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During one of our stays in IL, a huge, stray, black tom cat showed up and began tormenting my father-in-law's tom cat. He dominated all the female felines, intimidated the scrawny male for pure sport and picked fights with him whenever he felt like it. He bore the scars of previous brawls with other unfortunate chaps but carried the confidence that only a champion fighter would have.

But the only oddity about this monstrous fellow was how sweet he was. He was an overgrown sweetheart and would seize any opportunity to show his affection to anyone who was within reach. At the time, Sam was just figuring out how to master his legs and was still uneasy on his feet. He'd wonder off into the gravel driveway to catch up with his siblings but would be hindered by the big black cat who'd mosey up to him and begin to warmly rub against him. And since he was so dad-gum huge, poor Sam would be easily pushed over. So there he'd sit with a massive cat in his lap loving him half to death. They soon became best buddies.

At one point close to the time for us to return home, Larry had gotten tired of the big black. He didn't like that his own male had been evicted from the barn and now had to hide, both day and night, just to have a moment's peace. He'd also grown weary of tripping over the guy. He'd had enough of him and announced his plans of shooting him. Well, both me and Doug really liked the cat, so we jumped in to save him. The challenge was getting him into the kitty-carrier. The poor thing was so cramped in there I was afraid he'd come out looking like a square once we got him to Missouri.

He adjusted well to the wilderness life and actually stuck around. We didn't have any female cats at the time aside from Tuttle, but she was fixed. I figured once he realized there was no gals around he'd move on. However, we did have a gaunt tomcat which he thoroughly enjoyed annoying, so I suppose that was enough to cause him to stay.

We decided we needed to get him a girl or two at some point but the opportunity didn't arise until several months later. We were visiting a family one day when the wife quite abruptly became infuriated with their ex-house cat which they'd recently kicked out. She told her husband she wanted the cat shot and, from her attitude, I thought she was going to have him do it that minute. I instantly came to the rescue. "I'll take her!"

She was a gorgeous calico mama cat, fixing to have a boat load of kittens at any moment. The poor dear was so petite, but her belly was enormous. And she too was quite the sweet little thing. I was excited to introduce her to the big black cat which we'd named Bagheera (from the Jungle Book.)

Three days later we were the owners of five additional pussy cats. It was beginning to feel like a cat rescue shelter around here. Elsa, the mama cat, had her kittens and all were a different color. Orange, black, tortoiseshell, calico, and gray.

She was a good mama and I think Bagheera liked her fine, but her coloring wasn't good for the woods since she had a bit of white on her. White makes an easy target for predators and one morning she never showed up from her nightly prowl. The kittens were just old enough to make it on their own, but I knew they still needed motherly affection. Nevertheless, I wasn't about to bring them all in the house to love up on them. I was much too busy and our house was incredibly too small for five more things to trip over. So I left them be.

My concern for the little guys soon faded when I noticed them all curled up with the big black cat one morning. I was impressed that a tomcat would allow kittens to snuggle up to him. I was then surprised to notice that he was beginning to give them daily baths. Then I saw him playing with them throughout the day and he always had at least one cuddled up close batting at his tail, hugging him around the neck or curled up in his giant paws taking a cat nap. It's such a warming sight to see that big, battle beaten male taking such tender care of those kittens after their mother died. With his help, I believe those little guys will grow up confident, secure and ready to take on the world. He just needs to educate them on owls and how to prowl safely at night. Those pesky owls will eat anything!

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Successfully Transition Houseplants Indoors for Winter

By Melinda Myers

Help your houseplants make a smooth transition from their outdoor summer home back inside for winter. The lower light and humidity indoors along with any insects that hitched a ride indoors make it difficult to keep these plants looking their best.

Give them a shower before they move indoors. A gentle blast of water washes dust and dirt off the leaves and dislodges aphids and mites that might be feeding on the plants.

