It's going to be a long hot summer. We went to San Antonio because Lisa was going home on Tuesday and the concrete there was real hot. Pray for rain.
Birthdays this week include John Mutschink on the 28th, Max Jordan on the 30th and Daniel Victor Dursts 6th birthday on July 1st. Have a great and special day. Celebrating their anniversaries on the 26th are John and Teresa Koock, Michael and Leslie Cope and on the 29th, Jerald and Vondell Jordan celebrate. Have a great day!
Our prayers continue for Tina Carter as she prepares for surgery. Pray for Anna Grace Durst, Monica Cotter and Andrew Kothmann. And by now, Kathy Jordan should be home from Nashville.
The Art Mens Choir provided the special music with a rousing rendition of Since I Have Been Redeemed.
And I failed to mention last weeks special musical recitation of all of the Books of the Bible by Dannie and Becca Strovel, granddaughters of Marge and Don Boyd. Even Pastor Mark didnt think he could name all the books that well. Thanks a lot girls!
Remember Vacation Bible School starts on July 6th at First United Methodist. Tyra Jordan needs your help and contributions to feed all the kids and helpers. Give generously.
We were glad to have David and Saundra Hughes from Crowley visiting church on Sunday. Also Ted Durst, Clinton and Anna Grace Durst's son from Chicago, and his friend Mark Britt. It was good to have them all here.
There was a good group to help fill the Food Bank baskets last Wednesday. Many hands made quick work and we enjoyed a group lunch afterwards at Northside Cafe. Remember that the boxes be given out on the 6th of July; if you can help, please let Pastor Mark know.
The sermon this week was entitled Surviving the Storms. The Gospel Scripture was Mark 4:35-41, the story of Jesus with the disciples in the boat where he rebuked the waves after the frightened disciples woke him. All he had to do was say Be still and the waves ceased and there was a great calm.
God helps us to survive the storms in life, especially the spiritual storms, this was a serious storm especially as they can be on the Sea of Galilee. We wonder why these professional fishermen would go out in such weather. The disciples began to panic as the waves increased but they had seen the power of Jesus, they had seen Him perform miracles, heal people, and they knew His Power well. They called upon Him in their fear.
Do you really know the Power of Jesus? Do you completely know what He can do for you? And are you still learning more about the power of Jesus? Our study of Jesus' life helps us to understand exactly who He is and why He came, what He did and what He did for us. Do not doubt His power and love. He knows us and loves us deeply. He will never forsake or leave us. He is our Lord, teacher, healer, protector, Savior, and guide. He is a pathway to eternal life. Jesus is the very essence of our life. He will guide us through the storms.
Jesus quieted the storms with only a few words. Don't lose sight of what He can do for you. He said to come to Him when you are weary and you will find rest in Him; He has the power to save all of us.
Through the serious storms of life our survival depends on our faith. Jesus is in the boat with us before, during and after the storms of life.
Life is not easy. Learn about Jesus. Talk to Him daily. Enjoy his creation. His love abounds. Be joyful in the Lord, giving praise and thanks for His help during the storms of life that bring us closer to Him.