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Amanda's Column

Sumac Facts

It's NOT poisonous! Yes, I'm very much aware of the fact that there is a plant out there that's well known as poison sumac, but it's not even related to the edible kind. And it bears white berries instead of red like the variety you can eat and the two can't possibly be mistaken for each other.

Everyone and his brother, including his cousin twice removed knows there's a ghastly "sumac" somewhere out in the wilds that supposedly can cause the most undesirable discomfort, but has anyone ever seen it personally? Has anyone even seen the rash it allegedly can bring on if even looked at the wrong way? Can anyone identify the plant if ever encountered? Most know nothing of this phantom bush aside from being very familiar with only its name. Funny fact is… poison sumac is relatively rare compared to the other varieties and will generally only grow in very wet regions. The good sumac will cultivate practically anywhere but prefers roadsides, hedgerows and the edges of fields.

However the majority of this society will raise their eyebrows and half gasp when I show or tell them of the sumac jellies, pies and drinks I've made with it. "That's poisonous! You can't eat sumac!!!" And regardless the fact that I enlighten them on the subject and that me and my family have been eating it since early July, half these folks are close-minded and walk away apparently thinking I'm the biggest uneducated, dimwitted hillbilly in these parts.

The other half though are impressed and excited about the clarification between the two and are eager to give the plant a try themselves or sample what I have to offer. As far as I'm aware none of them have keeled over dead yet.

So here's some facts about this incredible foliage that nearly infests our countryside. Whereas poison "sumac" is related to poison ivy and poison oak; the edible sumacs like Staghorn and Smooth sumac belong to the cashew family. Be aware, it can cause an allergic reaction in those who are allergic to cashews. Don't eat it if you are one of these unfortunates.

In the Middle East, sumac is considered a super spice. Once the fruit is dried and ground it's used in dishes popular in that part of the world. Its lemony flavor improves the taste of various salads and dishes made of meat.

Studies are showing that sumac is a super anti-oxidant, and packed with vitamin C which can help ward off diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. They're also finding that sumac is an anti-inflammatory spice that helps fight various illnesses like colds and the Flu. It's been effective in regulating cholesterol levels and treating diabetes by reducing blood sugar as well. Sumac is an anti-microbial and anti-fungal spice which can help treat skin inflammation and disorders. It has also been shown to be effective in fighting bacteria like Salmonella and can be used to safely disinfect fruits and vegetables.

Sumac can increase breast milk production and ease menstrual cramps. It's a diuretic which means it helps remove toxins from the body through urine and has been used traditionally to treat urinary tract infections and digestive problems.

Native Americans used sumac fruit to make a tasty drink which later became known as Indian Lemonade or sumac-ade. They also smoked cigarettes made of dried leaves and berries of the sumac.

Not only is sumac worth consuming, it's been known to be useful for other things as well. The leaves can be used for a source of black ink. Pigment obtained from the wood has been valuable in the coloring of all sorts of items in the textile, toy and paper industries. Bark and leaves are rich in tannins that are used for tanning leather. The stems of sumac have a soft central pith that can be readily removed, making it ideal for manufacturing tobacco pipe stems.

I myself have only become aware of this shrub this year and really wish I'd known about it sooner. No doubt one of my ancestors was very familiar with this plant and its benefits, but the knowledge must have eventually died out as "modern" medicine became a trusted source for one's health. And now it seems there are more illnesses, diseases and disorders than ever these days. It's a shame we know so little about the benefits of all the countless plants the good Lord has given us because we either aren't aware of them or won't acknowledge them.

So now that you've been educated on sumac, don't be afraid to give it a try. Even though they're dried on the bush by now, you can still soak the red berries in warm water and mash it with a potato masher for a spell to make a drink out of it while you wait for next year's fresh bounties. Or, if you're not the adventurous type to try it on your own, feel free to run over to the Emporium in Eminence and give my sumac jelly a try. We'll also have a booth at Circle B during this year's craft show, and will have plenty to offer as well as elderberry and spiced pear jam.

I'd invite you all out for a sip of my sumac wine which, I'm betting the farm, has some fantastic health boosters in it, but I only have four quarts left and have gotten a bit hoardish with it. But by golly you know I'll have gallons of the stuff next year, Lord willing. So if you're passing through the regions of Blair's Creek this time next year, don't hesitate to drop in. I'll do my best to have the kids fully clothed and hopefully the cabin will be somewhat in order and presentable for visitors.

