Now that we have established I do not suffer from beginner’s luck, we would like to wish all those left off the birthday list a belated Happy Birthday. Brad Kothmann, Lisa Leifeste Howard, and Ryan Hall. And a belated Happy Anniversary to Denis and Elizabeth Hoerster Cano.
Celebrating birthdays this week are Justin (Jeb) Bibb, Jr. on the 22nd, Natalie Hudson on the 23rd, and Wanda Hitzfelder Rueffer on the 25th. May you all have a special day of festivities.
Please pray for healing for Jack, Jean Lyon’s grandson, John Ceynowa, Ken Stahl, Tommy Garrett, Anna Grace Durst, Dr. Mutis, Maria’s dad, after his surgery, and Tommy Ruffolo. Continue to pray for comfort and healing for Wanda Jordan, Don Boyd, Tad Leifeste, Kendra Kensing Code, Paul Toeppich, Jacob Bibb, and Betty Kitchen. We had several joys mentioned from our congregation: It’s a wonderful day, Amanda Adams is here visiting, Clara McInnis is doing well and having fun, Pearl Leifeste is begining to adjust to her situation, Anna Grace is home and sends her thanks for the prayers, cards, and meals. Other concerns were for rain and for those traveling during Christmas and the New Year season.
As we go about this Christmas season, remember those loved ones in the nursing home, Etta Marie Mutschink and Pearl Leifeste, and those homebound, Jane Krause, Anna Grace Durst, and Dick Pierson.
Our service men and women are deployed at this special holy season, defending us and our country. Please pray for them as they are far from their families: Stuart Jordan, Amanda Adams, Josh Calhoun, Matt Krause, Taylor Slocum, and Kyle Pierce.
Art Methodist Church will have its Christmas Eve Candlelight service at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 24th. It is always a beautiful, hopeful ceremony. Please come and join us.
Pastor Mark and Barbara Krause were gone on a little pre-Christmas trip so Roger Jordan graciously presented the sermon. It was entitled "Hope" based on 1 Peter 1:3-12. During the Christmas season it is hard to stay in the spirit of the season with all the hustle and bustle. People frequently find themselves discouraged and disillusioned. They lose sight of the Reason for the Season. Especially this year there seems to be no good economic news. There are some who have even lost their hopefullness; but as believers we have God’s promise "the Best is Yet to Come". Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection made the hope of all who believe a reality! Trials are inevitiable and an everyday part of life. Some trials are so overwhelming they seem to be able to crush us. But God calls us to trust in Him and to have hope in His great power. Thus we can keep on trying in our everyday lives even when there seems to be no hope at all. We are not to lose heart, our God is at work. God is our living Hope. He loves us.
May you all have a wonderful, joyous Christmas. Encourage one another. Remember Jesus Christ is truly the Reason for the Season! So keep Him in your heart at Christmas and all through the year.