A day of fun, fellowship, learning and delicious food was enjoyed (see accompanying photo) by the United Methodist Women of Art, Trinity and Hilda as we gathered for our annual Mission Study. This year’s study was on Immigration, based on the book, Immigration and the Bible-a guide for radical welcome by Joan M. Maruskin. Ms. Maruskin is a United Methodist minister serving in Pennsylvania and is the National Administrator of the Church World Service Immigration and Refugee Program (CWSIRP) Religious Services Program, which provides spiritual care to immigrant detainees of all faiths in government-run immigration detention centers. She is also the founder of the People of the Golden Vision, an interfaith immigrants’ rights group. The study was an overall view of Biblical and theological teachings into the understandings of immigration and migration, including instructions for practicing radical inclusive hospitality to those who come to our country seeking safety, sanctuary, and sustenance. The group welcomed each other’s dialogue with honor and respect and we all found the study to be a spiritual and informational journey given such a complex topic.
Please pray for Pastor Cliff and the prison teams that are in Karnes City for four days this week. They are ministering to the inmates of the Connelly Prison Unit simply by sharing cookies and the agape love of Jesus Christ………….”And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” And Jesus answered them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25: 39-40)
Please pray for the family and friends of the Koontz Family from Brackettville. Madison, Marley and their parents were killed in an automobile accident as they were returning home from their high school’s “One Act Play” competition. Their brother Zach was with them and did survive.
As always, we continue prayers for our service men and women and our homebound and nursing home friends and members as well as for our country and for rain.
Happy Belated Birthday to Terra Burdette, Sherry Kothmann Clauson, Monica Cotter, Jackson Calhoun, and Jordan Dyess. Hope all your birthday wishes came true! Upcoming birthdays include Joe David Yates on the 17th, Sam Hoerster, IV on the 18th, David Vater and Peggy Brown on the 20th, Dorothy Asbill on the 21st, William Howard and Bob Davee on the 22nd. Happy Birthday to all! Those celebrating anniversaries will be Dick and Dorris Ann Pierson on the 18th and Kenneth and Virginia Durst on the 23rd. Happy Anniversary!
The Trinity/Art Bible Study on Prayer continues each Wednesday. The study at Trinity UMC in Castell is from 10:30am-noon. We are so happy that several of the St. John Lutheran Church members have joined us for the study. The study at Art UMC is from 6:00-7:30pm. Everyone is welcome and it’s never too late to come join us.
Last Sunday was the 3rd Sunday in Eastertide and the Scripture Lesson was taken from James 5: 13-18. We are taught that God honors unity in prayer. Unity is a very important part of prayer as proclaimed in Psalm 133. Unity among believers in their actions and prayers pleases God and He blesses them. We are to pray in the name of the Lord, giving all honor and glory and knowing that God is the source of all healing and of all answered or unanswered prayers. Many times prayers bear little fruit, but the prayer of faith, unconditional, unqualified trust and love gets answers. The effective fervent prayer is shown in the scripture’s example of how Elijah prayed earnestly and frequently that it would not rain. He prayed sincerely, without any distractions and in genuine heart-felt communication with God. God answered his prayers.
In Matthew 7, verse 8, God promises to answer all genuine prayer. Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you, for everyone who does such will receive an answer.
Peace to all