Shannon County Minutes

Jeff called the meeting to order Monday, September 24th, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

Members Present: Jeff Cowen, Presiding Commissioner

Dale Counts, Northern Commissioner

Shelly McAfee, County Clerk

Members Absent: Herman Kelly, Southern Commissioner

Visitors: LaVonne Blankenship and Cody Dalton

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)

LaVonne Blankenship, Christos House, was present to renew the proclamation declaring October as the Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Shannon County. (D-Y, J-Y)

Cody Dalton, SCOCOG, was present for the public hearing regarding the county submission of an application for the fiscal year 2018 Community Development Block Grant. The county is proposing to replace flood-prone road and bridge infrastructure on the county road system to improve safety, access and sustainability. No visitors were present. During the hearing Dale motioned to approve the resolution for application of CDBG funding, the fair housing resolution and the excessive for prohibition resolution. Jeff approves all motions. Motions carry with all in favor. (D-Y, J-Y)

Dale motions to approve the minutes of September 17, 2018. 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 12:00 p.m. Jeff seconds the motion. Motion carries with all in favor. (D-Y, J-Y)

The next meeting will be held Monday, October 1, 2018 at 9:00 a.m., county courtroom, first floor of the courthouse.


Letters to Rachel

Transcribed November 2003 by Verle Randolph.

The below is a series of letters and post cards written to Rachel Morton Koller by her younger sister Inez (Ina),her mother and other people starting in 1908. Ina signed the cards with her name on the front. The letters contain mundane family news as well as news of people and happenings in the area of Eminence, Mo. Some letters reference people I don't know. I will note people I know something about.

The letters are transcribed as written. There is little punctuation, even periods at the end of sentences. Some are quite faded and hard to read. Some of the script is hard to make out. The letters are written in pencil on 5"x8" lined paper that is now quite tan in color and brittle. The early letters have the look of a young girl's writing.

Rachel Morton was born in 1888 near Eminence. She married Francis (Frank) William Koller of near Summersville, Mo and moved to Eudy, Mo. Ina was a younger sister born in 1890. Another sister Grace married Jesse Strain and lived in Summersville, Mo in their later years.

Rachel saved the letters in a small box tied with an embroidered ribbon. Rachel died about 1937. My mother (Rachel's third daughter Delsie) found them about 1959 after Frank, Rachel's husband died. I found them in Rachel's big round top trunk after my mother died in 1992.

Ina Morton died 3 August 1911 at age 21 years and 7 months. She is buried in the Morton (now Culpepper) Cemetery. From Eminence, west on Hwy 106 3 miles. Turn right on county 309, gravel road. Go down hill into valley about .7 miles. Take left fork of road ®Ų mile. Cemetery is on the right, white sign Culpepper Cemetery.

Frank and Verle Randolph, Owasso, Ok

To: Mrs. Rachel Koller

Eudy, Mo

Eminence, Mo

May 11, 1908

Dear Sister,

I will try to write you a few lines to let you know we are all well, but Ada is awful bad sick. Her and George went to Birchtree two weeks ago last Sat. She got sick out there and had to stay a week they were at Ada's uncles they took the carpet rags out there for Mrs. Wofford to weave Ada a carpet. They came home a week ago yesterday and Ada hasn't been able to be up any. I staid there last week. There is something wrong with the inside of her stomach something like a tumor and the doctors here can't do her any good there has to be an operation performed and George is going to take her to St. Louis or Springfield they havn't decided which place they will go yet but they are going to start next Wednesday they are going to leave all the kids I guess I will stay up there and keep them. Ma is up there now and will stay until Wed. Ada don't want to go at all she said she was afraid it would kill her and I don't expect to see her alive again but that is the only show she has of living for the doctors said it would kill her if she didn't go and have an operation performed and it may kill her anyway. They sent a telegram for Sis and Elizabeth to come and were looking for them yesterday. I don't know whether they come or not will Pummill Bertha and Sydia and Etta and Mr Welch were at George's yesterday has your kids took the whooping cough yet? Have you decided what you are going to name the baby? I would give anything to go up there and Ma wants to bad too but the river is up all the time it hasn't been down so it could be crossed for about a month only a day or two at a time and it would rain again Elmer keeps Ribbon and Elora out there now We havn't been to Etta's since before I was up at your house. Ma never has been at Grace's Grover and I were out there once we took Grace and Jesse home when they come out. We went there and back the same day. How many little chickens have you got? How does your garden look? Our garden isn't very good we have got about 75 or 80 little chickens I went to the merry-go-round a week ago Sat night.

