These cool nights are sure reminding me of where I live. I may live in Baltimore but I’m a true Texan at heart! No matter where my travels take me and what lovely sights I see, Texas is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been.
Celebrating birthdays this week are Joyce Mutschink on the 9th, Kenneth Kothmann on the 11th, Logan Toone on the 12th and Dakota Dyess on the 13th. I hope y’all have a great day with lots of celebrating.
Please pray for healing for Joann Davee and Lori Slocum’s mom, Marian as they deal with their health issues. Continue to pray for healing and comfort for Wanda Jordan, Don Boyd, Jacob Bibb, Paul Toeppich, Ken Stales, Tommy Garrett, Kendra Kensing Code, Sara Dixon and Betty Kitchen.
Remember our loved ones who are homebound or in a nursing home, Anna Grace Durst, Jane Krause, Pearl Leifeste, Etta Marie Mutschink and Dick Pierson. These wonderful people have played a big part in so many lives, think and pray for them often.
Our service men and women put their lives on the line every day to defend our way of life and we should always give them the honor and respect they deserve. Pray for their health and safety as they do their jobs, especially those close to us, Amanda Adams, Kyle Pierce, Stuart Jordan, Josh Calhoun, Matt Krause and Taylor Slocum.
We were blessed to have the Lutheran Hand Bell Choir perform for us on Sunday. They played "We Three Kings" and it was as beautiful to listen to as it was to watch them perform.
At this time of year when giving is so precious, Art Methodist Church is helping with the Angel Tree program. Please sign up to help buy a Christmas present for a child who may not receive one this year. I know in difficult times like this it might seem like we get stretched beyond our means, but this gift of giving and love comes back to us many times over. The gift of giving and loving and sharing God’s love for us is truly a blessing.
Art Methodist Church will present its Christmas Program on Sunday, December 12th at 5:30 p.m. The program will be followed by a Mexican Pile-on dinner. Please join us in song and praise as we worship and celebrate our Lord and Savior’s birth.
The UMW Christmas luncheon will be held at Joyce Mutschink’s house on Tuesday, December 14th at noon. All the ladies of the church are welcome to attend.
I will be returning to Baltimore this week and leaving Daddy here to celebrate the holidays with my siblings and extended family in San Antonio. It was difficult to say goodbye to him on Sunday but I know he’s in wonderful hands; I know God is watching over him always. Our church family has been a great comfort and source of strength over these last few months. All the offers of help and food have been appreciated more than you can realize. It brings tears to my eyes how much my church family means to me. It is a great love, it’s God’s love, working through their hands. I hope they always know how much they have meant to me and Daddy through this hard time.
I want to thank the lovely ladies from Country Gals Home Health Care. They have been so helpful and caring these last two months, I’m not sure we could have ever gotten through this without their support.
Since I’ll be returning to Baltimore, Daddy and I talked about finding someone new to write the column. We thought about it long and hard, talked to a few people and in the end, E. Wayne and Kathy Jordan have graciously stepped forward to take over. I know they will do a wonderful job, as they care about Art and the Art church as much as Daddy and I do. We love y’all.
Pastor Mark’s sermon on Sunday was entitled "The Voices of Hope". God’s love is for all of us, not just some. He loves us all, and wants us to live in love and harmony even when facing people who don’t like us. God loves us all the same. Be God’s voice in the world, speak his words to the world. Show our genunine love through our actions, our giving and our service. Be the voice of hope in the world. Speak loudly. Speak often.