Gradually prepare the plants for the lower light conditions indoor. Start by placing plants in the sunniest south- or west-facing window available or grow them under artificial lights. Leave them here for several weeks if the final destination receives less light.

Next move them to an east-facing or well-lit north facing window. Again, leave them here for several weeks. Gradually decrease the amount of light the plants receive until they reach their final location. This gradual acclimation helps the plants develop more shade tolerant leaves. Foregoing this process results in yellow leaves and massive leaf drop. This is stressful on the plant and its caretaker.

Skip this step, reduce the stress on your plants and keep them looking their best throughout the winter by growing them under artificial lights. Using a combination of natural and artificial light helps plants better tolerate the less-than-ideal indoor growing environment.

Isolate these plants from your indoor houseplant collection until you are sure no insects tagged along. Check under the leaves and along the stems for aphids, mites, scale and white flies. Use an eco-friendly product like Summit Year-Round Spray Oil (SummitResponsibleSolutions.com) to prevent these pests from moving onto the rest of your indoor garden. This highly refined mineral oil suffocates the insects, doesn't poison them, and is approved for organic gardening.

Continue monitoring for pests over the next few weeks. Reapply the organic insecticide every two weeks as needed. Always read and follow label directions when using any organic, natural or synthetic chemical.

Increase the humidity by grouping plants together. As one plant loses moisture from its leaves, or transpires, it increases the humidity around its neighboring plants.

Further increase the humidity and decrease your workload by placing the plants on a gravel tray. Place pebbles in the bottom of the saucer or other shallow container. Set the pot on top of the pebbles. Allow excess water to collect in the pebbles below the pot. As this water evaporates, it increases the humidity around the plants.

You'll also eliminate the amount of time spent and mess made when pouring off the excess water that collects in the saucer. Plus, you'll avoid root rot and other diseases caused by plants sitting in a water-filled saucer.

Give your plants a bit of TLC as you tuck them into their winter lodgings. Your efforts will be rewarded with healthier, pest-free and better-looking plants to enjoy all winter long.

Gardening expert Melinda Myers has written over 20 gardening books, including Small Space Gardening and the Midwest Gardener's Handbook. She hosts The Great Courses "How to Grow Anything: Food Gardening For Everyone" DVD set and the nationally syndicated Melinda's Garden Moment TV & radio segments. Myers is also a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine and was commissioned by Summit for her expertise to write this article. Myers' website is www.melindamyers.com.


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Summersville Bookends

Summersville Senior Center

Shannon County Health Department Calendar


Oct. 23: FLU SHOTS; blood draws, immunizations, blood pressures, blood sugar screenings; Robin Harwell, RD: Diabetes Education Class 11:00 am till 1:00 pm (Walk-ins Welcome)

Oct. 24: WIC (cert/recert, check pick-up, appt. only) and immunizations in basement of health center; blood pressures at Winona Senior Center

Oct. 25: WIC (cert/recert, check pick-up, appt. only); immunizations

Oct. 30: FLU SHOTS; Monthly Board of Trustees meeting at 4 pm

Oct. 31: WIC (cert/recert, check pick-up, appt. only); immunizations



Free Fall Festival on Oct. 29 Features Hayrides and Movie

First Baptist Church of Mountain View invites you and your family to a Fall Festival, Sunday, Oct. 29, from 4-6 p.m.

This FREE event will offer fun for all ages, from babies, children and teens to young adults, parents and seniors! Activities will take place throughout the event and culminate with a showing of the movie, The Case for Christ, out on the lawn (bring your own blanket or lawn chair.) Children and youth must be accompanied by their parents or a responsible adult.

This year will feature attractions like hayrides, petting zoo, catapult/slingshot target practice and more. There will also be food available during the festival with popcorn and drinks being served at the beginning of the movie.

The FBC family looks forward to welcoming your family to Fall Festival 2017. For questions or more information, please contact the church office at (417) 934-2621. Also, visit FBC's website at www.mvfbc.com and www.facebook.com/firstbaptistmountainview.