There was a pretty big crowd there. Have you got any corn planted? The boys haven't got any planted yet but George wanted to get a piece planted tomorrow so they could have Wednesday will I will have to close answer soon from Ina.

Continuation of the same letter:

Beckie Lynch and Lee Powell got married a week ago yesterday Daisy Freeman is going to get married at church next Sunday I don't know what his name is. I will write a few more lines before I mail this. Ma came from George's a little while ago and she said Ada was resting better now and she told Doctor Davis and he said as long as she could rest and eat for George not to take her to St Louis until after a while but she will have to be taken anyway before she can get well so they may not go Wednesday if she can rest. Grace came over on the mail hack this evening she is going out to George's Jesse did not come Well I will close answer soon. (Grace is another sister, married to Jesse Strain. I think George is a brother, George Morton. In their later years, Grace and Jesse lived behind (west side) of the Summersville Cemetery. Jesse Strain developed cancer in the 1960's and committed suicide rather than get treatment. I'm not sure when Grace died, possibly in the 1970's.) Etta is another sister. Grover Morton, a brother.




Eminence School Board

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

Shannon County Health Department Calendar




Monday, Oct. 15: FLU SHOTS, immunizations, blood draws, blood pressures, blood sugar screenings

Tuesday, Oct. 16: WIC (by appointment only), immunizations

Wednesday, Oct. 17: At Birch Tree Pioneer Baptist Church--WIC (by appt. only) & immunizations

Monday, Oct. 22: FLU SHOTS, Diabetes nutrition class with Robin Harwell (call our office for time), immunizations, blood draws, blood pressures, blood sugar screenings

Tuesday, Oct. 23: NO WIC this day; will be doing immunizations; blood pressures at Winona Senior Center at 11:30 am

Wednesday, Oct. 24: Leslie Cam Stop Smoking Clinic (by appointment only; call us for information)

Monday, Oct. 29: FLU SHOTS, immunizations, blood draws, blood pressures, blood sugar screenings

Tuesday, Oct. 30: WIC (by appointment only), immunizations

Wednesday, Oct. 31: WIC (by appointment only), immunizations


Baby Announcements

Jeffrey and Sarah Prewett of Winona are the parents of a baby girl, Sarah Janettie Nichole, born September 11 at 6:15 p.m. at OMC. She weighed 6 pounds 7 1/2 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long. Her siblings are Zackary, 4, Makayla, 3, Kayla, 2, and Joe, 1. Her grandparents are Sharon Ashmead, Gainesville, and Laverne Prewett, Winona.

Richard and Desiree Collins of Caulfield are the parents of a baby girl, Kabella Jayde, born September 15 at 6:10 a.m. at OMC. She weighed 7 pounds 11 ounces and was 20 inches long. Her sibling is Bentley, 5. Her grandparents are Dwayne and Renay Oliver, Bakersfield; Bob Collins, Caulfield; and Mary Collins, Summersville.

Randy and Kearah Burch of Summersville are the parents of a baby girl, Emery Rashea Grace, born September 20 at 3:06 p.m. at OMC. She weighed 7 pounds 2 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long. Her siblings are Corey, 17; Taylor, 13; Lucinda, 11; Sophia, 8; Sebastian, 7; Kamaile, 5. Her grandparents are Talona Lovette, Summersville, and Randy and Judy Burch, Success.

Martin Romberg and Tellita Dooley are the parents of a baby boy, Radley Martin, born September 21 at 3:22 p.m. at OMC. He weighed 5 pounds 13 ounces and was 18 1/2 inches long. His siblings are Mya, 4; Serena, 3; and Acelyn, 1. His grandparents are James Dooley and Teressa Halsted, both of Mountain View.

James Young and Tiffany Fisher of Mountain View are the parents of a baby girl, Brinley Abigail, born September 23 at 1:13 a.m. at OMC. She weighed 5 pounds 13 ounces and was 19 inches long. Her sibling is Kinley, 8. Her grandparents are Randy and Kim Day, and Roger and Marilyn Young, all of Mountain View.



