO 65588 or reach him by telephone at (417) 247-8505. Casey will be available at the cemetery to accept donations from 10 AM-3 PM on May 28 and 29, weather permitting.

West Plains Parks & Recreation

Winona Park Board News

Forest trails safety reminder

ROLLA, Mo. (May 20, 2017) – As you get your hiking, bicycling, or ATV riding gear out of the garage and prepare to get out on the trail in the next few weeks, there are a few extra steps you can take to make your experience a safe one on Mark Twain National Forest trails.

Take it slow the first time out. Recent storms and floods have taken a toll on many of the Mark Twain National Forest's trails. A Type 2 National Incident Management Team (IMT), along with Mark Forest employees, have worked for over two weeks assessing and repairing damage so that trails could re-open for your use. Trails have been rutted and washed out and trees have fallen across trails in many places.

Even after a trail is open for use, its condition may be a little different than before the storms. This is especially important for ATV riders to consider as they hit the trail for the first time since the storm. Take it slow the first time out this year, even if it is a trail you are familiar with. The potential exists for new trees to drop across trails; new washouts can occur after every rain; and repair work may have changed the characteristics of a given trail a bit. Please be cautious while hiking or riding.

Check for closures. Although Sutton Bluff on the Salem Ranger District and Chadwick on the Ava Ranger District have areas that are open and ready to ride, there are also sections of those recreation areas that are closed off for safety. Forest crews may still be working to re-open trails, so please be alert to – and respect – any closure signs. These are there for their safety and yours. All closures are posted on our website at www.fs.usda.gov/mtnf. Hikers, bikers, and horseback riders will benefit from checking the closure list before hitting forest trails. Call the local Ranger District, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, if you need more information about status and conditions.

Be weather aware: Bad weather can create many safety hazards on forest trails. Please check the weather forecast often before going out on the trail. Be prepared with the proper rain gear if there is even a chance of rain. Rain can loosen already-weakened tree roots, causing more trees to fall on trails, and high winds also have the potential of knocking down more trees or large limbs, so stay alert and inspect the canopy as you move down the trail —especially in areas where you take breaks or set up your camp.

Get a map: The Forest Service Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM), found online at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/mtnf/map/mvum, shows all the roads and trails that are open to motor vehicles on Mark Twain National Forest. MVUM maps are also available for free at district offices. Forest topographic maps can also be purchased by visiting or calling one of our offices. ATV riding regulations can be found online at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/mtnf/atv.

 Keep learning: These are just a few tips. It is always good to team up with more experience hikers and riders to improve your skills. There are also ATV safety courses offered by the state that can help build your trail safety skills at https://www.offroad-ed.com/missouri/ . This is not an exhaustive list, but it is our hope that it gets you thinking about trail safety on Mark Twain National Forest post-flood.

The flood response on the Forest is now being managed by a local, Forest Type 3 (IMT) which continues to perform flood recovery work across the Forest. The IMT is now focused on performing safety inspections and repair work on roads and trails, and re-opening the few recreation sites still closed.

IMT Incident Commander Chris Woods stated, "Please be extra cautious on trails as we open them up. We want to make sure that our trail users have a good experience and get home safely at the end of the day."

For further information on the flood response on Mark Twain National Forest, contact Cody Norris, Public Affairs Officer, at 573-341-7405.

Letters to the Editor!

Dear Editor,

I find it strange that some of the same high ranking Democrats who clamored for the FBI Director to be fired in 2016, when he reopened the Clinton e-mail fiasco, are now up in arms because President Trump fired him.

It seems rather hypocritical to me.

Thank You,

Kenneth Haverstick,

Shannon County

Dear Editor,

I just reread the April 19, "The Other Side" by Chuck Banks which Robert Cowan of Kirksville, (May 3) was so fond of. It seems the far left want absolutely nothing to do with Jesus or Christians except to play the "Jesus card" when they have just had their rear-ends handed to them in elections all over the country much the same way they play the "race card", "sexist card", xenophobe card", bigot card" and on and on when they can't argue with facts.

I guess Mr. Banks was not at Sunday School the day when the lessons about Christ's disdain for tax collectors and the Roman government were taught. Never once in the scriptures did Jesus ever advocate that the government through taxation, no matter which government, was a charity responsible for any social programs. He did say many times that Christians, through the Church and Christian charity, were indeed responsible for their fellow man, not wealth redistribution by giving what you have to the government to wastefully dole out as they see fit.

And making the moral equivalencies of healing the sick and Roe v. Wade (abortion) and same-sex marriage (carnal love) to Christ's quote that "without love (Jesus was referring to Christian love) you have nothing"? That is absolutely absurd! What a twisted view of Christianity Mr. Banks received at his Sunday School!

