Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter along with the added blessing of a little rain! The Art UMC Children’s Choir and visiting children had a “rain kissed” Easter Egg Hunt. In the included photo, the Children’s Choir is singing “The Butterfly Song.” With the beautiful butterfly stained glass window, the lighted empty cross and the lovely symbolic Easter lilies, we could feel and see the glory of our risen Lord through their enthaustic performance. The children made and presented everyone with a beautiful butterfly magnet which included a story, which I quote:
The four stages of the butterfly remind us of the life of Christ. First, the egg reminds us of Christ coming as a baby. The caterpillar represents His earthly walk on earth. The chrysalis reminds us of His death and burial. The beautiful butterfly is the symbol of new life that Jesus gave us as He defeated death! Each time you see a butterfly, stop and thank God for the gift of His Son and the promise of eternal life with Him!
Beginning this Wednesday, April 3, 2013, Pastor Cliff will begin a new bible study on Prayer. The study will be held at Trinity UMC in Castell starting at 10:30-noon and at Art UMC in Art from 6:00-7:30pm every Wednesday. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Next week on Tuesday, April 9th, the United Methodist Women from Art, Trinity and Hilda will meet at Art UMC at 10:00am for a presentation on Immigration and the Bible. There will be a luncheon and Joyce Mutschink is the coordinator. This will be an interesting study and everyone is encouraged to attend.
The Confirmation Class will meet each Friday of April from 3:30 to 5pm.
The Mason Soup Kitchen will meet and prepare meals at the Mason ISD Cafeteria on Saturday, April 6th at 8:00am. All surrounding communities are encouraged to come and help.
The Kairos Prison Ministry will meet at the Karnes City UMC also this Saturday, April 6th.
The Art UMC will be handing out food boxes at the Mason Food Bank on Monday, April 8th, from 2:00-5:30pm.
Art UMC will have a Pastor, PPR Chair, and Lay Leader meeting at 9:30am on Monday, April 8th.
April birthday wishes for this week include, Kyle Pierce on the 1st, Caleigh Calhoun, Lee Jordan, and Michael Cope on the 3rd, and Lane Ciomperik on the 4th. Happy Birthday to all! Happy Anniversary to Stuart and Julie Jordan on the 4th and to Herman and Jimmie Hitzfelder on the 9th. Congratulations!
In addition to the above mentioned events last Easter Sunday, the Men’s Choir sang “The Easter Song” and Kassidy Norris sang a beautiful song she wrote along with the reaffirmation of her baptism vows. We also had three new baptisms and a testimony by Tabatha Cunningham. We welcomed Micaela Cunningham, Trinity Cunningham, and Ashlyn Gleghorn into Christ’s Holy Church through baptism. Tabatha’s encouraging heart-felt account of her journey to Christ was a blessed reminder that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. (Phil. 4:13)
The Good News Reading was Luke 24: 1-12, The Resurrection. Early in the morning on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene, Joanna and Mary, the mother of James along with several others went to the tomb. They found the stone had been rolled away from the entrance to the tomb. They went inside the tomb and found the undisturbed burial cloth wrappings that had encased Jesus’ body. His body was gone and there were two men (angels) in bright, shining garments standing in the empty tomb. Verse 5 tells of the groups fear when seeing these men and how they were questioned as to why they had come to seek the dead among the living. The angels reminded them of how Jesus had told them earlier, “The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” They returned from the tomb and in telling what they had encountered, were greeted with skepticism. Peter arose and ran to the tomb (remembering his three times of denying Christ as was predicted by Christ himself at the last supper) and found it empty. Peter left, marveling to himself at what had happened.
Jesus Christ came to love, to teach, to shed His blood, to suffer, to die a horrible death, and to rise from the dead so that we would have eternal life. He left with us, the power of the Holy Spirit to dwell within us as our helper and guide. Above all, we have His word that He will return. The Lord has risen, the Lord has risen indeed! Peace to all