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Wednesday, November 23, 2011 • Posted November 23, 2011

Greetings and Happy Thanksgiving to all! Thanks to all that participated in the First United Methodist Church turkey drive. Many less fortunate families will now have a nice meal for Thanksgiving. The picture above is what I’ll refer to as, the “Art UMC Breakfast Club”, organized by Susie Jordan. The potluck breakfast was to help strengthen us for our annual “Hanging of the Greens” for the Advent Season. So, with a little more coffee and a kind push, we decorated the Christmas tree, hung the garland, and set up the Nativity scene under the tabernacle, all before Sunday Worship at 11am. What an enjoyable time we had preparing for the birth of our Lord!Celebrating their anniversaries this week will be Max and Jan Jordan on the 24th and Stephen and Joyce Mutschink on the 25th. Congratulations and may you celebrate many more wonderful anniversaries to come! Happy Birthday wishes go to Clara McInnis, Judy Kothmann, and Barry Jordan all on the 23rd, Roger Jordan on the 24th and Deborah Jordan Baxter on the 25th. May all your birthday wishes come true! Announcements for the week include the recording of a CD by the Men’s Choir on Wednesday, Nov.30th for our homebound folks. We are also reminded to sign up to bring food for the Christmas Dinner and to purchase Poinsettias. Our 2012 calendars are ready and are available at the back of the sanctuary. The lovely fall altar flowers were provided by Brenda Kothmann. We are thankful for so many blessing at Art UMC and one that warms our hearts every Sunday is our musicians. Thank you to Jan Jordan, Susan Ceynowa, Maria Mutis, Nancy Jordan, and Lori Slocum for sharing your talent with us in praising God.What a pleasure to have Don and Marge Boyd back with us. We are all very happy to see Marge doing so well. Gary Tucker was on a motorcycle ride Sunday, saw our church, stopped and joined us for our worship. He is originally from Hico, TX, but now lives in Tulsa, OK. He commented on how pretty our little church looked, took some pictures and was on his way. Wow! How neat! We love our visitors, even if they are just passing through! Who knows, he might come back to stay someday.Please pray for Deloris Wilson, Payton Martinez, Destiny Franklin, the twins of Demetra and Hunter Wenzel, Mike Woods, Charlie Morris, John Ceynowa and Jean Lyon. These good folks need continued prayer for healing. Let’s not forget our service men and women in our prayers. Their chosen vocation is an honor to us and to our nation. Amanda Adams, Stuart Jordan, Kyle Pierce, Matt Krause, Taylor Slocum, and Josh Calhoun, we thank you! We continue our prayers also for nursing home residents and homebound folks, Etta Marie Mutschink, Anna Grace Durst, Dick Pierson, Johnita Bohmfalk, and Pearl Leifeste. Sunday was “Christ the King Sunday” and the Gospel reading was from Matthew 25:31-46. Pastor Cliff reminded us that Jesus is telling us “how to live” NOW, during these in between times until He comes back. This gospel reading is the “big one”. The consequences of ignoring these “how to live” instructions are sobering. It makes us take a hard look at how we are following Jesus. Jesus said “for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me. The righteous would question Him as they did not recall these events. His answer was, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me”. Jesus went on to say how all these things were NOT done for Him by the unrighteous. In verse 44 they would say”Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or as a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help You?” In verse 45 Jesus will answer, “I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these My brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help Me.” How do we really live during these “in between times?” Do we feed the hungry, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, the outsider, or visit the sick or those in prison? Jesus is among us and when we do these things, Christ is King. Pastor Cliff continued by giving us a better understanding of the importance of the Kairos Prison Ministry. Kairos is a multi-denominational team that sets aside any religious views and focuses on their belief in the Old and New Testament. With that in mind, suddenly it’s not about “us”, the transformation happens, we shift our focus to the least, the lost, the lonely, the prisoner. Let us pray, this Thanksgiving Season, not only for the hungry, the poor, the sick, but also the prisoners. Jesus expects us to take the “Good News” to them no matter what they have done. They and their families need hope.Peace and love to all and be safe on the roads while traveling this Thanksgiving.

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