And the rain came and the clouds persisted for most of the week. But the sun was shining on Saturday and it was a great day to celebrate and watch the fireworks. Thanks to Kevin and Tennile Kothmann for the great fireworks show and all of the food.
John Wayne Sanders will celebrate his birthday on July 9th and Johnita Bohmfalk’s great grandson, Daniel Ullrich, will be five years old on July 12th. And Kathy Jordan will celebrate her birthday on July 15th. Have a great party on your special day.
We had a great number of children in church waiting to attend Vacation Bible School this week at St Paul Lutheran Church. Tyra Jordan and her crew are busy getting the food and snacks ready for kids and teachers. We also welcomed as visitors Doug, Allison, Rosemary and Gail Fogle from Houston.
Continue to pray for healing for Kathy Jordan so that she may be able to swallow. Logan Toone’s surgery was successful and he continues to heal. Jane Krause is having her back surgery on Tuesday.
The Art Men’s Choir inspired us with their beautiful 4th of July special "God Save America".
We welcomed Ferd and Lori Slocum as members of the Art UMC by transfer from First UMC. It is great to have them as members. Lori is our very talented organist.
Rev. Krause will be in training for a month. His sermon was titled "Sacrificial Love" and the New Testament lesson was from Galatians 6:1-10. These are the words of Paul to the Galatians, instructing them about dealing with their misconduct and sin of any sort.
The United States of America was founded on God’s Holy name. So many people have sacrificed for our country. We are free because of their love of country.
We are all human and need to be reminded of the responsibilities that are required because of our faith. We need to learn how to grow in God’s love. Selfishness is a human trait. We all have selfish needs. It is sometimes hard to be a Christian.
Paul was tough on the Galatians. He reminded them of God’s requirements – take in the homeless, share the wealth, care for the widows, bare your neighbor’s burdens, don’t believe that you are superior than your neighbors. Let every person scrutinize and examine and test his own conduct and work (verse 4). Share all good things with your teacher of the Word of God (verse 6).
Pray for others. Don’t let the devil cause trouble that keeps you from God’s love. Test your own works because as a Christian, you are a reflection of God. Do what God would do.
Lean on God; care for the needs of others; Do good to all people. With God, all things are possible. Seek God’s will and love as Jesus loved. Bare one another’s burdens. Do good everywhere. Be good to your enemies.
Jesus Christ walked in pure sacrificial love. Without God we would not have true freedom. Strive to walk with Jesus. Trust everybody just as Jesus Christ did.
God’s love is perfect. He provided us a way to save us from our sins. We are God’s children. Act like it.