March 12, 2020
Cliff and Glenny Barnes accompanied Jeff and Diana Ord, rural Guide Rock, on an eight-day trip to Lucedale, Miss., and Dothan, Ala. They left on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 26, and arrived at the home of Genry and Heather Ellison, Lucedale, on Thursday afternoon after a brief stop, at Diana’s request, in Laurel, Miss., where the TV show “Home Town” is filmed. On Friday, Jeff stayed for the day with Genry, while Heather, Diana, Cliff, and Glenny visited an antique and architectural business, toured the Bellingrath Botanical Gardens, and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab where they petted a sting ray. On Saturday, the Ellisons and their children, the Ords and Barnes drove to Orange Beach, Ala., to attend the Seafood Festival and Car Show.
Sunday they all attended church together in the morning and then the Ords and Barnes left for Dothan, Ala. Upon arrival in Dothan, they went to the home of Pastor George and Sandra Ellison and attended an evening church service there at the Dothan Church of God. Following the church service, there was a supper prepared for the travelers by members of the church. Monday, Jeff and Pastor George attended a tree burning in the countryside. Cliff, Glenny and Diana did some shopping and joined Sandra for lunch at a seafood restaurant. In the afternoon, they visited various antique shops followed by supper at the Ellison home. On Tuesday the group drove down to Panama City, Fla., where they viewed some of the damage from Hurricane Michael and had lunch. Later they drove to Mexico Beach and had a little time walking on the beach before heading back to Dothan.
The Barnes and Ords left for home on Wednesday morning, driving in rain most of that day. They arrived home Thursday afternoon.
Nick and Kelley Bunting and Jessica Barnes went to Washington, Mo., on Friday to attend a BBQ class sponsored by Gateway Drum Smokers. Class instructors were Brad with Gettin’ Basted BBQ and Tim with Shake ‘N’ Bake BBQ. The Gettin’ Basted BBQ team was the 2018 KCBS Team of the Year and the Shake ‘N’ Bake BBQ team has been a grand champion team and is a top tier team. The two BBQ teams prepared meat from start to finish, as if they were in a competition, while the Buntings and Jessica watched and took notes. Later they were able to sample the meat that had been prepared. They returned home late Saturday night.
Patty Boyles was a Friday afternoon visitor of Cliff and Glenny Barnes.
Shelly Rae Harris, Salina, died March 6 after a battle with cancer. Her funeral will be today, Thursday, at the Burr Oak United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. Shelly graduated with the Burr Oak High School Class of 1970.
Cliff and Glenny Barnes visited David and Lori Barnes on Friday afternoon then attended wrestling matches in Franklin, Neb. Thomas, Remington and Kooper Ord all participated in the matches.
Keller, Patsy, Thomas and Kooper Ord, rural Guide Rock, hosted a 13th birthday party for Olivia Ord at their home on Saturday evening. Attending were Sue and Christy Meline, Darin, Amanda and Lillian Barnes, Paisley, Jerzie and Remington Ord, all of Red Cloud; Tom and Maxine Golka, Bertrand; Jeff and Diana Ord, rural Guide Rock; Kasey and Lexi Ord, Riverton; and Cliff and Glenny Barnes.
Judy Ost opened the morning worship service at the Burr Oak United Methodist Church with announcements and call to worship. Concerns were for the family of Shelly Harris. Scripture reading, John 13:31-38, was read by Michelle Harris. A video done by Rod Rose about a vision he had experienced was presented by Lavon Ost. Fellowship was hosted by Alma Garman
Services at the Nazarene Church opened with announcements by Gary Garman, Cheryl Woerner led the singing with Lola Wilson playing the piano. Songs sung were “Sweet Hour of Prayer,” “Little is Much When God is in It,” one of our favorites, and “Where He Leads Me, I Will Follow.” Ushers were Ethan Woerner and Dale Park. Wilma Roesti had the special which was “This is What Heaven Is to Me.” Wendy Harris had the children’s service, talking about feeling free to talk to Jesus anytime, anywhere, about anything. If we feel like someone has done something we don’t deserve, feel free to tell it to Jesus. His grace is free. The song, “I have the Love of Jesus Down in my Heart,” was sung and instruments were played. Doris Woerner took the children downstairs for a lesson.
Pastor Tom Korb gave the morning prayer, and all sang, “Do Lord, Oh, Do, Lord, Oh, Do Remember Me” accompanied by Pastor Korb on the accordion. His sermon was about being more conscious of the Holy Spirit speaking to us. We should say yes if he’s asking us to do something for Him. We should say no if it is something He would rather we not say, or someplace He would rather we not go. Scriptures were from Genesis, relating to stories of Joseph, saying no to Potiphar’s wife and of Daniel saying no to bowing down to a statue of the king and how both men benefited from saying no. It’s important that we listen to that still small voice. Service ended with a chorus and prayer.
The Burr Oak Christian Church opened its Sunday morning worship service with the Pledges of Allegiance to the American flag, the Christian flag and the Bible. Following the opening prayer “Alleluia” and “We’re Marching to Zion” were sung. Pastor Richard Cox read the announcements and prayer requests and praise reports were given. “Amazing Grace” was sung followed by prayer, the responsive reading and singing of “Break Now the Bread of Life.” Cliff Barnes gave the Communion prayer and served Communion. He also took up the morning offering. A time of greeting one another followed. Brynlee Manning joined Pastor Cox for the children’s message where they talked about being a new creation in Jesus when we are baptized.
Pastor Cox’s message for the morning was entitled “Redeemed, Renewed, Saved.” His selected scripture reading was John 3:1-21. We don’t have to completely understand the Cross to be saved by it. Faith and salvation do not rely on our complete understanding. We just need to have faith and trust to know that it is so. In this passage of scripture, Nicodemus questions Jesus about how a person can be born again when they are already old. Jesus tells him that being born again is of the spirit not of the flesh. The way to God’s Kingdom is to repent and to turn to Christ. As we find ourselves changed, we know that it is true that Jesus saves us. Christian faith starts in darkness and ends in the light of being redeemed, renewed and saved.
Pamela Garman visited Gary and Carol Garman last Sunday and this week on Monday.
Supper guests of Nick and Kelley Bunting on Sunday evening were Cheryl Hillman, Jessica Barnes, Greg and Brynlee Manning, Cody, Renita and Bella Volker, Tabitha Erickson and Braiden and Makaya Juarez.
Daisy, Hudson and Owen Tucker, Topeka, stayed from Sunday through Wednesday visiting Cody, Renita and Bella Volker.
The Burr Oak Community Club is hosting its annual baked potato-salad-dessert bar supper from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday evening, March 15, at the Burr Oak Community Center. A free will offering will be taken. Proceeds will go towards the other activities sponsored by the Community Club. Come out and enjoy an evening of good food and fellowship.