Also, if Mr. Cowan and Mr. Banks like the 90% tax idea so well and the idea that the government is a giant charity, let them be the first to write checks to the Feds to cover their own 90% contributions and show those rascally conservatives how evil it is to make a profit and share it with whomever you please while still paying a reasonable tax rate.

I think Mr. Banks may have confused attending Young Socialist League meetings with attending Sunday School.


Dave Jinkerson

Wildwood, MO

Birch Tree


The County Line Church in Birch Tree will have VBS Monday through Thursday, June 5th-8th.


Keep potential flood-effects in mind and brush up on

river safety before floating or paddling

ROLLA, Mo. (May 19, 2017) –

Before venturing onto the rivers and streams this summer, please take a moment to brush up on your river safety knowledge and skills. The recent historic flooding caused rivers and streams in Missouri to rise to record levels, damaging and destroying roads, bridges, trails and structures. Most of the 1.5-million-acre Mark Twain National Forest lies in southern and south-central Missouri where the greatest amounts of rain were recorded. The amount and intensity of the rainfall event resulted in extensive damage to many National Forest recreation sites, facilities, roads, dams and trails, especially areas located near rivers and streams. Although recovery work is leading to many recreation sites re-opening, the rivers may still have new hazards like strainers and under-water debris that weren't there just a few weeks ago.

The flood left new log jams and other obstacles in the waterways. The Forest Service and cooperators are working to clear out some of these obstructions, but there are more out there. Chris Woods, Mark Twain National Forest's Potosi-Fredericktown Recreation Officer and current incident commander, wants to share safety advice that he has gained over many years of being on and near the water. He stated, "We can't say enough about floater safety on our National Forest's rivers and streams; knowledge is extremely important; and we encourage you to familiarize yourself with these river safety tips before venturing out." Here are a few tips he would like to share:

- 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 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.

- High Water Guidelines. 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.

- Floating 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.

- 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.

- 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.

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Jack's Fork Country Church

"Trust God with your life!' After all, he gave it to you."

Dave Anderson greeted us and our guests, and led us in prayer and the pledge. The promise was from Matthew 6:21 and Scripture from Romans 6:1-13. We praised our Lord with hymns, "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name", "Rock of Ages and "Give Thanks".

Praise: Janet Boyd's sister is doing better!

Our prayer list: Howell Burkhead, Nikki Watson, Randy and Ryan Liggett, Baby Uriah, Jerry Evans, Betty's sister, Gwen Counts, Joe Akers, Danny Ray and Kate, Terri's parents, son and co-worker, Mike's parents and the Svaleson's friend, Paul, Paris' grandmother and father, flood victims and volunteers, Dick and Helen Jones, our military and families and our country and leaders. Mike S. led us in prayer and the Lord's Prayer.'

Judy Wenzel, accompanied by Dave Anderson, sang "One Day at a Time".

Mike and Connie adjourned to Children's Church.

Brother Tommy Boyd gave our message today. He remembered Bruce Cox and said that he had the time of his life here on earth, and is now smiling in Heaven! Bruce enjoyed his family and friends here on earth, and we miss him.

Hebrews 4:14, told us that our High Priest is in heaven and all believers will also pass into heaven! Deuteronomy 31:6 says to fear not, as God will go with you. He will not fail or forsake you! Elijah prayed for God to open the spiritual eyes of his servant, who saw the Syrian army bearing down on Elijah's house! Then, the servant saw God's angels surrounding the army! In heaven, we will also live in this spiritual realm!'

Being a Christian does not protect you from harm's way, but God promises to be with His believers through their troubles.' We need others in our lives – people to pray with us and to give us comforting hugs! Psalms 91:15. Nothing will separate you from the love of God! Joshua 1:9. "Have not I commanded you? Be strong and of good courage. Do not be afraid!"'

Everyone was invited to stay for our monthly luncheon after church.

Closing songs were "Wonderful Words of Life" and "Old Country Church". We closed with prayer.

Eminence  Methodist

Black Pond



Birch Tree Assembly of God

It was a great day to be in God's house. "Why is being in church important," you ask? It is God Himself who calls together His church. His church is the body of believers who have been called out from the world by Him. They are His body of people, who have been sanctified or set apart by Him to form the church of the living God. God dwells within the very presence of believers when they gather together in His name. (1 Corinthians 3:16-17.) this gathering of God's people meets together for two purposes, Worship and Mission. God is the object of our worship and the lost, the hungry, the thirsty, the poor, etc. are the object of our mission. Therefore, the local church, God's church gathers together to worship and to carry out the mission of God Himself. Come join us as we seek to fulfill God's plan for both our lives and yours.

Our Morning Worship Service is at 8 AM, followed by Sunday School at 9 AM. Our Church Family is a warm and friendly group. We would love to have you join us!