Rescheduled: Batty about Bats at Echo Bluff State Park Oct. 13

Echo Bluff State Park invites the public to its second annual Batty about Bats event. It will take place at the park's amphitheater Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. Fly in for this free event designed to educate people about these fascinating and important flying mammals.

This is not your average park program. Participants will rotate through different stations including looking through an inferred camera, echolocation monitoring and a demonstration of how scientists safely capture bats with a mist net and work with the live specimens at a processing table.

Don't forget to wear good shoes for walking and bring a light. All events are free.

Echo Bluff State Park is located on Highway 19 approximately 25 miles south of Salem and approximately 14 miles north of Eminence. For more information about the event, call Connie at 573-751-1224 or email connie.weber@dnr.mo.gov.

For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.



Ozark Independent Living – Advocating for Disability Awareness

Ozark Independent Living (OIL) is celebrating October as Disability Awareness Month, joining with others in the community to recognize that having a disability doesn't define an individual; it's only one part of who a person is. At the national level, October is recognized as Disability Employment Awareness Month, with the purpose being to educate about disability employment issues and to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This year's theme is "America's Workforce: Empowering All."

"Ozark Independent Living is proud to celebrate Disability Awareness Month," said OIL Marketing Specialist Terry Hampton. "One of OIL's core services is to advocate for those with disabilities and for the independent living movement. Pursuant to that, we want to help spread the important message that the perspective of individuals with disabilities must be valued and respected. Inclusion in the community at all levels, including the workforce, is a big win for everyone."

Employers and employees in all industries can learn more about National Disability Employment Awareness Month and ways they can promote its messages by visiting www.dol.gov/ndeam. Businesses interested in learning more about the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities should call the Missouri Department of Vocational Rehabilitation West Plains office, 256-8294. This office serves seven counties in south-central Missouri. Preferred Family Healthcare, 257-1545, also provides employer and employee services.

As one of 22 Centers for Independent Living in the State of Missouri, OIL serves as a disability resource center for a seven-county region. For more information about OIL, visit the website ozarkcil.com, call 256-8714 or follow on Facebook.

(photo caption) – West Plains Mayor Jack Pahlmann signed a proclamation today announcing recognition by Ozark Independent Living (OIL) of October as Disability Awareness Month. Joining OIL staff at the signing are representatives of other local organizations and agencies who serve or are part of the Disability Community, including from Vocational Rehabilitation - West Plains; Preferred Family Healthcare - Employment Services; Howell County Next Step/Systems of Care; Ozark Action, Inc. and Newton's Agency. OIL Marketing Specialist Terry Hampton said, "We are happy to partner with these organizations and others to help advocate for more inclusion and accessibility. And we remind everyone that the independent living movement affects the entire community."


Eminence School Board


Eminence Library News

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


City Council Board Meeting

Stop Smoking Clinic Returns to Eminence

The Shannon County Health Center is pleased to announce that the Leslie-Cam Stop Smoking Center is returning to Eminence on Wednesday, October 24th to conduct auriculotherapy on residents who wish to stop smoking or chewing tobacco. And through the Health Center's Maternal and Child Health Program, financial assistance will be available to women of childbearing age (15-44) who would like to try the procedure.

The Leslie-Cam Stop Smoking Center boasts an 85% success rate with one treatment. For the average smoker, the treatment eliminates the extreme cravings and agonizing symptoms associated with withdrawal. Auriculotherapy is NOT acupuncture. It is a simple nerve stimulation of the outer ear that feels like a pinch or a heat sensation. It's non-invasive and even pregnant women can have the procedure done.

The cost of the treatment, which takes less than 30 minutes, is $130. If you feel the urge to smoke after you have been treated, you may return to their office an unlimited number of times at no charge providing you haven't reintroduced nicotine into your system. For those who have had the procedure already and have used nicotine again, the cost is $60.

For pregnant women who live in Shannon County and those of childbearing age (15-44), the Shannon County Health Center has an income-based sliding fee scale to assist with the cost of the treatment. Please call the office at 573-226-3914 to get signed up or ask for more information.

The average pack-a-day smoker will spend about $120 per month on cigarettes, or $1,440 per year. Not only will breaking the addiction put money back in your pocket, but it will improve your health. Statistics show that a smoker's chance of getting cancer is 15-25 times higher than that of a non-smoker.

