On a beautiful winter day in the Texas Hill Country, you can see the glory of God’s love all around us. How can one not have faith and love for our Creator! We have faith that our car will start, faith that our school districts will teach our children the best curriculum available, faith in our banks to keep our money safe, and the list goes on and on. How about being hoisted up a 400 ft. cell tower by a cable? I watched this last week as a crew replaced communication cables at a cell tower near my home. I’m sure it would take a lot of faith and trust to do this kind of job. That crew was putting their faith not only on the equipment to work properly, but in the ground crew operating the lift equipment. We all know that there is not a 100% guarantee that things will go as planned in any of these situations. Maybe 99%, but not 100%! It is comforting to know that when we place our faith and trust in our Lord and Savoir Jesus Christ, there is a 100% guarantee. We can trust the One who shed his blood for us and secured our future. Because of this, if we give Him our faith, trust, and obedience, He will give us our eternity.
Just a reminder that today is Ash Wednesday. There will be a Lenten Luncheon today at noon, at the River of Life Church in Mason which will be hosted by Hilda UMC. Everyone is invited and the lunch is by donation if you desire to do so. The Art UMC Ash Wednesday service will be a 6:00pm tonight and Trinity UMC will join St. John’s Lutheran Church tonight at 7:00pm for their Ash Wednesday service. The Art Confirmation class will meet this Friday, February 15, from 3:30-5pm. University UMC in San Antonio will be hosting the Prison Ministry Training this Saturday, February 16th, from 9-1:00pm. The next Lenten Luncheon will be held next Wednesday, February 20th, at the First Baptist Church in Mason. Trinity UMC and Art UMC will provide the lunch at noon.
Happy Birthday wishes go out to Garret Bibb on the 15th, Pierre Pertrilla on the 14th, Kimberly Pertrilla on the 16th, Emily Jordan Rhode on the 17th, and Amber Sanders on the 19th.
Happy Anniversary to Joe David and Heather Yates on the 14th. Let the celebrating begin!
What is the Season of Lent? It is the Church season between Ash Wednesday and Easter. The Lenten Season lasts for 40 days, not including Sundays. This is the time that Jesus spent in the wilderness fasting and praying and being tempted by Satan. During Lent, we as Christians look at our own struggle with temptation. After all, Jesus himself was tempted. Even He depended on our heavenly Father and Scripture to sustain Him. The Lenten Season is a time when we reconnect with God through contemplation, penitence, fasting and introspection to face our sins and difficulties, thus giving us the strength to repent and move past them. It is a time of focus and healing—the time of preparation before Easter. Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the Lenten Season. In ancient times, slaves were branded with a mark on their forehead to show the world that they belonged to another and were not their own person. Down through the centuries, early Christians adopted this practice (using ashes) as a way to begin the season of Lent. The ashes were symbolic of repentance and purification. The forehead of each Christian was marked with the ashes in the symbol of the cross. This was a way of saying to the entire world, “I am not my own, I belong to Christ.” This practice continues today.
Peace to all