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Wednesday, February 22, 2012 • Posted February 22, 2012

We were all truly blessed last week with rain! It is such a wonderful sight to see water in the surrounding creeks again. I can’t wait to see the wild flowers this spring.I’d like to sincerely apologize to Eloy and Naomi Villarreal for two errors I made in last week’s article. First, I kept referring to Naomi as Veronica. Where I came up with the name Veronica, I’ll never know! (I don’t even know a Veronica!) Second, the picture of Eloy handing out the Christmas gift boxes to the children was not published. The Villarreal’s are such an invaluable part of our Mission Outreach Program and to those children in Mexico that would otherwise have little or nothing for Christmas. Eloy and Naomi, “God bless you both for all you do.” Again, I’m so sorry for the errors.The Art/Trinity UMW meeting was held last Tuesday. Pictured above are Shirley Davis and Marty Coston, presenting a very informative and entertaining presentation of Shirley’s trip to Greece, Turkey and the Island of Patmos. The Island of Patmos was where the apostle John wrote the book of Revelation, while in prison for his Christian belief. Marty’s wonderful Power Point presentation and Shirley’s detailed narration made us feel like we were right there. Announcements for the week are: Lenten Lunch will be at River of Life Church on Wednesday Feb.22nd at noon. Art’s Ash Wednesday Worship Service will be at 6pm on Feb.22nd. There will also be an Ash Wednesday Worship Service at 7pm at St. John Lutheran Church in Castell, followed by a reception hosted by Trinity UMC. There will be no Christmas play practice or Revelation Bible study this Wednesday Feb.22nd.Prayer concerns this week include Don and Rose Mary Williams. Don, Jean Lyon’s brother-in-law, suffered a stroke last week. He is doing much better and Jean expressed her gratitude for all the prayers. Wilburn and Faye Shearer, friends of Virginia Durst are in need of our prayers also. Please continue prayers for Clinton and Anna Grace Durst. Anna Grace has been moved from the hospital to the Fredericksburg Nursing Home. She is in less pain and would like to go home. Our continued thoughts and prayers are for Gerry Welch, Marge Boyd’s sister. As always, we pray for our homebound and nursing home members and for our servicemen and women.Happy Birthday wishes go to Ella Mae Hall and Sam Jordan Hoerster on the 22nd, and Jennifer Hitzfelder and Vondell Jordan on the 25th. May all your birthday wishes come true!Why the ashes on your forehead on Ash Wednesday? I was once asked that question. Dumbfounded and at a loss for words, I simply replied, “Because I’m a Christian and it’s just what we do.” Of course I only answered part of the question. Several years ago, while still living in San Antonio, I read in the weekly publication of our church newsletter, The University UMC Encourager, an article that does answer the question about the ashes and I’d like to share it with you.Ash WednesdayIn ancient times, slaves were branded with a mark on the forehead to show the world that they were not their own, but belonged to another. Over the centuries, the early Christians adopted and transformed the practice as a way to begin the season of Lent, the time of preparation before Easter. With ashes—symbolic of repentance and purification—they would mark the forehead of each Christian with a cross, as a way of saying to all the world: “I am not my own, I belong to Christ, and I am not ashamed of the claim of my Master.”Last Sunday was Transfiguration Sunday. The Gospel reading was Mark 9: 2-9. What is Transfiguration Sunday? It is the name given to one of the most significant days and scripture accounts (recorded in Matthew, Mark, and Luke) in the Word of God. Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up on a high mountain where He was transfigured (visibly glorified in dazzling white clothes) and Elijah and Moses appeared, speaking with Him. The three disciples were frightened and Peter wanted to put up tents for Jesus, Elijah and Moses. At that moment a cloud appeared and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” Suddenly, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus. As they came down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. To the shocked disciples, it confirmed the necessity of the cross linking the suffering with the glory in which Jesus would reign. Why was Jesus transfigured and why did God shine his light on Jesus and not Moses or Elijah? Pastor Cliff explained that the Law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. That’s how much God loves you and me…….Peace to all.

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