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Church News – February 14, 2024 Edition

Heartland Happenings:

Heartland Christian Academy students and staff showed their support for the Eagles basketball teams during this semester’s Spirit Week. Coach JC Morgan and the boys’ team were excited to win their Senior Night match against Lighthouse Prep. Congratulations to seniors Noah Bock, Sam Wilson, Mike Fugitt, and Brayan Velazquez.

The HCA planning team’s creativity came up with some fun new activities for Spirit Week. Monday was “Athlete vs. Mathlete” where students could choose to dress sporty or nerdy. Who knew we had so many nerds at HCA? Samuel Toro claimed to be both, as he sported a bow tie and checkered shirt layered with his basketball jersey. Tuesday’s “Anything but a Backpack” theme had students arriving with their school supplies in suitcases, baby carriages, shopping carts, mop buckets, and even a desk drawer. On “Wildlife Wednesday” wild animals were roaming the halls, along with wild animal caretakers, zoologists and safari explorers.

My personal favorite day of the week was the wide assortment on “Heritage Day”. A McCurdy in a kilt, the Smith cheesehead from Wisconsin, beautiful Mexican outfits, the Linhart family showing off their Irish, German and English roots, the Mayes children representing Korea, America and Ghana, and so many more.

I love being in a community where so many different cultures are represented. Seeing all of them made me look forward to the annual visit from our international friends for the Missions Gathering in May. Our planning committee met this week to continue working out the details of that event, and were reminded about the many challenges people are facing all around the world. If you think about it, pray for the work being done by the Pavlovskis in Moldova, the Salmans in the West Bank, and the Cobbs in Thailand and India, just to name a few.

Hunnewell Church News:

Another great day with our family of faith.  Some of us came early for Sunday School at 9:00.  The children studied from 1Corinthians 13 about God’s love for all people led by LaDonna Berry and June Grubb.  The adults studied about Praying Faith found in Luke 11:1-13.  Branden Dehner was our class teacher.  The Lord’s model prayer has much to teach us.

    As with each Sunday, many more came in for the worship service at 10:15.  It was really good to see everyone…well, most everyone.  Donna Boston was sick, the Jenkins had family in and Harley Dodson moved last week to the Veteran’s Home in Mexico, MO.  Some others had to work today.  We missed each of them but it was good to gather with those who could make it.
    Following the announcements, Ed Berry led us in our opening hymn “Abide with  Me”.  After the invocation we sang “Redeemed, How I Love to Proclaim It” and “Take the Name of Jesus With You”.  Jim Berry led us in our ministry of prayer time.  Rusty Boston, Tim Blackford, Branden Dehner and Bobby Berry gathered the offerings.  Ed sang our special “What A Friend We Have in Jesus”.  I don’t know that I have ever heard it more beautiful than this morning.
    Pastor’s message was “The Game of Life” with Hebrews 12:1-2 as the text.  Today is Super Bowl Sunday but that is not the greatest game being played today or any other day as far as that goes.  The greatest game being played today, and every day, is the game of life which involves each one of us.  Each of us should determine where we are in the game of life.  Are we totally disinterested and just going about life as usual?  Are we in the stands as a spectator?  Are we on the bench in reserve but not wanting to get out on the field because it’s too rough out there?  Or, are we out there on the ballfield playing the game with complete confidence knowing that we will cross the goal line and be the super winners in the end?  And what do we win?  Not earthly fame, not a ring or lots of money.  We win eternal life in heaven with our Creator God and Redeemer.  But if we are not crossing the goal line into the presence of Jesus as most of the human population through the ages have not done, then we will go out the gate of earthly life into that other eternity and it will not ever be pleasant again.   As we Christians play the game of life on the field we need to remember that we are not alone…God is with us, the hosts of heaven are with us and the committed believers of earth who are in the game with us.  We are to lay aside every weight that hinders us; lay aside the sin which so easily besets us-unbelief; remember always that it takes perseverance, endurance, steadfastness and an unwillingness not to give up; and always keep our eyes on Jesus our Lord…Coach who leads to victory.
Each of us would do well if we would take a moment to decide where we are in the game of life.
    We wish LaDonna Berry a Happy Birthday this week.  Wednesday is Valentine’s Day…be sure to tell those close to you that you love them.  We will gather at 6:00 for a game night and fellowship time.  Friday the Women’s Group meets at 2:00.  And, if the Rapture doesn’t occur this week, we will gather again to worship and praise our God and fellowship together.
    Are you looking for a church family to gather with?  Come and gather with us.  8951 Hwy. 36 East.  Look for the cross!
Tri-Square News:

