It’s another great day in Art. The sun is bright and we wait for the rain, snow and sleet that is going to be here on Tuesday. And by the time you read the paper, the sun will be shining again. I hope you had a merry Christmas and will have a great New Year.
Happy birthday wishes go to Anna Grace Durst on January 3rd and to Clara Cochran, Marian Leifeste’s great granddaughter, on her second birthday on January 3rd. Also, Stephen Mutschink is planning a great birthday on January 4th and Carol Jordan will celebrate on January 6th. Roger and Tyra Jordan are celebrating their 40th anniversary with a big dinner after church on January 3rd. John and Susie Jordan celebrate their 24th anniversary on January 4th and Sam and Jessica Hoerster will be celebrating their 4th anniversary on January 7th. Start the New Year with a big bang.
We offer our sincere condolences to Barbara Krause and her extended family after the sudden death of her father Melvin Eckert. May God give you great comfort at this time. Our prayers are with you.
The church was packed for the Christmas Eve Service. The offering for the food Bank amounted to $1017 which was matched by an anonymous giver in Mason.
Continue to pray for Andrew Kothmann as he recovers from pneumonia. I visited with him on Sunday afternoon and he was coughing a little but in good spirits. Keep Pearl Leifeste and Etta Marie Mutschink in your prayers. Also pray for healing for Wayne Jordan and Anna Grace Durst. Pray for safety of all travelers, pray for a cure for cancer, pray for the leaders of our country and the safety of all troops everywhere.
We had a lot of visitors in church: Nea Young’s sister Janice and her husband Tom Mumford of McAllen, Mark and Leslie Mutschink of Dallas, Barry and Michelle Jordan with Kaylee, Kammeron, and twins Kaden and Kyler, David Vater’s daughter and her family, and Monica and Bill Cotter’s three grandchildren. Also present were Cindy and Todd Jordan with Annette, Turner and Emmy and Matt and Diana Jordan with Laura and Sophia. And, it was great to have Maria Mutis play for our service. What a merry crowd!
Stephen Mutschink preached using an interesting scripture from Mark 3:31-35 where Jesus describes everyone who shall do the will of God as His brother, His sister and His mother. Family includes everyone; a Christian family includes all believers. The reason for the Christmas season is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, God’s Son sent to save us from our sins. Christmas involves feasting, shopping, giving and receiving gifts, decorating the tree, singing of carols. But the gathering of family members to celebrate the birth of Christ is the greatest joy of Christmas. Jesus considers everyone who follows the will of God as His family. This includes all who believe in Jesus Christ our Savior.
Jesus’ family traveled together to Bethlehem where Jesus was born. They traveled to Egypt to escape the wrath of King Herod. They returned when God told them it was safe and they went to Nazareth where Jesus grew in wisdom and in strength. The family traveled to Bethlehem where Jesus met with the church leaders and astonished them with his knowledge.
Reach out to God’s family. Serve others. Our church sent 120 boxes of presents and a great deal of clothing to the families in Mexico. Christmas dinner was fed to families in Mason by a local church. The opportunities for service abound; look for these opportunities in life.
Have a great New Year in 2010!