Pray for rain! It’s hot and very dry out there.
Remember Andrew Kothmann’s 100th Birthday Party on Saturday, August 14th, in The Art United Methodist Church. We will party from 1 to 4 PM. Andrew’s real birth date is the 12th and there is much celebration going on early with family members coming from far and wide. See you on Saturday.
Other birthday celebrations during the middle of August are for Davis Charles Rosberg 2nd on the 14th, for Barbara Foster on the 15th, for Annette Ashby 8th also on the 15th, for Danny Mac Jordan on the 17th, for Susan Ceynowa on the 18th and for Brandy Lewis on the 19th. Also, on the 19th, Mark and Barbara Krause celebrate their 31st anniversary and Sam and Maribelle Hoerster celebrate their 48th anniversary. Be sure to have a great special day.
Kenneth Kothmann’s operation went well and he came home Sunday afternoon. Lori Slocum’s son Taylor and a friend Jacob Beam were involved in the collapse of some scaffolding. Taylor landed on his feet and was not injured but Jacob was seriously injured requiring surgery. Jane Krause is in a nursing home, doing therapy and recovering slowly. Keep Ken, Jacob, and Jane in your daily prayers and also pray for Anna Grace Durst, Andrew Kothmann, Pearl Leifeste and Dick Pierson.
There is a one page update to the church directory available at the back of the church. Thanks Marge and Don Boyd for all of the great work.
And the church calendar for August and September is also available thanks to Tyra Jordan.
It was a joy to see Mark in the pulpit, home after 4 weeks of study for local pastors. He has completed 20 courses of study in the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. We congratulate you on finishing this part of you education.
Reverend Krause preached about "Persistent Faith" and read the Gospel scripture from Matthew 15:21-28 about a Canaanite woman who begged Jesus in a loud, troublesomely urgent cry "Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is miserably and distressingly and cruelly possessed by a demon!" Jesus did not reply to her.
His disciples came and urged Him to send her away. It was not proper for a woman to approach a man. The Canaanites were natural enemies of the Jews. But she came to Him in faith and reverence. By addressing Jesus as Lord, she worshiped Him with her words. Jesus told her "I am sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel".
She continued to ask Jesus to help her. He said to her: "It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs". Her response was "Yes, Lord, yet even the pups eat the crumbs that fall from their young master’s table" The "dogs" refers to the Gentiles and the "children" refers to the Jews.
Jesus answered her: "O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you wish". And her daughter was cured from that moment. The woman had "persistent faith".
Jesus knew that the woman would not give up. He wanted His disciples to see her faith. Her daughter was healed; her life was changed; she had great faith: she was set on a path of worship and praise, becoming more like Jesus.
God wants us to have a better life. He changes us if we listen to His Word, pay attention and follow Him. He will lead you to a greater life. God’s love is unconditional and abundant. Your faith will transform you. Give God thanks for His love and grace. Persistent faith pays off.