Sunday was a beautiful day for Easter Sunday. After some early morning rain of almost half of an inch, the children were ready for some egg hunting and the adults were glad to rest in the shade. I hope that you all had a great Easter and remembered that God provided this occasion for us. Jesus is alive! He has risen from the grave and was victorious over death. Alleluia! Alleluia!
Birthdays for the next week are: Sam IV Hoerster on April 18th, Dorothy Asbill on April 21st, and Lois Koock on April 23rd. I failed to mention the first anniversary of Stuart and Julia Jordan on April 4th. Their address is 3904 Bienville Rd., Montgomery, AL 36109. I’m sure that they would like to hear from all of their friends. And, everybody celebrate on these great days.
Our joys included the great rain for which we thank our loving God, our many new visitors in church, the extended family members in attendance, and our beautiful church with the Easter lilies. We were especially glad to see Carlita Jordan, Florence Blake with her daughter Brenda Klotzbach , her husband Mark and daughter Emily, and Pearl Leifeste in church. We also welcomed Cindy Napper from Allen TX, Warren and Corry Fleniken from Junction, and Shannon and Charity Berry of Mason. Come back and see us often.
We also received two new members into our congregation as Don and Marge Boyd joined with us. They live on Mas-O-Llan Road and have been visiting for some time. We are happy to welcome you to the Art UMC. May God continue to bless you.
Our sincere expressions of sympathy go to the family of Mildred Farmer as she went into the eternal presence of God last Wednesday. She was a great lady and a close relative. She leaves a brother Melvin Leifeste and a son, Glen Farmer and his family. Our condolences also go to Monica Hinckley and her family after the death of her father.
Prayers for continued healing were requested for Carolyn Vater’s cousin, Barbara Walker, and for comfort for Barbara Krause’s sister Cindy as she deals with family problems.
The Art Church Choir provided the special Easter music by singing the inspirational hymn “Ye Sons and Daughters.” Thanks for adding to the service. Also, many thanks to Jan Jordan for her organ playing and thanks to Susan Ceynowa for her piano offertory on this special day.
Be sure to put the church picnic, happening on Sunday, April 26th, on your calendar. Bring your own families’ lunch and be ready for fun and games.
Rev. Mark Krause’s sermon “Restored Hope” was taken from 1 Corinthians 15:1-11. In this scripture, Paul lists the appearances of Jesus after His resurrection and describes their importance.
Jesus brought hope to the world with His resurrection and our faith is based on that event. Jesus came to save us from our sins. Without Jesus, we would have no hope. We now have a way to the Father and a true Christian life. Jesus is the pathway to the Father for all who believe and He is the way to eternal life. All of these events were foretold in the scriptures.
John the Baptist stated that Jesus was the Lamb of God who would take away the sins of the world. Jesus is in this world to minister to us. He suffered for us out of true love and He died for our sins. He ascended to heaven to intercede on our behalf. We were created to be in a relationship with God, but sin interfered. We need to ask God to come into our hearts so we can restore our relationship with Him.
We will also be raised from the dead just as Jesus was. As sinners, we are separated from the love of God. We live humanly in our sinful flesh. As believers, we are changed from self-centered individuals into Christ-centered Christians.
Now, today, grow closer to Christ as Jesus calls us by name. Accept His blessings. Pray, enjoy His creation. Serve others. Think of others and find joy in doing for others.
Share your testimony. Put your life on the line. It is important. Be convinced of the resurrection by the testimony of those who saw Him when he reappeared.
Open your eyes to the truth. Proclaim the Gospel. The seal on the bomb was broken, the stone was rolled away, the guards disappeared, His garments were neatly folded and laid where His head had been. These facts prove that he is alive.
Jesus died and is now alive. He is alive in this world. Believe truly in Jesus in your heart. He is the risen Christ. Alleluia! Alleluia!