We’re all giving thanks for the wonderful rain! Even though the weather is to turn cold and perhaps icy, we have a good beginning to spring. Y’all just be careful out there.
The Art UMW meeting scheduled for Jan. 11th is being postponed until Tuesday, January 18th due to the weather. The Art Men's Choir is singing next Sunday, January 16th. The men are reminded to come to the practice between Sunday School and Church.
We were asked to pray for the people involved in the heartbreaking tragedy and the turmoil in Arizona.
Those folks celebrating birthdays this week are Beth Alm on the 13th, Marge Boyd on the 14th, Lou Fleming on the 15th, and Kambree Kothmann on the 18th. May you all have a great day!
We had several joys mentioned on Sunday: Virginia Durst is glad her mother, Clara McInnis, has returned home safe and sound; "It’s a beautiful day"; and praise for the great rain. Prayer was asked for Sara Dixon as she begins a new semester at her school.
Prayer concerns for healing were Kade Kothmann, Emeth Bauer, John Mutschink, and Beth Alm. Prayers for Godly wisdom for the physicians, healing, and comfort were asked for Sophia Jordan, Caroline Jordan, and May Evert. Continue to pray for Jacob Bibb, Ken Stahl, Tommy Ruffolo, Paul Toeppich, Kendra Kensing Code, John Ceynowa, Tommy Garrett, and Betty Kitchen.
Let’s remember and pray for our loved ones who are homebound and in the nursing homes: Anna Grace Durst, Jane Krause, Dick Pierson, Etta Marie Mutschink, and Pearl Leifeste.
Remember our precious military men and women in your prayers. They are serving our country and deserve our respect and honor for what they do for us every day.
Rev Krause’s sermon was titled "Living Testimony" Acts 10:34-43.
He started with a statement with far-reaching implications if we all could incorporate it in our lives: "Surrender your all to God and let Him shine His Light through You." That could change the world. We are called to testify for the Lord Jesus Christ to anyone, not just those in our church, not just our friends, and not just to those we like. Even God had to show Peter, a devout Jew, he was to testify to the Gentiles about Jesus. These were people who ate foods forbidden to the Jewish people. But Peter was faithful to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, and many in Cornelius’ household were saved.
A parting thought which you all might have heard before but has a vital implication to our thankfulness. "If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who won’t survive the week...If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death, you are more blessed than almost 3 billion people in the world. If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head, and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of people of this world..."
Give thanks to the Lord. Have a great, safe, and prosperous week.