You do not have to be a resident of Shannon County if you are a self-pay client. This is open to all nicotine users in the southern Missouri area. The decision to quit smoking is one that only you can make. The Leslie-Cam Stop Smoking Center has helped more than 80,000 people quit smoking and they can help you too!

To make an appointment for this clinic, call the Leslie-Cam Stop Smoking Center at 314-878-7867 and tell them you wish to make an appointment for the clinic being held at the Shannon County Health Center in Eminence on Wednesday, October 24th. For women who may qualify for financial assistance, please call the Shannon County Health Center at 573-226-3914.


Letters to the Editor!

Dear Editor,

Voting Yes for Proposition B on November 6 will reward folks making less than $12/hour. The measure will raise the minimum wage to $8.60 in 2019; $9.45 in 2020; $10.30 in 2021; $11.15 in 2022; and $12.00 in 2023. Lower income workers deserve the raise. The purchasing power of the current $7.85/hr minimum wage is less than it was in 1968. In Arkansas the minimum is $8.50/hour and Walmart didn't move their headquarters or shut down Supercenters.

And do you think minimum wage has anything to do with why big companies are raising prices? Companies raise prices because they can. As an example, in Sept. 2018 the small Missouri-based drug company Nostrum Laboratories raised the price of a bottle of their nitrofurantoin antibiotic from $474.75 to $2,392 because their CEO said the company had an obligation to make a bigger profit.

Raising the minimum wage will have a trickle up effect, low income workers will have more money to spend at local businesses. If Proposition B passes, in 2019 alone, a full time minimum wage worker will have $1500 more to spend. Minimum wage workers and families are struggling, so share this information about Prop B with anyone who would benefit. The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 10th. Register online at the Missouri secretary of state website. Google "how to register to vote in Missouri." No internet access? Go to the library. Vote Yes for Prop. B and show that a Missouri worker is valued, like in Arkansas.

Earl Fuller

Willow Springs

Dear Editor,

Re: Navy In Dire Straits

As a former Navy enlisted and Naval officer who served on 13 ships, including destroyers, radar pickets, aircraft carriers and auxiliary ships, I am concerned with the lack of readiness of the Fleet.

Former Secretary of the Navy, John Lehman, under President Reagan, surged U.S. Naval power into Soviet Union ocean domains, and this helped to end the Cold War. A similar situation currently exists with China in the South China Sea, but we have too few ships available to patrol the area.

The July 8, 2018 issue of USA Today -- The Arizona Republic points out the dire condition of the Pacific 7th Fleet ships. It stated "from 2015 to 2016 the pace of operations for 7th Fleet cruisers and destroyers increased 40 percent, from 116 days underway to 162 days." This is without any increase in ships and personnel, and it continues today.

Starting in 1990 our Navy went from 600 to 283 ships today, and the missions have significantly increased during this time. A minimum of 300 ships are needed to project U.S. Naval power around the world, complete missions, and conduct safe operations. Probably an additional 50,000 Naval personnel are needed.

Our Navy is in dire straits.

Donald Moskowitz

Londonderry, NH



Eminence Area Senior Citizens News

Wednesday- Oct. 10-Grilled chicken, OK's fried rice, mixed veggies, roasted brussels sprouts

Thursday-Oct. 11-Roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, roll, cake

Friday-Oct.12-Ham & beans, fried potatoes, brussels sprouts, cornbread, brownie

Monday- Oct. 15-Cheeseburger on bun, lettuce, tomatoes, baked beans, cookies

Tuesday- Oct. 16- Chicken Alfredo, peas, garden salad, spiral noodles, pie

Anyone can eat regardless of age. Lunch is served 11:30 until 12:30 week days, and your choice of drink, coffee, tea, milk or water.

Remember we will be exercising "Matter of Balance" with Ms. Cammie Younger every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.Come join the fun group and learn about 'fear of falling' and improvement in our balance.!

EHS Alumni News

by: Pearl Bunch Edgar

Driftwood Outdoors By Brandon Butler

Hunters Should Share the Harvest this Season

Share the Harvest allows deer hunters the opportunity to donate a deer or a portion of a deer to Missourians in need. Doing so provides healthy, nutritious meat to individuals or families that otherwise may do without. It's a program I am very proud to help administer, and one I am even more proud to participate in.