Whole Kids Outreach will sponsor its annual Christmas Storeduring the days of December 7th, 8th, 11thand 12th. To earn a voucher to shop, adults will need to either volunteer for a one hour job or donate $10 per child. Adults may volunteer or donate in advance on Mondays through Thursdays (except holidays) from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. starting November 6th. For more information, please call 573-663-3257.



There is quite a bit of excitement three nights a week as the cast of thirty practice for the upcoming play "To Kill a Mocking Bird." Players are attempting to memorize all their lines now and to work on character development. They are also being fitted for costumes which will be from the story's time period.

The set consists of three houses one indoor court house, the jail will be on rollers & will appear after the court house scene. These buildings are copied from the 1930's. The construction work is headed up by Garry Breidt a master craftsman who has generously donated his time and talent.

Tickets will go on sale soon & will be available in numerous locations, at a cost of $5.00 per ticket. To Kill a Mocking Bird promises to portray a time in history that is significant today. Be prepared to enjoy the acting of beginners as well as those with "years of experience". Performance dates are November 10-19 (weekends). The Willow Springs Theater Guild proudly presents this play as they now are in their thirtieth year.




West Plains Parks & Recreation

Winona Park Board News

Reflections from the Road

By Rick Mansfield

First Fall BEST Country Gospel Music Show

Sep 30th was a great evening in the old Eminence High School gym. Gary Alcorn set up his sound system, the custodian had chairs in place, and the BEST committee members had refreshments ready to sample. And then…musicians and patrons began to arrive! If you were not there SORRY you missed a lot of good music! The Bressler's, Roy Light's Current River Bluegrass, and Dave Anderson's Country Revival played and sang for a bit over two hours. Robert Medley did another outstanding job of being the MC for us and thanks to the generous donations from the crowd attending we raised $1000 for future projects that benefit our Eminence R-1 Schools.

If you would like to help with funding projects for our Eminence R-1 school please send your donation to BEST Foundation Eminence R-1 School P.O. Box 730 Eminence, Mo 65466 ATTENTION: Joan Dix or give it to one of our board members.

Narrows Interpretive Day planned for Oct. 21

The Eleven Point Ranger District of the Mark Twain National Forest would like to invite the public to an interpretive day at the scenic and historic Morgan Springs and Narrows Recreation Areas.

From 10 AM until 2 PM the Forest Service will provide a shuttle from the 142 Access adjacent to the Narrows. The ridge, after which the Narrows is named, is known as a hogback (thin and spiky) and has a colorful past. Visitors can listen to presenters as they talk about the historic significance of the ridge and its surrounding area, including: a culturally-important Native American site; the historic milling operations at Thomasson Mill; B.B. Morgan's unique aquaculture business; the more-modern development of private camping and picnicking sites; and the area's importance as a major component of the Eleven Point National Wild and Scenic River system. You can also learn more about the natural springs in the vicinity. The largest, Blue Springs, releases up to 70 million gallons of crisp, 58-degree water into the Eleven Point River every day. Three additional springs feeding the Eleven Point (Jones, Sullivan and Morgan Springs) add an additional 70 million gallons to the Eleven Point each day.

Visitors are welcome to bring a sack lunch to the Interpretive Day. Water will be provided. If weather does not cooperate and it gets rained out, the event will be rescheduled for a later date. So watch the weather and contact the Eleven Point Ranger District if you have any questions at (573) 996-2153 (M-F, 8 AM to 4:30 PM).

