Enjoy these beautiful Fall days. The mornings are cool and the afternoons are very pleasant. We had a few scattered rain drops on Sunday and Monday. Get that wood cut and stacked on the porch because the cold stuff is coming soon.
There are no birthdays on my calendar until the 23rd. Have a great week.
Continue to pray for Anna Grace Durst, Andrew Kothmann, Pearl Leifeste and Etta Marie Mutschink. Also, keep Wayne Jordan in your prayers as he recovers from a fall. Keep Kathy Jordan’s mother in your prayers. And keep the families of those service men who lost their lives at Fort Hood last week. And may God comfort the people who were wounded during the shooting. Our service people are very dear to all of us; they need to be protected all of the time.
The Annual Church Charge Conference on Sunday afternoon brought out almost the entire congregation. The District Superintendent was well pleased with the many things our church is doing in the community. We are doing great with the finances of the church and look forward to completing the repairs to the windows and roofs that were damaged by the hail storm.
Next Sunday, November 15th, the Teen Challenge presentation will be a part of the church service. We are always inspired with the groups singing and testimonies. A Pot Luck dinner is planned for after church so bring your great food and deserts and enjoy food and fellowship with these young people. We will also be collecting money to buy all of the great things we will add to the Food Bank boxes for Christmas. There are about 90 families who need assistances this Christmas. The First UMC in Mason is also asking for help to provide a Thanksgiving dinner for most of these same families. And, the shoe boxes for Mexico are now available for you to take home and fill. There are a lot of things going on around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Give generously to these causes as you are able.
And be ready for the “Hanging of the Greens” starting at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 22nd. There will be no Sunday School on that day.
Practice for the Christmas singing will continue on Sunday, either after church or in the evening.
The Art Men’s Choir sang the beautiful hymn “Have a Little Talk With Jesus” with all of their hearts. Thanks for the beautiful singing and we also thank Maria Mutis for providing great violin music for the service.
“A Matter of Faith” was the title of Rev. Krause’s sermon. The Gospel scripture was from Mark 12:38-44. Jesus was comparing the giving of the scribes with the giving of a poor woman. The scribes wore their fancy garments as they seek to be seen in the Temple. They had the front seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts. They devoured the widows’ houses and attempted to make up for their sin by throwing large mounts of coins into the treasury. The poor widow quietly put in all that she had – two mites. Jesus called to the disciples and explained that the poverty-stricken widow had put in all that she had and had no more money to buy food while the rich people had given a small part of their abundance. Jesus told the disciples that the woman had put in more than all others contributing to the treasury.
We are blessed abundantly by God. The widow put her total faith in Jesus. We can put our total faith in God alone. The rich people put in a small part of their wealth. Seek God’s will and everything will fall into place. In II Chronicles 20:20-21, Jehoshaphat told the inhabitants of Judah; “Believe in the Lord your God and you shall be established; believe and remain steadfast to His prophets and you shall prosper.” He then sent singers to sing and praise the Lord as they went before the army into battle where the enemy was slaughtered. Praise God and look to Him for everything. God will provide; He is with us to help. We will be successful through God’s power and will.
In I Kings 17:13-14, Elijah told the woman at the well to bring Him a morsel of bread knowing that she had only a handful of meal and a little bit of oil. He told her to “Fear not; go and do as you have said. But make me a little cake of it first and bring it to me, and afterward prepare some for yourself and your son. For this says the Lord, the God of Israel: ‘The jar of meal shall not waste away and the bottle of oil fail until the day that the Lord sends rain on the earth.’”
In Luke 8:24-25, Jesus calmed the storm by censured and blamed and rebuked the wind and they ceased. Jesus said: “Why are ye so fearful? Where is your faith, your trust, your confidence in Me?” And they were seized with alarm but they marveled, saying to each other “Who then is this, that He commands even the wind and sea, and they obey Him?” They had seen Jesus heal the blind, raise the dead but they did not have great faith. It takes time for your faith to grow.
In Luke 17:5-6, the apostles asked Jesus to increase their faith, the trust and confidence that spring from our belief in God. And Jesus answered: “If you had faith in God even like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree. Be pulled up by the roots, and be planted in the sea, and it would be done.” We have to choose to call on God every day. Choose to believe and see around us the things that are happening.
Matthew 9:27-30 is the account of Jesus healing two blind men. They truly believed that Jesus had the power to heal their eyes. Choose to be a vessel of God. By faith we live each day. Thru faith, we have an intercessor. Open your eyes and see what the Lord has done for you. Live by faith; prayerfully serve on God’s team. Give to others by faith and your reward will be great.
The many blessings we have are hard to believe. Make the choice to live by faith. Seek God’s blessing each day. Praise God and give Him all the glory, honor and love.