What a great rain we had last week and now, with temperatures reaching near 70 for the week, praise God for all that He has done for us. Kathy and Wayne Jordan were blessed with a visit from Josh and Lorien Calhoun and their children – Jackson, Caleigh and Lincoln. They are returning to California where Josh is being assigned to the Aircraft Carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. It’s great to have these young people serve our country.
My grandson, Kyle Pierce, is serving on the Aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson which left Norfork on the 11th and is now off the island of Haiti. He is an aircraft controller and is busy guiding helicopters as they transfer food and supplies to the island.
Happy birthday to Ruby Toeppich on January 22nd and to Billy Wayne Koock also on the 22nd. Matt Jordan and Scott Ceynowa will celebrate on January 26th and Lena Slocum will have her party on January 28th. Josh and Lorien Calhoun celebrate their anniversary on January 25th and Jeff and Judy Kingston have their anniversary on January 27th. Have a great celebration on your special day.
Thanks to all who showed up to unload the Food Bank truck on Tuesday. The truck was about 2 hours late but we unloaded it in about 30 minutes.
Prayers were requested for Rick Surman, a friend of Carolyn Vater, who has cancer and also, Maribelle Hoerster who has shingles. Continue to pray for Andrew Kothmann who is doing great following his doctors’ orders to gain some weight. It was good to see Pearl Leifeste and Anna Grace Durst in church. Both of them are really doing fine and we enjoy seeing them out and about.
The Art Men’s Choir sang "Just a Closer Walk With Thee." This is a hymn that means so much to each of us and the men sang it with much love. Thanks for helping making the service great!
Rev. Krause’s sermon was titled "Ordinary to Extraordinary." The Gospel scripture comes from John 2:1-11. Jesus had just finished calling the disciples when He, His mother, Mary, and the disciples went to a wedding feast in Cana. The feast had been going on for a few days and the wine was getting low. Mary told Jesus: "They have no wine." She told the helpers to do whatever Jesus told them to do. Seeing six large stone jars, Jesus told the helpers to fill them with water. And they filled them up to the brim. Then Jesus told them to draw some out and bring it to the Master of Ceremonies and they did as He asked. When he tasted the water that had become wine, he called the bridegroom, complaining: "Every man at first brings the best wine; and when they have drunk, then that which is weak; but you have kept the best wine until now."
The wine Jesus made for the feast was extraordinary in quality. Jesus had changed ordinary water into superb wine. This was His first miracle. The disciples were there to see this first miracle. Mary knew of the power that Jesus had and she knew that to run out of wine would be a disgrace to the family. Jesus changed an ordinary wedding into an extraordinary wedding with great wine.
The disciples, seeing the miracle, were changed from ordinary men into extraordinary followers of Jesus. Can Jesus change you into a person that can make a difference in this world? The church is the place where God loves everybody and everybody loves God. Are you worthy of God’s great love? His great Power? Know that with God’s help nothing is impossible.
The church is not doing fully the work it is supposed to do. Jesus Christ can do anything. God created this world. He still provides the rain that falls on the fields and grows the grapes that make the best wine.
Let God use us to show others the way to eternal life. We can change the world. God will empower us and show us the way to the Light. Be an extraordinary person!