City Council Board Meeting

October 10, 2017

The meeting of the City Council of Winona, Missouri, was called to order at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October, 10, 2017 by the Mayor, Brenda Barkman, in the City Hall at 8488 Ash Street. On roll call, the following members were present:

?Brenda Barkman, Margaret Akers, Adam Ipock, Bill Knobbe, Gary Plunk, Mark Simpson

Also present was – Tom Bissell, City Supervisor, Israel Guidry, Mandy Brown, City Clerk, Sharon Link, Carl McIntire, Tiffany and Ryan Norris, Allen and Deena Phillips, Eugene, Destiny and Kay Brewer, Jimile Voyles, Dorothy Brooks, Dixie Gardner, Tammy Kile, Gracie Fox, and Stacey Ipock

Business Portion


A motion to accept the meeting minutes from September 14, 2017 was made by Mark Simpson and seconded by Gary Plunk.

AYES: 5-Akers, Ipock, Knobbe, Plunk, Simpson



A discussion was conducted concerning the amount owed to Mike Woolsey concerning the well. Margaret Akers wanted more information and clarification concerning the amount owed and what work was completed. Tom stated that it was for the well #5 and it will be online when the well house is built and the plumbing is put in.

A motion was made by Bill Knobbe to pay all the accounts payable and is seconded Mark Simpson.

AYES: 5-Akers, Ipock, Knobbe, Plunk, Simpson


Public Portion

Eugene Brewer spoke to the council concerning getting a trailer placed on his property on Martin Street. Eugene stated that it would meet the requirements that have been set forth by the city.

A motion was made by Mark Simpson to allow a trailer to be placed on Eugene Brewer's property providing that it met the requirements that have been set forth by the city and it was seconded by Gary Plunk.

AYES: 5-Akers, Ipock, Knobbe, Plunk, Simpson



Allen Phillips came in and spoke to the council concerning the Ozarks Waste bill. The contract is up on 2-1-2018, 2017 is the roll over year. It was discussed that there are 662 meters in the city and that he bills for a total of 640 residents (414 bag and 224 dumpster and polycarts). Bill Knobbe asked about the polycart deposit and Allen Phillips explained that that was money the city collected and kept.

Jimile Voyles came in to speak with the council concerning the two Mary streets that are located within the city limits. There is one by the Weaver apartments and one off of JF Norton. She would like the one off of JF Norton to be renamed or to give the three residence of that street addresses off of JF Norton since their property extends to that road. A discussion followed as to whether this was a city road anymore; it is thought that it was vacated by the city several years ago. This issue was tabled until it was determined if the road was vacated.

Mayor Brenda Barkman announces that there are two individuals that are interested in the Alderman for Ward I position, Carl McIntire and Sharon Link. Adam Ipock announces that he will abstain from this since he is related to one of the individuals. Both Carl McIntire and Sharon Link give a speech about why they should be chosen and both answered questions from the council. Both candidates were discussed by the board members. The decision was tabled for the following meeting.

Mayor Brenda Barkman opened the well house bids. The two bids were from A & A Roofing and Younger Construction Company. A & A Roofing bid $25,895 and Younger Construction Company bid $28,950.

A motion was made by Margaret Akers to accept the bid from A & A Roofing and was seconded by Adam Ipock.

AYES: 5-Akers, Ipock, Knobbe, Plunk, Simpson



Mayor Report

Mayor Brenda Barkman spoke about the triangle at the ballfield and if the council would approve three parking places being painted there.

A motion was made by Gary Plunk for three parking places to be painted in the triangle and seconded by Bill Knobbe.

AYES: 5-Akers, Ipock, Knobbe, Plunk, Simpson



Mayor Brenda Barkman brought up the court clerk position and that interviews need to be conducted and someone hired. She also stated that the Judge recommended a new computer for the court clerk. Brenda gave the two printouts of the two computers that were found. The computer from Walmart was $279.00 and the one from Office Max was $249.00.

A motion was made by Bill Knobbe that the computer from Walmart was to be purchased and was seconded by Adam Ipock.

AYES: 5-Akers, Ipock, Knobbe, Plunk, Simpson



Mayor Brenda Barkman also stated that the Judge and the auditor stated that there needs to be two new accounts opened up, one for the Municipal Court and one for Bonds.