We are located on Jayson Street which is across from the flooring mill and right across the street from the old shoe factory. Our building is white concrete with our sign in the yard. If you have any questions please call Pastor Darrell at 636-524-9366 or Patty at 636-524-9160. Hope to see you soon!

Moment In The Word

By: Edwin Woolsey

Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

Although most people do not realize, the appearance of John the Baptist was a turning point in time.

According to the prophecy of Malachi 4:1, God's fiery judgment is coming, "For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble:

and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch." However, before that final destruction, God made a way of escape by sending the prophet Elijah back to prepare humanity for Christ's first arrival, "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth

with a curse." Malachi 4:5-6

By Jesus' testimony, John the Baptist was Elijah, returned to prepare the way of salvation, "For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. 14 And if ye will receive it, this is Elijah, who was to come. 15 He that has ears to hear, let him hear." Matthew 11:13-15 Christ's concluding statement is unique, "If you have ears capable of hearing, then you really need to listen!"

But why?

Understanding that Malachi's prophecy of Elijah's return was finished by John the Baptist's ministry of repentance and baptism, then nothing now remains to forestall God's final wrath! Judgment is on the way! Knowing this, we return to our opening text, "And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force." Matthew 11:12 So, what

did Jesus teach about the believers' violent effect on the Kingdom of God?

Well, the Greek word is "biazo," which means to "apply force" as an army might "storm" a fortification. We have a better clarification in Luke 16:16, when Jesus restated the idea, "The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it." But today are we actually pressing or forcing our way into God's Kingdom?

In Europe, only 3% of Danes attend church regularly, 5% of Swedes, 5% of Fins, less than 10% of the French and Germans. In Belgium, Holland, Luxemburg, and the United Kingdom, only 10-15% of professing

Christians bother to attend Church on a regular basis. So, you be the judge. Does that sound like Christians applying force, storming, or pressing their way in to God's Kingdom? Hardly!

What about America? Most churches in the United States now only have services on Sunday morning, and among these, many are permanently locking their doors each and every week. No, "going out of

business" for God is definitely NOT what Jesus had in mind when He admonished His followers to "press in." Rather, the modern secular mentality of the apostate church is best expressed, "And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry." Luke 12:19 To which God responds, "Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? 21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and

is not Rich Toward God!" Luke 12:20-21

As materialism eats away at our spiritual devotion like a cancer, we are no longer "rich toward God." We have fallen prey to the very snare Jesus forewarned his Church about, "Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold." Matthew 24:12

And here we are on the jagged edge of time, precariously perched on the precipice of final judgment, ignoring God's declaration, "For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?" 1 Peter 4:17

Rather than dropping off or shutting down, the Church of Jesus Christ needs to be firing up, "This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is almost gone, and the day of salvation will soon be here!" Romans 13:11-12 NLT Along with judgment!

Area Church News



Eminence First Baptist Church
Website: www.fbceminence.org

One of our songs today was Amazing Grace and WOW just how amazing has His Grace been for all of us? It is amazing that no life was lost in the flood! It is amazing that our little town survived! Several people lost their homes but it is so amazing how everyone pulled together to support each other!' God's Grace is surely amazing and if you have never experienced his Grace then you need to get right with God.

Today's birthday girls are Sierra Rose and Kylie Williams (I apologize if I spelled it wrong). Happy Birthday to these two beautiful young ladies! I happened to know, even though he wasn't with us today, Bruce Bressler celebrated a birthday today. Bruce, Corrie, and Sarah were all singing at the Baptist church in Summersville, so Happy Birthday Bruce. I missed you!

Today's breakfast was brought to us by Carolyn Carr but next week Marie Johnson will bring breakfast.

Hilltop Singers brought special music today. It was so uplifting to watch and they are so very synchronized.' A very talented group of folks of all ages and all stages in lives doing an excellent job in signing God's word. Drew Bressler will have special music next Sunday!

Activities for this week: Class 101, "Discovering Church Life", has been rescheduled for July 30th; Ladies Prayer Group will be Tuesday at 1 pm; Youth Group will meet Wednesday night at 6 pm with Prayer Meeting for the adults beginning at 6:30; WMU will also be at 6:30 Wednesday night; Saturday, the 27th, will be Ozark Food Harvest from 9-11 at the Assembly of God church; Youth camp in Van Buren June 26-30; Children's camp July 10-14th; VBS July 10-14th.'

Prayer list: April Denton, Linda Nichols (seeing a spine surgeon), flood victims, TF Cox (knee replacement), Bruce Cox family, Bill Stringer (hernia surgery), Max Rader is traveling, Gerri Rader, Tommy Robert's 'Mom, Jalynn and Scott Wiggins, Brian Mikel (brain surgery), Emma Bland, Vinita Chilton, Amy, Robbie and Nola Smith, Mike and Katie Bill and family as they move, our country, our community and our church.

