Yep! I saw them…….I really did! Two small clusters of Indian Paintbrush along the roadside by Cherry Springs. Spring is almost upon us. Let’s enjoy every moment of every day because summer rolls around real quick around here. When we see those wildflowers, perhaps we should stop, smell, admire, take a picture and thank God for the rain that made them bloom!We have many activities and events coming up. First, just a reminder that this Wednesday, Feb. 29th, the Lenten Lunch will be held at River of Life Church at 12 noon and will be hosted by Art UMC. Men’s Choir practice will also be this Wednesday at 5:30pm followed by the Revelation Bible Study at 6pm. The Lenten Lunch for Wednesday, March 7th, will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. There will be a special 2hr program lead by Carol Ann Weston, Christian Educator, and Godly Play Storyteller in Kerrville this Saturday, March 3rd. The program is about how kids worship and connect with God. Parents, grandparents, Sunday school teachers, and anyone interested in helping a child connect with the presence of our Lord is welcome to attend. Departure from Art UMC will be at 8:00am with plans to have lunch in Kerrville and return to Art by 2:00pm. Starting in April, we will have a training event called Peacemaker Training taught by Reverend Kathy Harrell to be held at Art UMC and Trinity UMC. Peacemaker Training “Unity in the Church” works toward the goals of unity, stability, building qualified leaders of the church, and leading others to Christ. I know this is an early announcement, however, since it will be held on four different days, you may want to mark your calendars and make plans now. First 3 Sessions: Friday, April 13th, 6-8pm. Saturday, April 14, 9am-1pm, at Art UMC. Second 3 Sessions: Friday, April 27th, 6-8pm. Saturday, April 28th, 9am to 1pm, at Trinity UMC in Castell. Pastor Cliff is very excited about this important training and encourages everyone to attend. I will include time and location reminders in upcoming articles.Happy Birthday wishes go to Johnita Bohmfalk and Brandon Herrington on the 4th and to Tyra Jordan on the 6th. Happy Anniversary to David and Carolyn Vater on the 7th. Let the celebrations begin!!!!Joys announced last Sunday included Vondell Jordan’s excitement about the Children’s Sunday Program. She expressed her thanks to the teachers and to all who helped make the first month of the program so successful. Bill Cotter announced that his grandchildren had their last basketball game and they thoroughly enjoyed the season.Please pray for the following folks and their health, Dorine Miller, Dorothy and John Hamilton, Gerry Welch, Clinton and Anna Grace Durst, Maribelle Hoerster, and Jacob Bibb. We pray for a safe homecoming for one of our servicemen, Josh Calhoun, due to arrive in San Diego on March 1st. Please continue to pray for all our servicemen and women and for our homebound and nursing home members and friends. Last Sunday was the 1st Sunday in Lent. The Call to Worship was read by Jordan Dyess. Our Reading was Psalm 25. What is the season of Lent? Most Christians know that it is the forty days not including Sundays between Ash Wednesday and Easter. Good start. That’s approximately one-tenth of the year. We could look at it as Lent being a tenth (tithe) of our time. Jesus Christ spent forty days in the wilderness being tempted by Satan (Matt.4, 1-11) and withstood His testing by praying, fasting and keeping focused. Our heavenly Father saw Him through. If Jesus could be tempted, so can all His people. We, as Christians are to take the time to look at our true selves and our struggles and realize God’s power that is available to us. We can reconnect with God through the examination of our own mind, heart and thinking, and with fasting and penitence. Facing our inequities and sins will help us get past them and on to a better and fulfilling life. It is a time of realizing the great price that was paid for our sins and to know that all we have to do to be saved is to accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and sincerely repent of our sins. Lent is the time for clarification, focus, healing and understanding just how much God loves us. Peace to all.