A motion was made by Gary Plunk to open up two new bank accounts (Municipal Court and Bonds) and was seconded by Bill Knobbe.

AYES: 5-Akers, Ipock, Knobbe, Plunk, Simpson



Mayor Brenda Barkman discussed the trailer that is at the cemetery. At this time the owner is unknown and no contact has been made with the possible mover and/or owner. Brenda states that she will continue to try and find the owner of the trailer.

Supervisor's Report

Tom Bissell stated that an inspection was being completed and the report should be back within a month.

Police Report

Israel Guidry gave the report. Within the report he spoke of the possible Tazer purchase, vest purchase, the jail (holding males for Carter County Sheriff's Department and the females for Shannon County Sheriff's Department), the vehicles, the new contract with Express Liquor for the inmate meals, shop with a cop (how the money hasn't been repaid) and the K9 training (should the K9 officer continue to put this on his time sheet). The shop with a cop money was discussed and how the money wasn't placed into the Police Department account and the only deposit that was found was placed into the General account.

A motion was made by Adam Ipock at 8:01 p.m. to move to executive session and Gary Plunk seconded.

AYES: 5-Akers, Ipock, Knobbe, Plunk, Simpson



The meeting returned to open session at 9:02 pm.

A motion was made at 9:02 p.m. to adjourn by Mark Simpson and was seconded by Bill Knobbe.

AYES: 5-Akers, Ipock, Knobbe, Plunk, Simpson




Letters to the Editor!

Dear Editor,

The recent letter by Gerald T. Melton, about the disrespect shown the American flag, hit the nail on the head.

Sports did not make our country great. This was done by the sacrifice of our military personel and the dedication of millions of hard-working Americans of every race, who do their jobs day in and day out, often with too little pay.

There is nowhere else these professional athletes could draw the ridiculous salaries they are paid except in the U.S.A. You shouldn't bite the hand that feeds you.

Thank You

Kenneth Haverstick

Shannon County

To the Editor,


I am a gun owner. COMMON SENSE flies out the window when the subject of gun control is mentioned. The CDC reports that in 2015, 36,252 gun deaths occurred. 12,979 were homicides, 22,018 were suicides, 489 were unintentional, 484 were legal intervention, and 282 were undetermined. 13,235 were children and teens. 50 women per month are shot by an intimate partner. For every one person killed, it is estimated that 2 more are injured. Background checks have blocked over 3 million sales. This is a public health crisis.


Just as automobiles meet evolving safety standards, so should guns. Seatbelts, airbags, safety glass, etc. have brought down automobile fatality rates. It's the job of the government to safeguard citizens. If 100,000 people every year contracted the same disease and one third died, people would demand research, prevention, and cures. Instead of responding in a similar manner to gun violence, our legislators are scored (actual scorecards) and paid by the NRA to roll over and play dead. Roy Blunt received $4.5 million. The sad truth is that when massacres occur, gun sales spike.


Birch Tree

WHS Alumni News


EHS Alumni News

(part 2)

Last time I talked some about the road from my original tower article to Everett Chaney and Bucksnort Foodstand. This time, as the deer season approaches, let's take a look back at Bucksnort. You may recall that as a tower hunter, I first became interested in the foodstand because the cab of the Tram Tower had found a new usage. I have been surprised how many tower cabs have turned up here and there for a new life.

I suppose my first question had to be the name. The Wolfords told me they remembered a nearby "deer camp" being called Bucksnort and the name was assigned by a pastor from the area. It seems the name Bucksnort was and is used in the area for several items. They said at first their deer foodstand was not called Bucksnort. In fact, the cab from Tram Tower was not a part of the foodstand, at first. The foodstand began around 1974 and Tram Lookout was purchased around 1983.

