Today’s Lenten Lunch is at The River of Life Church at 12 noon. Next week’s lunch is March 19th at First United Methodist in Mason. Then on March 26th, lunch will be at the First Baptist Church hosted by the Art UMC women.
Next Sunday morning at 9 a.m., there is a community wide worship service in Heritage Park. This is the last gathering of the “Lock In” group and the community is invited to show their unity and support of these youngsters by all of the churches of Mason County.
Trinity UMC will then join Art UMC for worship at 11 a.m. this Sunday.
Happy birthday to Jerald Jordan on Mar. 18th and Happy Anniversary to Jerry and Terre Wade on Mar. 17th. Have a great special day!
Pastor Cliff’s sermon on the 1st Sunday of Lent was titled “Tempted by fear or trust in the Lord, how do you choose?” The first reading was from Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 and the Gospel reading was Matthew 4:1-11.
During Lent, we spend 40 days praying and fasting about avoiding cheap grace in our lives. Moses repented and fasted for 40 days in response to God’s people making the Golding calf. Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness enduring the temptation of Satan. Our 40 days can be about “accepting that we are accepted” by God, not by our merits but by God’s love, despite our sinful nature. Response-able grace is responding to God’s love with obedience to God’s ways, and by placing our complete faith and trust in the faithfulness of God.
Everyone is invited to carry a “Shema” as a reminder of our beliefs during Lent. Two of these are Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and Philippians 2:5-11. These are available as bulletin inserts or you may write them from your bible at home. Carry them wherever you go and read them whenever you think of Lent and God in your life. You do not have to tie it to your forehead or your arm as the Jews were required to do. You may write them on your gates or on your doorposts. It is important that you have them handy and read them many times a day. Let them inspire you to be a greater Christian.
The following is a report from Pastor Cliff:
Mision de Candelilla is a group of Christians in Fredericksburg that primarily provides pre and post natal and well baby clinics in 10 villages in northern Mexico. The Boquillas in the Chihuahuan Desert are just across the Rio Grande from the Big Bend National Park.
Last week, we were in San Miguel, the largest of the villages. San Miguel is unique in that it is near a paved road which leads to Múzquiz, a city of about 60,000. These villages have no public water supply, no electricity, and no sewage treatment. There is no public presence of police. No justice. Sometimes a member of the Zetas Cartel shows up and just “takes over” someone’s home. As you might know, such fear, that no one even talks about it. While we were there, you may have seen on the news that El Chapo, evil incarnate, was captured. We didn’t hear about it until we returned to the US, because there is no public access to internet, TV or anything else. There is no electricity but there are some homes with solar panels.
About 100 families live in San Miguel. Some folks from Mision de C have been going to their village for a long time. There is great love in San Miguel.
We finished a project that has taken 7 years. All of the villages have a public health problem with mosquitoes. So the Rotary Club funded the materials cost to provide screen windows and doors to all the homes in all the villages. The Rotary Club provided the funds to buy the wood and screening material. Joseph and I spent 4 ten hour days running chop saws. The folks of San Miguel worked on two separate building lines, one for doors and one for windows.
While we worked, others from Mision de Candelilla had a Vacation Bible School for the 68 children. We all gathered after supper each day, for worship. There is one small church in San Miguel, but we worshipped in a public pavilion on the school grounds. Rotary San Marcos provides school back packs for all 10 villages each year. On Friday, 19 children, ages 11-13, accepted Jesus as their savior.
It was a week in which God was glorified. We prayed together, ate meals together, worked hard together, and worshiped together. There were lots of tears, lots of joy, and lots of hope. Lives were changed, on both sides of the Rio Grande.