Last Sunday I heard the most beautiful music and singing coming from the Art Children’s Sunday school classroom, so naturally I had to investigate. The children were practicing for their Easter Service Children’s Choir presentation. Pictured (back row, L to R) is Amber Sanders, John Sanders, Laura Lewis (music teacher), and Ashlyn Gleghorn, (front row, L to R) Cassidy Norrs, Trinity Cunningham, James Gleghorn, Micaela Cunningham, and Brooklyn Gleghorn. These kids are really doing a great job and they are excited about praising the Lord through music.
We have a busy week with lots of activities going on and Spring Break right on our heels! This week’s Lenten Lunch will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Mason at noon. Please make plans to attend. This is a wonderful opportunity for fellowship, food, and a Lenten message from our local pastors as we prepare for Easter. The Art Confirmation Class will meet on Friday, March 8th, from 3:30-5pm. Trinity and Art will be having a special birthday party for Johnita Bohmfalk from 2-4pm on Saturday, March 9th, at the Walden Court Assisted Living in Llano. All her friends and relatives are invited to stop by and wish this special lady a happy birthday.
The Kairos Prison Ministry will be meeting at University UMC in San Antonio on Saturday, March 9th, from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Trinity UMC will have an Evangelism planning meeting on Monday, March 11th. Please call Dee Dee Fiedler for details. There will also be a Pastor, PPR Chair, and Lay Leader meeting at Art UMC on Monday, March 11th, at 9:30 am.
The Art/Trinity United Methodist Women will have their meeting at 2:30pm on Tuesday, March 12th, at the Trinity UMC Fellowship Hall in Castell. Shirley Davis will be the hostess and our special guest will be Vicki Smith from Boerne. Vicki will be presenting a program on The Uganda Tree of Life Ministries. The Art/Trinity UMW chose this ministry as one of our Mission Outreach projects last year so this will be a welcomed first hand presentation. Everyone is invited to attend.
Happy Birthday wishes go to Tyra Jordan on the 6th, Cindy Jordan Ashby, Eric Kloepper, and Jordana Miiller on the 9th. Happy Anniversary to David and Carolyn Vater on the 7th, and Nathaniel and Wanda Jordan on the 11th. Let the celebrating begin!
Last Sunday was the third Sunday in Lent. The Gospel was taken from Luke 13: 1-9. Two subjects are discussed in the reading. Repentance and Fruitfulness. Pilate was known for his evilness and insensitivity to the Jewish people early in his rule and he had no qualms about shedding their blood when sacrifices were being offered in the temple. In ancient times it was believed that those who were very sinful would meet tragic physical deaths. This conclusion was common belief, but not always true. Jesus said that all sinners stand at the edge of calamity and destruction until they repent. He was referring to spiritual death not physical death. His words were to reinforce the necessity of repentance so one does not die a physical death outside of God’s grace.
In the parable of the fig tree, Jesus refers to the fig tree as the people of Israel and the man in the parable is God. The lesson is that God has given spiritual instructions and privileges and He has a right to expect fruit. There is danger in not producing requested fruit by God. In this case God had been merciful with Israel, but yet they were still to be judged. Three years to bear fruit seemed a reasonable amount of time for testing fruitfulness. God expects us to bear fruit also and there will be judgment if we don’t. How do we bear fruit? Pastor Cliff said we start to bear fruit from joyful obedience out of gratitude. We must ask God where He is calling us and let Him know we are ready to be obedient to His call. It could be praying for our neighbors, simple acts of kindness and love, sharing how knowing the love and promise of Jesus can help through sorrow and loss, helping at a food bank, and the list goes on and on. Pastor Cliff left us with a question that pretty much sums up the lesson in the fig tree parable. “Who’s new in the pew because God used you?”
Peace to all