The Ladies of the Henning Church of God met on Tuesday, Jan. 9, in the church fellowship hall for their regular monthly meeting. President Carole Spencer presided and Kim Brookman led in prayer,
Dyan Hefner presented the devotion, “Talking Hands,” with scripture reference James 4:8. The author likes to watch people’s faces and hands, she even practiced drawing them. However, she really likes to study people’s hands. By looking at your hands, you can learn a lot. Do they look like someone’s hands in your family? By looking at someone’s hands, you can discover what work they do, and how old they are. Even if movie stars have plastic surgery on their face, their hands do not lie. Hands can talk to others no matter what. Some have hands of compassion like the good Samaritan. (Luke 10:33-37) Hands of mercy is compassion with action. The good Samaritan cleansed the man’s wounds, put him on his donkey and brought him to the inn. He took care of him along with paying for extra expenses. Hands of hospitality meet the needs without grumbling. (1 Peter 4:9) Hands of productivity do it with all your might. (Ecclesiastes 9:10) Daniel had hands of prayer. He did not let any decree stop him from praying three times a day. (Daniel 16) Hands of strength are found in Nehemiah because the people relied on God’s strength to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Hands of love were shown when God allowed his son to die for our sins and we are to love one another. (John 3:16) (John 13:34-35) Hands of cleanliness help us fellowship with God. Unkept hands don’t appeal. (James 4:8) God is faithful and just to cleanse us of our sins if we have a pure heart. What do we do with our hands? We need to take care spiritually and cut out things we don’t need. What do your hands say?
Barbara Seldomridge brought us our missionary education report on Don and Caroline Armstrong, regional coordinators in Asia and the Pacific. They oversee projects and missionaries in the region. They are based in Thailand and connect churches across the region. They were called into missions in 1989 and served in Babati, Tanzania for sixteen years. They trained men and women to be pastors. They helped build churches. Don grew up in a Pastor’s home. He worked in the commercial insurance industry and volunteered in church. He felt called to missions after going to a work camp in Brazil and Africa. Caroline grew up in a Christian home and felt called when she was 14 years old. She volunteered in church also. After marrying Don, she taught junior high and singles in Africa. They returned to the United States in 2005 and Don became associate pastor in Boise, Idaho. However, God called them back to missions in 2008 and they are serving in Thailand today.
Jamie Harvey gave the treasurer’s report and Pauline Perkin’s read last month’s minutes,
Carole Spencer read thank you card and Christmas cards to the group. The group is serving the Maxwelton Ruritans on Jan. 25. The dates for the yard sales have been set as May 4 and Sept. 7.
The next meeting will be Feb. 13 and Dyan Hefner dismissed in prayer.