It’s a beautiful, windy and cool Monday in downtown Art. We get a little bit spoiled after the great week we just had.
Next Monday, November 23rd, is the 96th birthday of Clara McInnis, the mother of Virginia Durst. Clara is a great inspiration to all of us and she doesn’t look a day older than 70. Have a great day Clara. Also on the 23rd, Judy Kothmann and Barry Jordan celebrate their birthdays. Then, Roger Jordan celebrates his birthday on November 24th and Deborah Baxter’s special day is on the 25th. Max and Jan Jordan will celebrate their anniversary on November 24th and Stephen and Joyce Mutschink’s anniversary is on the 25th. Have a really great special day!
Continue to pray for Anna Grace Durst, Andrew Kothmann, Pearl Leifeste and Etta Marie Mutschink. Continue to pray for healing for Wayne Jordan and for Kathy Jordan’s mother. And keep Frances Toeppich’s mother in your prayers. Our service men and their families are in our thoughts and prayers during the holidays. Most of our families have relatives and friends serving to keep us all safe in this unsure world. Service people are very dear to all of us and they need God’s protection all of the time.
We always enjoy having people from the Teen Challenge present their testimonies and music as a part of the church service. The six girls and their leader represent the 30 girls in the program in San Antonio. This program is a 13 month commitment for girls and boys desiring to improve their lives in a Christian environment and recover from previous involvement with drugs and abuse. This was a great opportunity for us to meet them, share food and fellowship. Besides praying and learning to have faith in God, they spend part of their time making and selling beautiful crosses, plaques and jewelry to help support their stay. Thanks to the ladies for their inspirational visit.
Along with the First UMC of Mason, we’re asking for help to provide a Thanksgiving dinner for most of these same families who receive support from the food bank. Give generously to this cause as you are able.
On Monday, December 7th, Art church will work at the food bank handing out food boxes. Help will be needed from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. We’ll be adding a bag of Christmas treats to each box. If you’d like to bake cookies or something else for these bags, please bring them to Church on December 6th. The treats will be packed after church. Hope to see you there to help deliver the food boxes.
And, the shoe boxes for Mexico are now available for you to take home and fill. The lists of items that go in the boxes are in the back of the church. Please have the filled boxes back at church by Sunday, December 13.
Then, next Sunday, November 22nd we will decorate the church for Christmas with the "Hanging of the Greens" program. We will start at 9:00 a.m. with all of the fun and fellowship. There will be no Sunday School on that day but there should be time to practice the Christmas music.
Practice for the Christmas singing will continue on Sunday, either after church or in the evening. The special Christmas music and pot luck luncheon will be held after church on December 13th.
The Parsonage Christmas party will be held Saturday, December 5th at 6:00 p.m. It will be a pot luck dinner with Chinese gift exchange following. It will be held in the fellowship hall of the church.
I hope you are planning a great Thanksgiving Day with family and friends. Include someone in need when you can. God bless you all.