Each year, I try to find new ways to encourage hunters to participate by donating a whole deer or a portion of their deer to the program. Hunger is a real issue for too many Missourians. Food pantries across the state do their best to help those in need, but sometimes there just isn't enough supply to satisfy the demand. Especially in terms of meat. Grains, starches, cereals and other non-perishables are more readily available, but protein rich red meat is much harder to obtain. Share the Harvest is a major source of meat for the food pantries, but they could easily use twice as much as the program currently produces.

I host a podcast for the Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM). It's simply called Conservation Federation and is available on the CFM website (www.confedmo.org) and on iTunes. In the most recent episode (Episode 20), I discuss the Share the Harvest program in- depth with a number of key players in the management of the program. Darren Haverstick is the chairman of CFM Share the Harvest Committee, Travis McLain is a conservation agent and a protection programs specialist, Scott Baker is the state director of Feeding Missouri, and Tyler Schwartze is the CFM Events Manager. All of these fellas are involved running Share the Harvest. Collectively, we share an hour-long conversation covering important information on how to participate and discuss our personal feelings about all the good Share the Harvest does for our fellow citizens.

Scott Baker talks about a 7-year old boy who was rationing food, so he could make what little he had last over Christmas Break. I discuss an experience I had with a few waitresses in Sikeston when they asked me how they could get meat from the program, because they are laid off in the winter and times are tough. It was a moment I'll never forget, because this is when I realized hunger is not isolated to the homeless or most indigent people among us. Hardworking Missourians sometimes can't make ends meet. Single mothers working two jobs still need a little help. As a hunter, I am proud to support my community. I hope all hunters would feel the same way.

"To know I am representing hunters in a good way while helping my neighbors is a great feeling. The meat you donate is likely going to go back to somebody living just a few miles down the road from you," said Darren Haverstick.

Thousands of Missouri deer hunters donated more than 289,200 pounds of venison to the program last deer season ? including nearly 5,600 whole white-tailed deer. Since the program was started in 1992, Share the Harvest has provided nearly 4-million pounds of venison. That equates to millions and millions of meals served on plates of fellow Missourians. We can still do better. Much better.

I am asking you to lead an effort to increase donations this year. Be a leader amongst your friends at deer camp, your church or any other community you're part of. See if you can set a goal of deer donations and strive to reach it. Could the hunters in your church collectively donate 20 deer? I bet they could, and would, if you organized and managed the effort. If we could increase the number of deer donated annually to Share the Harvest from 5,000 to 10,000, then over 500,000 pounds of meat would be distributed in our state. This would equate to approximately 2-million meals on the plates of Missourians who may otherwise go without. That's powerful.

Hunters have traditionally been providers for their community. Through Share the Harvest, this continues. Hunters are able to share the bounty of wild game with those who might go hungry otherwise. It's an incredible opportunity to make a positive impact on society. I hope you will join me and donate to Share the Harvest this fall.

For much more information in Share the Harvest and great conversation about what the program means to both hunters and recipients of the meat, check out this episode of the podcast. To learn where you may donate a deer, visit https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/deer/deer-share-harvest

See you down the trail…

Pic: Darren Haverstick, chairman of CFM Share the Harvest Committee, with a doe he donated to the program.






Thomasville Treasures

by Melody Millard

Area Church News


Jack's Fork Country Church


Dave Anderson welcomed us and led us in the pledge and our opening prayer.

We praised our Lord with singing favorite old gospel songs!

Announcement: Sue Keeling's benefit Saturday reaped $23,000! Praise God!

We celebrated two birthdays: Emily Wallace, sweet 16! Julie Duncan, 29 again??

Nancy Ray led Childrens' Church, studying generosity.

Our long prayer list was read, including our country & leaders, our military & families. Mike Svaleson led us in prayer.

Allen Akers led our communion, reading from Matthew 26:26.

Tommy Boyd gave our sermon from Luke 6:38, the Principle of Giving, continued from last week, to stress the importance of obedience and giving to God!

When we make popcorn, we start with just a few kernels in the pan. Then, soon, it swells up and overflows over the top! Giving to God is like popcorn - blessings overflowing in our lives! J.C. Penney was a generous giver and obedient to God, and he watched his business keep growing! God rewarded him and gave blessings back to him! In Heaven, God will know exactly what we have given. You will be rewarded in kind for the money, time & talents you give in God's name!

