What a beautiful time of year it is! Yes, even with the cold fronts and freezing temperatures! Its a wonderful time of year to snuggle up under a blanket in front of a roaring fire and sip a little egg nog or hot chocolate, and appreciate the many blessings in our lives.
Celebrating birthdays this week are John Jordan on the 1st, Kim Hinckley and McKenzie Cano on the 2nd, Mark Martin on the 4th and Jeffrey Gentry and Kynzli Fuqua on the 6th. Hope your birthdays bring you many joys.
Please pray for healing for Ken Stales, Wanda Jordan and Tommy Garrett. Continue to pray for Don Boyd, Kendra Kensing Code, Paul Toeppich, Jacob Bibb, Betty Kitchen and Tad Leifeste as they continue to heal. Pray also for their various doctors and care providers as they do their jobs. Pray for, or perhaps even visit, our homebound church family, Anna Grace Durst, Etta Marie Mutschink, Pearl Leifeste, Jane Krause and Dick Pierson.
My nephew Kyle Pierce, who is in the Navy, has just left port heading out on assignment. Even more so now, please keep ALL of our service men and women in our thoughts and prayers. There is so much uncertainty and instability in this world, its a comfort to know they are our there serving and protecting our country. The greatest gift we can give to them is our support and love while they serve with pride and honor. Keep Taylor Slocum, Kyle Pierce, Matt Krause, Stuart Jordan, Josh Calhoun and Amanda Adams in your thoughts and prayers, and hope they come home safe and soon.
Instead of a traditional sermon this week, we had a Pottery Sermon presented by Shelley Mosher of Brady. Shelley works with clay and makes lovely pottery. She worked with the clay and talked about how people are like clay, that our lives are molded and shaped by the hands of life and how no matter what happens in our lives, we can always be remolded.
God sent His Son, Jesus, to redeem us, and take away our sin, to forgive us and to remold us. He is the potter and we are the clay. The choice is up to us.