Our sermon today was taken from John 20:24-29 about doubting Thomas. Thomas doubted the Lord's resurrection until the Lord appeared and showed Thomas the truth. He asked Thomas to touch His hands and sides and to feel the nail piercings and the wounds from the spear. Still Thomas had doubts!

How many of us have doubts about Christ's resurrection and His love for all of us sinners. He loved us enough to die for all our sins, that should be proof enough that He is Lord of all creation. Don't be a doubting Thomas, believe with all your heart and soul that Christ has risen from the dead and He will come back one day. Believe and Be Saved!'

Join us for church every Sunday at 9:30 for breakfast, 9:45 for Sunday School and 10:45 for worship service. Then again Sunday night and Wednesday night at 6:30. Don't be a doubting Thomas!

Eminence Assembly of God

Are you willing to go the distance with God? Genesis 12:1-4 tells the story of Abraham. On three separate occasions God called Abraham. He called him from his hometown of Ur in Genesis 11:31. Scripture says that they left Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan, and they came to Haran and dwelt there. God called Abraham to go to Canaan not Haran. Are you willing to only go part of the way with God? Are you holding back from being faithful to fulfill God's purpose for your life? Abraham stayed in Haran for five years. Partial obedience is not obedience. In Genesis 12:7, Abraham finally arrives at in promised land and immediately builds an altar. You will never complete your journey or fulfill God's purpose for your life is you fail to build and altar. In Genesis 12:8, when Abraham built his altar he built it facing Bethel. Bethel is the House of God. This passage tells us that the altar and God's house are vitally important to our Christian walk.

Please join us on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM as Sis. Judi Yardley teaches a sound biblical message that is relevant to today's world. Our midweek service consists of a mix of contemporary worship music and some traditional songs along with illustrated and interactive messages that bring the Bible to life. Come join us, we will save a seat for you! You will be glad you did!

Service times: Sunday School 10 AM, Worship at 11 AM and Sunday night 6 PM. Wednesday night service is at 7 PM with a meal following. Come join in the fellowship! We offer van transportation to and from each service, 226-3635.

Mt. View Baptist


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West Eminence Christian Church

What a beautiful day we enjoyed as we entered to worship, greeted by several of our youth.

Bob Heller was our worship leader and reminded us how beautiful is this time of year when we can see the gardens coming up, the bees hard at work, the wild animals with babies and the Lord is always blessing.''

We sang He Lives; I am Thine O Lord; He keeps Me Singing; and Let us Break Bread Together.

Our Communion Meditation included John 17:11 and 20.

We are blessed when many of our community unite to help many with the flood recovery. Jesus prayed for the unity of His disciples and those who would become Christians down through the years.

Prayer Needs include Maxine Fry, Kenny Bland, Brian Michael, Discovery Ministries staff training, Rock Garden Chruch Camp, Vacation Bible School and travellers.

Bro. Allen's message was "The Foundation of the Family". The family is God's designated method for children coming into the world and being raised to influence all of the world for Christ. The Covenant of Marriage was established by God for that purpose, that covenant functions under divine authority. It has rules and sanctions that, if broken, will result in consequences that we often see in our world today. But if the covenant is maintained, we experience great blessing.

Registrations are available for Rock Garden Camp. VBS work day will be this Saturday.


Fellowship Tabernacle, West Eminence

Women of Faith

Winona Assembly of God

Winona Baptist 


What a blessing it is to be in the house of the Lord. Today, all the mothers were honored. There should be a Hall of Fame for mothers. The first thing necessary to become an outstanding mother is a personal relationship with God.

Brother Nick's message was from Luke 1:30. This is our Christmas Story but this was one blessed mom. She endured more than most mothers on this earth. Mary, Jesus' mother, was a person of spiritual integrity. Mary was a person who enjoyed the presence of God. She had a proper relationship with her family. Mary supported her husband's leadership. She taught her children discipline in honor of God.

Proverbs 22:6-Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it. If your children don't honor and obey you, whom they can see, how will they learn to obey God, whom they cannot see?

Mary was faithful to her children. John 19:25-Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary, the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. Luke 1:38-Mary had a willingness to serve God.

Please keep Draven Pritchett, our nation, leaders and police officers in prayer, and pray for one another.

Happy Birthday Scottie Redman-May 21, Darrell Jones and Buck Grandstaff-May 27 and Happy Anniversary Mary Jo and Brodie Nicholson-May 16. Wish you all many more.

Sunday School-10 AM, Worship-11 AM. God bless.

Ladies Fill My Cup Fellowship



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