In Malachi, we learn about giving to God. Tithe or be in disobedience! Give cheerfully!

Reasons for giving:

1. To provide for God's work

2. To prove God's faithfulness

3. To Provide for the needs of others.

4. To honor God. When generous to others, this honors Him. He wants us to love unconditionally, as He loves us!

However, His blessings are conditional! As read in Hagias, Chapter 1:5, disobedience brings consequences! Consider what you are giving. Is your money in a bag with holes? Are you planning ahead & managing your money properly? Take a good look at your life & reevaluate your spending & your giving to God! Plan for Heaven's rewards! Make giving a priority and be obedient, & ask God what He wants you to give! Prayer.

We ended with song & prayer, "The Old Rugged Cross".


Black Pond

Birch Tree Assembly of God

Church Faith Tabernacle

Moment In The Word


Moment in the Word

Edwin Woolsey

Matthew 19:30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

Jesus concluded Matthew 19 with a most unexpected statement prior to sharing an equally mysterious parable in chapter 20.

The story goes something like this. A farmer needed his crop harvested and went into the market at daybreak to find laborers. Contracting for the customary penny a day, the land owner sent the first crew into the field. (Matthew 20:1-2)

Later at 9:00 AM, the householder went to town to hire another group of workers. Contracting for the same wage, he put the men to work. (Matthew 20:3-4) The process was repeated with more workers at noon, then at 3:00 PM, and finally at 5:00 with only an hour of daylight left. However, the wage remained the same despite length of employment... a penny a day. (Matthew 20:5-7)

If the circumstance wasn't strange enough, the employer ordered his foreman to pay the last workers first, insuring that everyone noticed the same wage for all. Obviously, the action fostered grumbling among those who had worked the longest period of time. (Matthew 20:8-12)

Responding to the complaints, the employer asked, "Have I been unfair by giving you what we agreed? It's my money! I can use it however I please!" (Matthew 20:13-15)

Concluding the parable, Jesus again said, "So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen." Matthew 20:16

What a strange story! What could the lesson be?

The object of Jesus' parable teaches that salvation has absolutely nothing to do with human works. We all receive the same hope of Grace regardless of our performance since redemption was accomplished by Christ on the cross. By accepting Jesus' offering for the remission of sin through faith in Him alone, we are made right in God's sight aside from any of our works. If we could have worked our way to Heaven, then Christ died in vain… but we could not. Thus, Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost (Luke 19:10), so that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus! (Ephesians. 2:7)

If you plan to go to God simply through good works, I promise that you will arrive dead last! Only those who make themselves nothing by trusting in Christ's righteousness alone will stand at the front of the line before the Father's throne!

Area Church News

Eminence First Baptist Church
Website: www.fbceminence.org


Service Sunday was led by Richard Hunt and the message and music was provided by Carl Younger, nephew of the late Gordon Medley.

We have many to thank in our community. First, thank you to those who attended our first annual Edibeth Chilton-Ross Memorial Pig-in-the-Poke, to our members for the great food and donations of auction items, to Richard Hunt for his organizing and auctioning skills and a very special thank you to Kara Fogerty and Billy Faulkenbury for their very generous donation of items auctioned off. We also received special donations for Edibeth's Red Reader Program which is currently bringing books to 75 children in Eminence between the ages of 0-5. This is a part of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program and Whitney Randolph, Edibeth's granddaughter and 5th grade teacher, has organized it. She hopes it will continue to grow so all children in Shannon County will benefit from it. Another thank you goes to Chad and Todd Montgomery for their gift of the handicap ramp. One of our members uses two canes and he is especially appreciative of it.

Happy birthday to Windy and Ruth Smith's great-granddaughter, Evangeline, who turned one year old last week. We are asking for prayer for Selma Hamer and Judy Cook as well as those needing prayer in our local community and to our world community as well. A special joy this week was the attendance of beautiful baby Griffon Brewer.

Carl's message was "An unexpected Encounter" which is in the Book of Acts, detailing Saul's (Paul), account of the blinding light of God appearing before him on the road to Damascus. Saul hated Jesus, his followers, and had the power to prosecute and kill them. Saul was told to stop persecuting the followers of Jesus, and to follow Him. And all Christians know that Paul spent the rest of his life teaching about Jesus and spreading Christianity.

