Oh wow! Now the weathermen say “La Nina” is confused! Good! Better her, than me. Hope she stays confused and the rains keep coming!We had a special musical praise presentation last Sunday from our Children’s Choir. Pictured above, under the direction of Vondell Jordan, left to right are Jackson Calhoun, Christian Dyess, Jordan Dyess, Dakota Dyess, Ashlyn Gleghorn, Michael Gleghorn, James Gleghorn , and Brooklyn Gleghorn. They joyfully sang, “I May Never March in The Infantry” and “Jesus Loves Me”. We are blessed to have more children attending our church and the Children’s Program is very educational and FUN! These kids really do have fun praising God. As always, we welcome all children and their families from the community and surrounding areas to come join us.Our “For Unto Ya’ll” play practice will be Wednesday, Feb. 8th at 5:30pm. Come one, come all, we are in the early stages of production. We need actors, singers and stage crew. We know this will be a huge success with everyone’s help! We will continue our Revelation Bible Study right after play practice at 6pm. Pastor Cliff has encouraged everyone to attend a special training opportunity called “Aligned & Empowered for Spiritual Leadership” at the First United Methodist Church, 401 Blackburn St. in Brady, TX. The training program will be taught by Rev. Tommy Hayes on February 24-26, 2012: Friday 7pm-9pm, Saturday 10am-2pm with lunch, and Sunday at 8:30am. Rev. Hayes has a full time ministry of prayer and healing. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Cliff Krcha at (325) 347-5816. The Art and Trinity (Castell) United Methodist Women will have their monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 14th at 2:30pm in the Art Fellowship Building. Shirley Davis with the assistance of Marty Coston, from Trinity UMC will be presenting a very informative program about Shirley’s trip to Greece and Turkey. Don’t miss out——everyone (men & women) is invited to this interesting program. Our hostess will be Joyce Mutschink.Please continue prayers for Maribelle Hoerster, Deloris Wilson, Steve and Karen Toone’s granddaughter Cambry, Nic Lowery, Herbert Loefller, the family of Jonathan Burgess, our homebound and nursing home members and our servicemen and women. Prayer is powerful.We are in the 5th week after the Epiphany. Dakota and Christian Dyess served as acolytes and Michael Gleghorn and Jordan Dyess were our ushers. The Gospel Reading was taken from Mark 1: 29-39. The gospel picks up from when Jesus and the disciples left the synagogue in Capernaum after Jesus healed the man with the unclean spirit. They went to the home of Simon and Andrew to eat and rest. Simon’s mother-in-law had fallen very ill with fever. Jesus went to her, took her hand, helped her up and the fever left her and she began to serve them. Jesus never said a word, just touched her. That evening at sundown they brought to Him all who were sick or possessed with demons and the whole city gathered around the door. Jesus cured many who were sick and cast out many demons. Jesus would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was. In the morning while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went to a solitary place, where he prayed. When Simon and his companions found Jesus they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” Jesus replied, “Let us go on to other nearby villages so that I can preach there also; for that is what I have come to do.” So Jesus traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons. It’s amazing how Jesus not only teaches, heals, cleanses, forgives but also trains and guides his disciples at the same time! Remember we talked last week about how the gospel of Mark is focused on the actions of Jesus? There is a sense of urgency, immediate movement. Jesus knew all the things he had to do before the Crucifixion and Resurrection. So again, we are learning of more of the teachings and healings of Jesus. Pastor Cliff reminded us that Jesus lived and taught this: God is about restoring us to healing. God’s power is all that is needed and He heals in many ways through many people. We can be the hands, feet, and voice of Christ where we live. We are not the grace but we can be the “means of grace” because it’s God’s grace that heals, renews, and fulfills like only God can do. Jesus came to serve, not to be served. Jesus came to heal and renew spirit and community, not with power, but with humility, peace and love. Jesus said: Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. (John 14:12 NRS) Peace to all.