Thank God for the beautiful rain. Some of you got good amounts and some, like the northeast part of the county, got little only about 5 tenths. But things look good and we can use more. Pray for rain.
Josh Calhoun has a birthday on August 7th and Michelle Burdette will celebrate her birthday on August 9th. Beth Williams celebrates her birthday on August 10th and Dorris Ann Pierson will have her party on August 11th. Andrew Kothmann will be 99 years old on August 12th. And John Ceynowa and Melrose Leifeste will also celebrate on August 12th. Be ready for some great parties!
Florence Blake is in the hospital in San Antonio and will be moved soon. Cards can be mailed to her daughter: Brenda Klotzbach, 6718 Ambush Dr., San Antonio TX 78240. Ruby Toeppich and I went to see her Sunday afternoon and she was happy and talking and looking great. Keep her in your prayers.
Also keep Tina Carter and her family in your prayers. She is in intensive care. Keep Steve Toone in your prayers as he recovers from surgery. Prayers were requested for Carolyn Vater’s friend Jack Turner who is recovering from a stroke and pray for the Jerry Williams family.
Also pray for Pastor Mark, Barbara and Matt as they travel on vacation and keep praying for Matt and the family as he leaves on Monday, the 10th, for basic training in the Navy. Our prayers and love go with you Matt and we are so proud of you for beginning your service. You will be a great Sailor. Also Sara Dixon, his sister, needs your prayers at this time.
Continue praying for Florence, Andrew, Monica Cotter, Anna Grace Durst and Etta Marie Mutschink.
It was good to have Maria Mutis playing the violin during the service. And it was great to have Nea Young home after her trip to Spain and other great places.
The UMW will meet on Tuesday, August 11th, at 2:30 p.m.
The new Church Directory is ready. Many, many thanks to Marge and Don Boyd, Virginia Durst, Barbara Krause and Ron Fritze for all of the hard work they did preparing the new directory. It’s easy it find names, addresses, phone numbers and birthdays and pictures. There is a place for new information and plenty of room for you to add a copy of the Prayer Chain and the monthly calendars, etc. Be sure to get your copy. Thanks Marge and Don for doing this for the church.
Rev. Krause’s sermon was titled “Why Follow Jesus?” and the Gospel lesson was from John 6:22-35.
A great crowd of people were following Jesus because He had just filled their stomachs. Jesus always gives us food for our bodies and He also gives us spiritual food. Why do we follow Jesus, come to church and sing? Do we want Jesus to do something for us? Do we want people to see our status in the community? Or do we truly appreciate what Jesus has done for us? Do we realize just how much we are blessed? Do we realize what the true love of Jesus is all about? And do we share this knowledge with others? Do you really know that your works are not going to get you into heaven?
Really know that you are a sinner. Know that your sins are truly forgiven. Believe in God and streams of living “water” will flow from you. This is what happened to John Wesley. He started in England with a small bible class of students that grew into more classes. These classes divided into more classes and expanded to other town and countries and into America in the mid 1700’s. The growth continued until he formed the Episcopal Methodist Church. He taught the students to do no harm, to do good, and to keep the ordinances of God. And the church continued to grow.
But as it always happens, some people begin to fall by the way. They did not seek God with all of their heart and did not love their neighbor as they loved themselves. But the church always prevails.
Give your heart to God and some sweet day, you will be with the Lord in paradise.