Carl gave several examples of friends who had unexpected encounters in their own lives. One in particular was Arnold Jennings who attended Carl's father's church. Arnold would always leave the building at some point in the service. Carl was playing piano one night at church, and watched Arnold get up to leave. This time, Arnold stopped and did not leave. He later explained that he could not leave as hard as he tried and knew, at age 76, he was to give his life to Jesus. This was an unexpected encounter. Carl witnessed others with similar encounters, where suddenly, their lives were given to Christ and they were able to bring others to Christ as well.

Saul changed, Arnold changed. Have you had an unexpected encounter in your life? How did it change you? Did you too become an ambassador for Christ? God never asks of us anything we are not capable of doing. Listen and watch for an encounter and learn what God wants from you. Revisit your unexpected encounter and continue to follow Jesus and to help others to follow Him too! Thank you, Carl, for your inspirational message.

Remember that God loves you!


Eminence Assembly of God


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Faith Tabernacle Bibleway Assembly

Update church number For a ride from Eminence and Winona call 573-604-0800


Area Church News



West Eminence Christian Church

We enjoyed a beautiful time of fellowship as we entered to worship. Jacob and Sam Titus and kids were our friendly greeters. Gary Colvin and worship team led us in scripture, prayer and song. Our mission of the month is the Christian Campus Fellowship at Rolla. We sang several songs reminding us of the joy of the Lord, the hope we have in Jesus and the blessing of fellowship and encourgagement from other believers.

Roger Smith led our communion devotion with scripture and thoughts about spiritual armor. The Lord's Supper is a reminder of the forgiveness that Jesus brought and the sttrength that we have to overcome sin as a result.

On our prayer list we included Betty Cannon, Bea Atchison, Shirley Conner, Tommy Roberts, Wilbur Martin, Liam Martin, Becky Cooper, Andy Buford, Operation Christmas Child, and the Mile City Christian Church in Dexter.

Bro. Allen's message was from the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. There are lessons to learn about what is beyond this life. Good things in this life may not translate to what is beyond this life. An uncaring, self-centered rich man found torment. A poor, ill, but faithful man found great comfort beyond. May our focus be on Jesus who makes even the trials of this life as nothing when compared with the joys of heaven.

Fellowship Tabernacle, West Eminence

Women of Faith

Women of Faith, Winona

Winona Assembly of God

Winona Baptist 

Sept. 30, 2018

What a wonderful day it was to be in the house of the Lord. We had a great cookout after church at Kathy and Don Jaster's home. Those who attended were Joyce, Hazel, Donna, Carol, Brittany, Joe, Nick, Gail, Korey, Suzanne, Steve, Polly & Jennive. Thank you Kathy and Don for inviting us to come. God bless you. Hope I didn't miss anyone.

We are going to be selling T-shirts for a fund raiser to help with repairs on our church. ("Women of Faith Shines with God's Love" Proverbs 31:28) If anyone would like to purchase one call Jennive (573) 604-0891 with size and color. $15 no matter what size. Childrens and adults. Thank you for your support.

Bro Steve Davis brought the message today and gave a wonderful testimony. Whatever you have be thankful, and joyful, trust, listen, obey, this is what God wants us to do. We need to celebrate the renewing of our faith. We're all here by God's grace and mercy. God's blessings are on those who believe. Mark 10:15, Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. Romans 12:12, Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Romans 15:13, The power of the Holy Spirit is the means by which unity will be accomplished as the Holy Spirit enables the strong and weak brothers to see the other's positions and to refuse to let their differences mar the unity that they have in Christ. This is true spiritual freedom and maturity. V. 13, Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. James 11:2-3, My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into diverse temptations. V. 3, Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. Psalm 100:4, Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praises; be thankful unto him and bless his name.

Please keep each other in prayers, and pray for our schools, nation, leaders, police officers, homeless and needy, and all that are in harms way.

Happy birthday Gail Smotherman, Oct. 7, Colten Brewer, Oct. 8, Happy anniversary Colleen & Jerry Hoagland, Oct. 10. Wish you all many more. Tell your family you love them, tomorrow may be too late. have a blssed week. Sunday school 10 a.m. Worship service 11 a.m. Everyone welcome.

Ladies Fill My Cup Fellowship

Winona Christian Church



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