“Her children rise up and call her blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied); and her husband boasts of and praises her.” Proverbs 31:28. Hope you had a great Mother’s Day!
Summer must be here. It sure feels like it with all of the high temperatures and a small promise for rain. Keep praying for rain.
Happy birthday wishes go to Steve Toone on May 16th, to six year old Rylan Jace Fuqua on May 17th, to Dick Pierson on May 17th, to Jeri Kay Jordan on May 19th and to Kelly Kothmann on May 21st. And, happy 5th anniversary to Brad and Brandy Kothmann on May 15th. You all have a great special day.
We thank Ken and Brenda Kothmann for the beautiful red and white carnations for Mother’s Day. And we thank Virginia Durst for beautiful basket of flowers on the altar in honor of mothers. We surely want to thank the Art Men’s Choir for their song “Happy the Home When God is There” and their rousing rendition of “Deeper, Deeper”. They may be small in number but they are huge in talent. Thanks to everyone who made the day very special.
Our condolences go to the family of eighteen month old Summer Brianne Holt, especially her parents, David and Michelle Holt, after her untimely death on May 7th. And we also express our sympathy for the family of Jim Grohman, especially his wife Pat after his death. Our sympathy is also extended to the family of Mary Frances Durst after her death last week.
Remember that God loves you all so much. He is preparing a place in Heaven for us where we will eternally be with Him in unbelievable joy, praising God and singing with the angels. God will give you comfort on Earth that will help when things happen that are unexplainable. Study his Word. Pray to Him, believe and ask for comfort in Jesus’ name. He will give your rest. Praise God!
Prayers were requested for Monica Cotter, Florence Blake, Jatelyn Waite, Anna Grace Durst, Carlita Jordan, Karen Watson and Dick and Dorris Ann Pierson.
Our visitors included Bob and Joanne Davee, Warren and Corry Fleniken, Matt and Diana Jordan with their two daughters Laura and Sophia. Also Roger and Tyra Jordan are babysitting their grandchildren Turner and Emme while their parents, Todd and Cindy and daughter Annette, pack to move to their new home this week. Pray for a safe move.
Reverend Mark Krause explained that John had a special with Jesus Christ and it is reflected in his writing. The Gospel scripture for Mother’s Day was John 15:1-8. The sermon was titled “Staying Connected.”
Jesus said that “I am the True Vine, and My Father is the Vine dresser.” When Jesus ascended into Heaven, He left us the Holy Spirit so that all of us can walk with Him daily, any time, any where. The disciples had experienced the love of God by seeing Jesus as He went about preaching and healing. Even in times of difficulty, they stayed with Jesus to bear fruit for God. Jesus proclaimed the great truth even unto death. The disciples did not believe Him when He told them that He was going to leave to prepare a place for them.
He is the vine, we are the branches. Our relationship with God is vital for our survival. Our spiritual connection with God is important. His love brings us hope and we bear fruit by feeding the hungry, visiting the prisoners, healing the sick and lame.
Proclaim that Jesus Christ is the Lord! Happy is the home when God is there. Build a special relationship with Him. That special relationship will bring you eternal life and true happiness. Do not be distracted from your work for God. And the Holy Spirit will keep you connected, keep you going and working for God to His honor, glory and wisdom.
We need to understand that God is progressive, and sometimes He needs to prune us as He leads us to higher places.