In it's original form, the foodstand had patrons sitting on stumps or in their cars among the shortleaf pines. The first few years, food was sold right out Dana's kitchen window. When my wife and I stopped by a few months ago I wondered if it was the pine whisper or happy laughter I could hear? The foodstand itself grew into a three sided structure open to the south sun. The floor was soil, pine needles, with wood shavings and the heat was a a fire ring. You may recognize the kitchen in the picture with a close look. It is the cab from the Tram Lookout that sat atop a very unusual "ladder not step" tower near Winona. In 1983 Everett had bought the tower and had plans for a new life for the cab. Everett took down the purchased tower and took it to his farm southeast of Birch Tree. The foodstand idea was "all of us" says Shari Wolford.

For the next four decades what grew to be called Bucksnort Foodstand would serve coffee, chili(spicy), chili dogs, hot dogs, hash browns, sausage and cheese on a bun, hamburgers, and home made fried pies to the hunter or would be hunter. Everett's wife, Betty made over 300 pies a season and the girls made other desserts also. You see, many explain that at least some of the hunters never made it to the woods. Although many spent the entire day in the woods some, it seems, just came to enjoy the company. At times, the family and friends and neighbors who helped would find themselves 12 orders behind. It seems everybody knew Everett and wanted his advice on the coming hunt. Shari remembers the first year they were open nine days and made $5 apiece!

Some remember one year a convict was on the loose which caused a a little stir. Most felt however that the foodstand, full of deer hunters, was probably the safest place in the state. Visitors were encouraged to sign the "guest book". This involved leaving names, messages, points of origin written on the walls. In many ways the history of the foodstand played itself out in these etchings.

When my wife and I stopped by a few months ago, I was struck by what a peaceful place it was. You had the smell of pine and the whisper of the trees. Tram cab seems to be a peace also. Happy to have worked 50 years atop Tram Lookout and happy to have been a part of so many happy times and content now to take a well deserved rest.

Bob Frakes/frakes2@mvn.net/618-244-1642



Domestic Violence Awareness.

"Silent Victims"

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Agape House Inc. of Mountain View is asking everyone to wear something Purple, ribbons, bracelets, shirt, etc. in support of Domestic Violence Victims on October 25th.

There are many things we can say about Domestic Violence. Domestic Violence is a pattern of abuse between intimate or past intimate partners. Abuse isn't all physical. As a matter of fact domestic violence is a form of many abuses perpetrated against the victim, emotional, sexual, economical, and physical.

Domestic Violence is the worst kept secret in the home. In rural Missouri isolation is a major factor in keeping a victim dependent upon the perpetrator. Perpetrators will isolate the victim, often moving them many miles from family members making it impossible to leave the situation. It is a true Proverb, "no one knows what goes on behind closed doors". The victim is then rendered helpless to deal with their circumstances in silence alone.

When the ugly secret is revealed, or the victim manages to get away from the perpetrator, the perpetrator often acts like the victim. They turn to social media, Facebook, Twitter, etc. to tell their story of how bad they are being treated. They will often enlist family and friends to do the same. They will go to public places and tell their story, turn on the tears, put on a good show for anyone who will listen. All the while the victim becomes more isolated and suffers alone in silence with no support.

When the victim manages to get away from the perpetrator, things get even more dangerous. Perpetrators are all about control and when they lose of control of their victim they will resort to even more violent measures to regain it. The victim is viewed as property rather than a person with the same needs, wants, and desires as they have.

Perpetrators often resort to stalking the victim. Stalking is to give the perpetrator the satisfaction of maintaining some control over the victim by disrupting their life and making the victim acknowledging them. Often they also stalk them by medium, having someone else stalk the victim and report back to them about where they are and then they will confront the victim about their whereabouts and who they are with. Orders of Protection do not stop most perpetrators of Domestic Violence. They will still make contact, threaten, sweet talk, send flowers, you name it, to get the attention of the victim.

Perpetrators will also use their children as a pawn to get next to the victim so they can harass or threaten them. This puts the victim in a very difficult position. They want to protect their children as well as themselves. Using the children victimizes the children also. It confuses them about where their loyalties are supposed to be. Children should never have to choose between their parents. This causes emotional trauma and the children are innocent.

