It is a beautiful cool Spring Monday morning and everything is turning green. Thank God for the great rain last week that makes all of this possible. It’s time to get serious about your garden and flowers.
I missed David Vater’s birthday on April 20th, sorry about that, but remember Mark Krause’s birthday on April 30th. Have a great day Mark.
And congratulations to Shanna Loeffler and her new husband Zak Price on April 11th. They make a very attractive couple. Shanna works at the Senior Center and Zak is a real live cowboy. Have a great life together.
We are all concerned about the closing of the nursing home in Mason. This would be a real hardship for all of us. Pray that someone would be able to take it over and continue to make it work. If this does not happen, people would have to be relocated and many jobs would be lost. Keep this concern in your prayers.
We were pleased to have Jimmie and Jennifer Hitzfelder worship with us. Also, we were happy to see Florence Blake come with her son Glenn from Roswell. She is such a joy to us.
Our prayer requests included Paul Stockbridge as he has surgery, Harold Underwood who is having a procedure on Thursday, and Johnny for healing. Continue to pray for Monica Cotter, Anna Grace Durst, Carlita Jordan, Pearl Leifeste and Lois Koock.
Notice: our church picnic scheduled for next week has been canceled and everyone is encouraged to attend the Annual Spring Festival at St Joseph Catholic Church on Sunday, April 26th, after church. This is a great event and we all need to support it with our presence.
Rev. Krause’s sermon about “From Fear to Faith” was inspired by the Gospel scripture in John 20:19-30. This is the record of the disciples after Jesus had risen. They were afraid of what the Jews might do to them and they gathered behind closed doors. They had been with Jesus from the time they were first called to follow Him. They had seen him heal many people, heard His wonderful teachings, seen him raise people after they had been dead, and watched as He was tried and put to death. He then arose after three days.
He disciples had put their faith in Him. Now they huddled behind locked doors in fear and waited. They had not lost their faith in Him, but they went to the place where they had last seen Jesus. They supported each other with God’s love. They prayed for God’s guidance.
And Jesus appeared to them saying “Peace to you”. Fear not, He was always going to be with them. He had come from the Father. Their grief turned to joy. Jesus had told them before of the things that were going to happen to Him, but they had not understood. They did not realize that He would be gone from them for three days. And now, He was with them.
The disciples were only human. Their doubts only strengthened their faith.
Our faith grows by supporting each other by prayer and association in church. Fear and faith had brought the disciples closer to God. Do not let your doubts overcome you. Seek the truth; believe in Jesus; do not live in fear. God gives us His love, power and hope. Do not forget His promises. He is with us now, holding our hand. He has redeemed us; we are His. He had given us the Holy Spirit and wants us to spread the Word.
Your sins are forgiven. Do not fear. Become bold workers for Him. Help others know the love of God in their lives. Doubts may come, but remember that we are God’s children. Believe in Him.