The cold weather has changed to warm for a few days and it sure is nice. The heavy fog in San Antonio this Monday morning makes us hopeful that rain will come soon with spring. Continue to pray for rain.
There are three birthdays for Art people on the first day of February: Nea Young, Tina Sanders and Marian Leifeste. Peggy Jordan celebrates her birthday on February 5th. All of you have a really great special day. You deserve it.
I offer my sympathy and my love to the children of my sister, Jean Horton, as she passes into the glorious presence of God. To her oldest daughter Linda and her children Royce and Roseanne, and Jean’s first great grandchild Alexis, born January 18th, to her son Bill, wife Brenda and son B.J., and to her youngest daughter Sandra, her husband Stan and their son Kyle, goes all my love forever. There is a special place in our lives for my daughter Lisa and her husband William. The ranch will always be the place that keeps us together, rooted and grounded in our faith, love and heritage. Find comfort in knowing that her pain is over. We have a merciful, loving God caring for Jean.
Healing prayers were requested for Barbara Walker, Carolyn Vater’s cousin. Carlita Jordan is home and doing much better. Continue to pray for our country’s leaders and God’s guidance as they work to solve problems.
Our Church Administrative Council will meet on Sunday, February 1st, after church with a covered dish lunch. The Finance Committee will meet first.
It was great to have Josh and Lorien Calhoun visiting in church with their three beautiful children, Jackson, Caliegh and Lincoln. Kathy and Wayne are really proud of their family and they should be. Come back soon and may God continue to bless you all. We all thank Josh for his service in the Navy.
Just a reminder that the Art Men’s Choir will practice on Wednesday, February, 4th, at 6:00 p.m.
Reverend Krause’s sermon was tilted “Great Joy” and was inspired by Acts 7:59 to 8:8. As Stephen was being stoned, he prayed to the Lord that the sins of his accusers would not be held against them. And he died asking the Lord to receive and accept and welcome his spirit.
And Saul consented to the death and was pleased with his work. And great and severe persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem by these hard hearted people. The Christians scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. But God’s apostles, special messengers of devout men, carried and buried Stephen with much lamination over him.
Saul continued to shamefully treat and lay waste to the church, dragging believing men and women from their houses and putting them in prison.
The scattered church leaders continued to preach the glad tidings, the attainment of salvation through Christ’s sacrifice. Led by Philip, the deacon, (not the apostle), one of the seven that helped distribute food to the widows, who went into the city of Samaria, proclaiming the Messiah to the people. Foul spirits came out of some people with great shouts of joy and many were healed of palsy and crippled people were restored to health. And there was great rejoicing in the city.
Pray for those who are not open to the Holy Spirit and the preaching of the Gospel. Let the Holy Spirit work in your heart and receive the power of God that you may serve Him continually in all of the earth. Let the world be like Samaria, filled with joy because of Philip’s message and God’s love. God did signs and wonders that the people could see.
Our freedom may close our minds to the troubles in the world. But really believe that God crated the earth and the Heavens and can still perform miracles in this world today. Believe that God works wonders today. Believe that God Is still in control of our lives. He can do anything and everything.
Pray to the Father that the great love of the Father will shine in us forever.
I do want to express my appreciation to Pastor Mark for his great help to our family and his inspirational words during Jean’s Memorial Service, funeral and burial. And we are very thankful to the ladies of the church for providing lunch on Sunday. And thanks for all of the prayers, flowers and words of comfort. The Art church is so very precious to me and Jean’s family and we love all of you.