And there was a party, a great celebration, in the Art church. Andrew Kothmann celebrated his 100th birthday with a reception that brought people from far and wide. His children, Kenneth, Sherry and Judy, decorated the church, baked cakes and the women of the church cooked cookies. And speaking of cakes, they made a large representation of his house where he was born and lived all those years. Andrew, you earned this party by being a Christian example to everyone. We love you and wish you great things for the next 100 years. God bless you.
We wish a happy birthday to Elliot Bibb on August 23rd and to Brandy Loeffler Kothmann on August 24th. And we wish a great 41st anniversary celebration to John and Susan Ceynowa on August 23rd. Have a great party on your special day.
John Jordan is doing great after his operation. Ken Kothmann is also pleased that he is clear of cancer. Jacob Beam is home but is in a full-body cast. Keep him and Taylor Slocum in your prayers. Continue to pray for Jane Krause, Pearl Leifeste, Andrew Kothmann and Anna Grace Durst.
Help is needed at the Food Bank on Thursday, the 19th, at 1:00 PM to unload the truck. This is a large order so come and help.
On next week, school starts and you know what that means! We will be covering school books beginning at 8:00 AM in the Junior High Scholl Library. Come enjoy the fun and fellowship.
The Art Men’s Choir sang "The Whisper of Jesus" for their special music. You’re sounding great, men!
Next Sunday we will have a blessing of the back packs for the school children of the Art church. We are so glad to finally have children in church so come support them.
Thanks again to Jackie Johnson for cutting the grass around the church and park. We really appreciate your hard work. I can’t possibly know everything that gets done or who does it but thanks to all who work for the church.
Rev. Krause sermon topic was "Inevitable Conflict". The Gospel lesson was from Luke 12:49-53. These are the words of Jesus concerning conflict. Jesus said He came to cast fire upon the earth. He did not come to give peace upon earth but He came to give division. In one home there will be five people divided among themselves, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. In Micah 7:6, it is written: A man’s enemies are the members of his own house.
At that time, family was important; they worked together for survival. They worked on the farm, teaching the children the ways to care for the farm. They had conflict in their live and there was conflict in the world. The world needs conflict to survive. Conflict exposes the good and the bad. Jesus confronted them with the truth. He reminded them that the Jews were ready to kill Him even though He was a Jew. And even today, they still don’t understand Him.
Treat conflict with love of all people – pure love. We still judge people with our prejudices. We look at other people and react because they are different from us.
Jesus dealt with conflict with righteous anger when He overturned the tables in the temple. He spoke the truth. We need to speak the truth and have the courage to stand up for our beliefs. Speak in righteous anger when it is necessary. Conflict is good.
No one can hear Jesus’ words unless we speak them. The words of your mouth are the only way for others to know God. Conflict is inevitable. With God’s help, we can make a difference. We live in an imperfect world where people are lost. We need to help out with our mouths, our hands, our eyes, our feet. The plan is that we must serve God always.