The Agape House Inc. of Mountain View serves 10 Rural Counties in South Central Missouri offering many services to victims of domestic violence.

We have seen a 33% increase of Domestic Violence Homicides in the past 3 years. These statistics are very alarming! We have also seen numerous cases of internet dating becoming a way to isolate and abuse victims who move to this area to be with the person who promises to love and care for them if they will leave their homes and move here.

Agape House Inc. of Mountain View, Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence is dedicated to helping as many victims as possible. For more information please call our 24-hour hotline at 417-934-1811 or our business line at 417-934-5721 Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm.

Tressa Price, Executive Director


Area Church News


Jack's Fork Country Church

Jacks Fork Country

Greetings from JFCC! We gathered for worship Sunday morning, and Allen Akers led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and our opening prayer. The Promise was read from John 14:18, and Scripture from I Chronicles 16:8-11. Judy Wenzel led our hymn singing of "What a Friend", "Have Thine Own Way" and "Give Thanks".

We celebrated the birthday of Lee Buffington! Allen welcomed our guest, Carol Murphy, Judy Wenzel's friend visiting from Texas. Brian Wallace reported that the Community Youth Group, along with 3 of our church youth, attended the Casting Crowns and Zach Williams concert.

We asked prayers for: Dan Baldwin, Patsy Coker, Randy Liggett, Brooke Fields and her unborn baby, Nikki Watson, Jeannie McConnell, Imogene Blake, Leta Hightower, Charlene Williams, David Smith, Jerry Evans, Terri's parents and coworker, Mike's parents and their daughter, Brooke Keeling Porter, Betty Porter, Dorothy Ennis, Jeremy Fullerton, wildfire and hurricane victims and volunteers, our military and families, our country and leaders and our church.

Tileta Burkhead blessed us today with her wonderful praise music!

Nancy Ray adjourned to Children's Church. Thanks, Nancy!

Howell Burkhead gave our sermon today on "The Value of Self-Control", reading from Proverbs 16:32. Our natural spirit drives us! Anger, blues, discouragement, frustration, fear or anxiety, suspicion. Our spirit is all these things! We either rule our spirits or our spirits control us. This is the difference between having a successful life or not. "He that rules the spirit is better than he who takes a city!"

We all have feelings and can't change this about ourselves. However, we can control how we respond to these feelings-and we must! We can always pray about it! Our churches that have inner conflict must unify in their path of worship and service. Pray!

In the words of The Lord's Prayer, "deliver us from evil", means lead us away from temptation. We need to recognize and foretell when we will be tempted and steer ourselves away! Think before you speak! Learn how to rule your spirit. The tongue can cut a would that time can never heal, a lesson that Howell learned from his grandmother. Shooting your mouth off can be disastrous! Without prayer for self control, life is dangerous. Howell ended with prayer.

We ended with singing "Amazing Grace" and "Old Country Church". Mike Svaleson led us in our closing prayer.

Black Pond

Birch Tree Assembly of God

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Eminence First Baptist Church
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Eminence Assembly of God

Eminence  Methodist 


Mt. View Baptist


Moment In The Word

By Edwin Woolsey

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.

I have heard so many people say, "Move on... Get over it... Turn away... Shake it off... Forget about it... Start over... "

But then, God softly answers, "If you do not love unconditionally... then you do NOT love at all!"

Who said that REAL love would be painless or be without sacrifice? Look again toward Calvary and see precious Jesus hanging on His cross for you! One of the last things Christ said before returning to Jerusalem to die was, "Pick up YOUR cross and go with Me!" Matthew 16:24

Real love demands the same selflessness from us that also nailed God's Son to the tree. Love is not so much in feeling... but in persistent doing! Allowing Himself to be securely fastened to the object of His pain, the Lover Of My Soul would not abandon sincere devotion... until the last drop of life was drained. Christ's individual covenant with each of us can aptly be expressed by these familiar words, "To have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health," never to forsake, never to abandon... neither in this life, nor the next. There was absolutely nothing about the Crucifixion that was in Jesus' personal interest. He kept His cross and continued loving... simply for you and me!