February 11: Guyla Behring taught the adult class at Prairie View Baptist Church. The lesson, “Impatient” was from Genesis. Susie Tucker led Worship song service with Nancy Voepel playing piano. Gene Behring shared some facts about Solomon’s temple. We are still without a pastor and have enjoyed several visiting speakers. We are glad Brandon Snider will be filling the pulpit for several weeks. Brandon has been speaking on knowing God and the gospel of Christ. He shared about Paul and his conversion in Galations 1:11. Conversion is God’s most amazing miracle! Brandon offered prayer. The invitation hymn was “Amazing Grace.” Lennie Wood gave the closing prayer. Hannah, Jalyn, Jake and Maren were with Brandon. Other visitors were Kim Dodd, Carol Hiatt and Tina Tharp.

Wednesday evening, Gene and Guyla, Gale and Richelle Behring, Susie Tucker, Marion Wilson, Kelly Broughton and I enjoyed getting together at the church. We finally took down Christmas decorations, cleaned, ate pizza and started a new Bible Study, “Why Easter?” We welcome anyone to come and join us. We meet at 6:00.

Laura Parsons took John Behring to St. Louis for his chemo treatment, Wednesday. His numbers were down and he was not able to get treatment.

February 11, the Behring family celebrated Jim Behring’s birthday with dinner at Gene and Guyla’s. Jim requested fried chicken for his birthday meal. I didn’t get to talk to Laura, but I imagine she baked a birthday cake.

I had computer problems so I’m sending the news I wasn’t able to send last week.

Brandon Snider brought the message at church, February 4. We were happy to have his family, Hannah, Jalyn, Jake and Maren with us. Caleb, Nickole and Cutter Dodd also attended.

Last Sunday, the Behrings had Sunday dinner and celebrated Marti Behring’s birthday. Gene and Guyla took Marti out to eat on her birthday, February 1. That night Brandon and Laura Ashley came and they grilled steaks and burgers for her birthday supper.

Marion and Laura Wilson went to the Behring dinners. Jami Snow visited them Wednesday night for supper. Laura and Jami ran some errands in Hannibal Thursday. Thursday night Marion and Laura ate supper with Kenton, Hope and Charlie Parsons.

I called my next-door neighbor Rebecca Trivette. She teaches 6th grade at North Shelby. She said she had spent Sunday afternoon grading papers and had gone for a drive with her dad Rob Trivette, looking for deer. Saturday night, Rob, Debbie and Rebecca ate out at Los Perez in Shelbyville.

January 24, our OES meeting was cancelled. I rode with Jim and Linda Sorrell to visitation for Robert Shoemyer. Sympathy and prayers to Dorothy and his loved ones. I was glad Jim was driving as the fog was terrible. Taylor Harrington and I had lunch together at Los Perez Friday. Wendy and Taylor ate Sunday dinner with me, February 4th.

I didn’t have news printed during the cold and snow. I appreciate that Gene bladed my driveway and Guyla cleared my sidewalks. Kenny Latimer also bladed after my drive drifted again. Jared fed hay two weeks ago. Gene fed again Monday night.

Monday night, I went to a WMU Leadership Team meeting at Fiddlestiks. We ate there and then planned our WMU Calendar for the year.

Kyle and Darren Cullifer visited me Wednesday, February 7. Kyle also stopped by Saturday evening. I’ve enjoyed the warmer weather and have a perennial flower blooming.

I enjoyed a Super Bowl party at Betty Anderson’s. Paula Crane, Karen Hills and I enjoyed food, fun and seeing the Chiefs win another Super Bowl Championship! Betty traveled to Kansas City last week to visit her son Don and Andy’s relatives.

SCRIPTURE: “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; my God; in him will I trust.” Psalm 912