Greetings and Happy New Year to all! Bits of Art is back on track after the holiday break with lots of great things happening! New adventures, new ideas, new resolutions, (well maybe) and exciting new challenges await us! Let’s get started!Tyra Jordan started this year with an appreciation dinner for everyone involved in last year’s Christmas Program. (Above Photo) She treated us to a terrific meal and several desserts using recipes by Paula Dean. Then after stuffing ourselves’ with all that wonderful food, she says, “Now let’s all get started on the 2012 Christmas Program!” YOU GOTTA LOVE HER! And oh how we do, because somebody’s gotta keep us on the straight and narrow! She has a delightful program lined up for next Christmas, that’s why we’re starting our rehearsals in January! We thank you Tyra for the meal you prepared for us, but more than anything, we are grateful for your time, ideas, and guidance, all for the glory of God. Happy belated birthday wishes to Anna Grace Durst whose birthday was on the 3rd, Clara Marie Cochran also on the 3rd, Stephen Mutschink on the 4th, Carol Jordan on the 6th, Caroline Hudson on the 10th, Beth Leifeste Alm on the 13th, Marge Boyd on the 14th, Lou Flemming on the 15th. Hope you all had a wonderful day! Happy belated anniversary wishes to Roger and Tyra Jordan on the 3rd, John and Susie Jordan on the 4th, Samuel IV and Jessica Henderson Hoerster on the 7th, and Wayne and Nancy Jordan on the 8th. Congratulations to all!Birthdays coming up include Kambree Jade Kothmann on the 18th, Dorothy Johnson on the 19th, John Koock on the 21st, Ruby Toeppich on the 22nd, Hillary Bibb and Diana Head on the 23rd, and Pastor Cliff Krcha on the 24th. Happy Birthday to all!We will resume our Revelation Bible Study on Wednesday Jan.18th at 6pm. Pastor Cliff has encouraged anyone interested to join us. There’s a lot of hope and encouragement to be gained from this study. There will be a Christmas Program practice before bible study at 5:30pm.The Art and Trinity United Methodist Women held their first meeting of the year on Tuesday Jan.10th. Trinity UMW (Castell) and Art UMW have been combined. A planning meeting was enjoyed by all and our hostess was Susie Jordan. This year we will have many new and interesting programs. Please plan to join us!Our concerns for this week include Maribelle Hoerster’s surgery on the 19th. Please keep her in your prayers as well as Nic Lowery and Herbert Loeffler. As always our prayers continue for our homebound and nursing home residents, Dick Pierson, Anna Grace Durst, Pearl Leifeste, Etta Marie Mutschink and Johnita Bohmfalk. We also ask that you continue to pray for the guidance and safety of our servicemen and women, Kyle Pierce, Stuart Jordan, Matt Krause, Taylor Slocum, Josh Calhoun, and Amanda Adams.Ashlyn and Brooklyn Gleghorn served in Sunday’s worship service as acolytes and Christian Dyess and Jackson Calhoun were ushers. The Men’s Choir sang “Who Is He.” Special thanks to all. Our first reading was from 1st Samuel 3:1-20. The focus is on how God calls us. God calls on us in many ways, but it is how we acknowledge and respond to that call that makes a difference in our lives and the lives of others. Eli’s part was read by Sterling Jordan and Michael Gleghorn read the part of Samuel. Stephen Mutschink read the part of our Lord. In the scripture we read about Samuel, the son of Hannah. Hannah had been barren and asked God that if He blessed her with a child, she would dedicate the child to His service. God answered her prayer and blessed her with Samuel. She was grateful and faithful by having Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli the priest. One night when Samuel was asleep in the temple, the Lord called Samuel. He woke up and went to Eli replying, “Here I am.” Eli told him that he had not called him and instructed Samuel to go back to sleep. The same call came two more times and then Eli realized that the Lord was calling Samuel. (In those days the word of the Lord had become rare and not as frequent as in the past.) He told Samuel to go and lie down and when the Lord calls, he was to acknowledge. The message the Lord gave Samuel was not a happy one. It was about Eli and his family and how God was going to judge them. Eli had allowed things to get out of control and now had to be held accountable. Samuel was afraid to tell Eli what God had revealed to him. Eli insisted that he tell him. So Samuel told him everything, holding nothing from him. Eli humbled himself and said, “He is the Lord; let Him do what is good in His eyes.” Eli bowed before God and accepted the judgment as righteous. The gospel reading was from John 1: 43-51. Jesus calls Philip and Nathanael. Jesus was in Galilee and instructed Philip to follow him. Philip did so and when he saw Nathanael, Philip told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” When Jesus saw Nathanael he said to him, “Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false.” Jesus told Nathanael that he had seen him under the fig tree before Philip had called him. Immediately Nathanael knew Jesus was the Son of God. Jesus told how they would see many great things, of how the heaven would open and the angels of God would ascend and descend on the Son of Man. God calls us in all kinds of ways. Pastor Cliff reminded us that God is calling us to look at how we run our lives, our church and all our business. He’s calling us to participate in the Kingdom of Heaven right here on earth. Jesus calls on us now and how we live and hear His call today is a reflection of what we think happens in the end.