Last week I had the privilege of learning about the life of a modern day believer and disciple of Jesus Christ. Sadly, it had to be at her funeral. Pearl Leifeste of Art passed away on January 27th, at the age of 100. I had met Pearl and spoke with her briefly at church on the few occasions when she was able to attend. I knew she had been a long time member of Art UMC and that she loved the Lord and her church. Wow, did she ever! Her whole life had been centered around her church, family, and home. She and her husband Reuben worked with the youth and she taught Sunday school for many years. She held every office available in the United Methodist Women. She never had a harsh word for anyone and witnessed to everyone through her actions and deeds. These were just a few of the accolades from her many friends and relatives who paid tribute and celebrated a life well lived. I’m sure she was welcomed by our Heavenly Father with these words, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”
Well folks, the weather has been looking mighty good so far this month. We just need some rain to get us rolling right along. Keep praying! February is shaping up to be a busy month, so let me fill you in on some upcoming events and meetings. The Art UMC Confirmation Class will meet this Friday, February 8th, from 3:30-5pm. The Trinity UMC monthly Fellowship Meal and Business Meeting will be held in the Cassandra Miiller Fellowship Hall after Sunday school, this Sunday, February 10th. Everyone is invited. The Art UMC Pastor, PPR Chair, and Lay Leader meeting will be at 9:30am, on Monday, February 11th. The Art/Trinity UMW meeting will be on Tuesday, February 12th, in the Art UMC Fellowship Hall. Susie Jordan will conduct the meeting and Joyce Mutschink will be the hostess. All ladies are welcome. Wednesday, February 13th, is Ash Wednesday. There will be a Lenten Lunch provided by Hilda UMC that will be held at the River of Life Church in Mason at noon. Please come. All communities are welcome.
The Art UMC Ash Wednesday service will be held at 6:00pm. Trinity UMC’s Ash Wednesday service will be combined with and held at the St. John’s Lutheran Church service in Castell at 7:00pm.
So, you just don’t know what to do for your loved one on Valentine’s Day?????? How does going to see Les Miserables at the Odeon Theater, getting two medium drinks, a medium popcorn, and free babysitting (if needed) sound? Well then if this sounds like your kind of date and you want to support the Mason Young Life Ministry at the same time, then hurry and go purchase your $24 per couple ticket at the Mason National Bank or from J.W. or Bonnie Harle by calling (214) 957-7913 or 7914, or from any Young Life Ministry member. The free babysitting will be provided by the River of Life Church. So, be at the Odeon Theater in Mason on Valentine’s Day at 7:00pm and have a great night out, all while supporting a great ministry. What a deal guys!
Happy Birthday wishes go to Judy Kingston on the 6th and Turner Ashby on the 10th. Have a great day and may all your birthday wishes come true!
Last Sunday was the 4th Sunday after the Epiphany. The Gospel Reading was Luke 4: 21-30
Jesus had grown up in the hill country of Galilee in Nazareth. Jesus, the carpenter’s son, as he was known, regularly participated and attended the public worship services at the synagogue.
This particular Sabbath, he read form the scroll a portion from (Isa61:1-2a) that dealt with the Messiah’s earthly ministry. He said, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Jesus claimed Messiahship! He made it clear that He was God’s messenger and that He had come for everyone. When Jesus mentioned how God had helped the two non-Israelites (the widow at Zarephath; 1st Kings 17:2-17 and Naaman, the Syrian; 2nd Kings 5:8-16) they were furious. They refused to accept this claim of the 30 year old carpenter’s son and they sought to cast him over a cliff. Jesus miraculously disappeared from the crowd. This was not His time to die, thus the fulfillment of the scriptures was well under way.
Peace to all