The Gleaners Class of the Crooked Creek Church of Christ met April 10, 2012 in the fellowship hall of the church. Hostesses for the evening were Evelyn Adams and Donna Miller.
President Brenda Adams conducted the meeting. The secretarial report was given by Karen Dingess. Shirley Ruggles made the motion that the minutes were correct as read and Evelyn Adams seconded the motion. Ruggles gave the financial report and offering was accepted.
Evelyn Adams had the prayer for the food and the meeting.
Donna and Tia Miller had the devotion. Tia dramatically told the story of a clever smuggler who for 10 years would take his donkey over a protected border and for 10 years the border patrol would stop him and ask him what he was taking across the border and the man would always tell him nothing but straw. The border patrol would constantly search him and could never find anything illegal on the donkeys. Finally, the border patrolman retired and he was in the area one day and saw the man with the donkey again and he went to the man and asked him, “I know all those years that you were smuggling something out of the country, it has driven me crazy what it was, can you tell me now what you were smuggling?” The man looked at him and answered “donkeys.”
Donna then went on to explain that most of the time what we are searching for is right in front of our eyes. She gave the example of Solomon who tried lust, power, wisdom and luxury to make him happy. He had searched everywhere for happiness and realized later in life that all was vanity. In Ecclesiastes 12: 12-13 Solomon finally concludes with “Now all has been heard: here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing whether it is good or evil.” God had blessed Solomon and he wandered away from what was in front of his eyes all along.
Tia gave two more dramatizations and Donna gave a spiritual explanation of each one. The ladies really enjoyed these dramatizations.
The ladies discussed some ideas for the ladies tea to be held May 12th at 4:00 in the afternoon. The ladies will not meet for their regular monthly meeting in May because of the tea being scheduled that same week. The ladies discussed some other projects that were upcoming including the graduation tea to be held in May. The ladies agreed to help with some flood needs that were presented at the meeting;
Donna and Tia reported that they have been looking for a DVD series for the ladies to use in Sunday School this summer but that so far they had not come up with anything appropriate.
Door prizes of flowers were given to Brenda Adams, Karen Dingess and Opal Bell.
Lucille McDonald moved to adjourn the meeting and Opal Bell seconded the motion
Those attending were: Evelyn Adams, Donna Miller, Tia Miller, Sharon Lowe, Muggs McNeely, Gladys Vance, Karen Dingess, Brenda Adams, Shirley Ruggles, Rosemary Adams, Diana Brewster, Mary Jane and Alfreda Burns, and Opal Bell.