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by Bennie Hill

WOMEN SERVANTS OF THE LORDThe month of March began this year with the homegoing of two more servants of the Lord who lived the abundant life here on earth by serving others.  Sis. Thelma Lee Flora died March 3rd.  She was the mother of Ron Flora, Michael Flora, Sandra Pearl and Beverly Delk. She will best be remembered by all the good things she did for other people.  Her ministry was in sending cards, making phone calls, and decorating cakes.  She attended the Community Church of Christ in Louisville, where her son, Ron ministers.

Also taken home to be with her Lord was Sis. Rita Smallwood. She died March 2nd.  She was the mother of Mike Smallwood who preceded her in death, Brian Smallwood, Linda Spencer, and Paula Grimes.  She was also preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Bill Smallwood.  She worked hand in hand with him as he ministered in various churches of Christ and camp work at Woodland Bible Camp. She also served the Lord through her service for over 30 years at Portland Christian School.  She loved Portland and relentlessly gave of her time, devotion, and energy to the students and staff there.

Both of these women will be greatly missed. It can be said of both that they were “full of good works and charitable deeds.”  (Acts 9:36)


March 26-30, 2017  Annual Crusade for Christ at the Oak Grove Church of Christ in Independence, Louisiana.

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July 24-27,  2017  KY-IN Christian Fellowship (70th anniversary) at Portland Church of Christ– (2500 Portland Ave., Louisville, KY) (Program forthcoming)  “Roots – Our Heritage and The Ties that Bind us” will be the overall theme.  Monday night will feature the Woodland Music Camp Singers and morning sessions with different speakers.  A special note:  “The meetings this year, in keeping with our 70th year of meetings, we will hold the morning sessions at Portland Christian School, Westport Road Campus, Louisville, KY and the evening sessions at the Sellersburg Church of Christ.


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