"There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. 3He was despised and rejected — a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. 4Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! 5But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. 6All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God's paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the sins of us all." Isaiah 53:2-6 NLT


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West Eminence Christian Church

Fellowship Tabernacle, West Eminence

Women of Faith

Women of Faith


We had a good turn out tonight. Joyce opened in prayer. We all had a lot of needs on prayer request.

We celebrated Carol's birthday tonight. Had lots of fun. We all just love Carol and so glad she is a part of our group.

We also got some of our shoe boxes to do our shoe box Christmas. This year we will fill the boxes and then give a $9 donation to help ship the boxes. A $9 donation is critical for the project. What does it cover? Collection, processing, shipping to over 100 countries, training local churches. What a blessing it is to help children in need. Helping in Jesus name.

Joyce shared I am the Shepherd, John 10:11, 14-15. I am a shield for all who take refuge in me. Earlene, be prepared to let go of anything I take from you, but never let go of my hand. Begin by remembering that I have created this day, it is not a chance occurrence.

Psalm 21:6; Prov. 2:4, Lilly, the world is too much with you my child. Your mind leaps from problem to problem to problem, tangling your thoughts in anxious knots. Stella, Take time to be still in my presence. Imagine the pain I feel when my children tie themselves up in anxious knots, ignoring my gift of peace. Meetings 2nd Tuesday of each month, 6 p.m. Joyce and Hazel's house. Ladies, next month we will be drawing names for Christmas, and please bring an item to auction to help raise money for our group. We also are still taking up money for our Shop With a Cops. We have to turn that in sometime in Nov. Our ladies group may be small but it's for a good cause. Have a blessed week

Jennive Shemwell

The Women of Faith Group

Winona Assembly of God

Winona Baptist 

Winona First Baptist


"When we hold back our best efforts because of what happened in the past, we are leting the past decide our future."

"There is no Wi-Fi in the forest but I promise you will find a better connection."

"Isn't it great that prayer has roll-over minutes?"

Brother Nick's message today Luke 6:41-42, Prov. 4:23. O God help us not to despise or oppose what we do not understand. Lord jesus help us to see our own faults more clearly than the faults of others. Thou hypocrite, cast out forst the beam out of thine own eye, and then shall thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye.

Prov. 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are issues of life. Both testaments also see the heart figuratively as the center of the personality or spiritual life. The heart is the seat of intellect, emotions, will, and moral consciousness.

When your children are small they step on your toes, and when they get older they step on your heart. How true this is.

Please pray for our nation, leaders, and police officers, those in the deadly shooting in Vegas, and pray for one another. And the fires in California.

I was just informed that Brother Nick's message was prov. 3:23. Then you will walk safely in your way, and your feet will not stumble.

I think the preacher does this to me from time to time, so I can do the bible search. Good job Nick! Nick shared a story about 3 people, their names were Love, Wealth and Success. if you could only invite one of them for dinner, which one would it be? if you chose Love, you have chosen the right one, because if we choose Love, Wealth and Success will follow. Think about it.

I thought Nick wrote the wrong message when he wrote down Prov. 3:23. That was no mistake. God knew what he was doing, because I believe we needed both scriptures. Because love comes from the heart and Prov. 4:23 just made the message complete. Thank you Jesus.

Happy Birthday Kim Kapp, Oct. 18, Duncan Jacobson, Oct. 22, Mary Blanks, Oct. 23, Doug (Tub) Blanks, Oct. 24, Jemma Kile, Oct. 24. Happy Aniversary to our wonderful pastor and his wife Gail, Nick Smotherman Oct. 19. 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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