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Wednesday, March 28, 2012 • Posted March 28, 2012

Spring has definitely sprung! We have been blessed with a bountiful array of color! The wildflowers seem to dance with delight thanks to all the recent rain showers. What a great church work day we had last Saturday! We all came together to honor God by preparing the inside and outside of His church for Easter. It is amazing how much work can be done collectively in just a few hours. Some of our volunteers even came during the week to work, knowing they would be unable to be with us on Saturday. Our outside crew did a terrific job of mowing and trimming despite having the task of not touching the wildflowers. As a result, we have a stunning patchwork land quilt with blocks of beautiful color! Our tabernacle is clean and ready for the Easter Sunrise Service at 7:00am Easter Sunday. Thank you to all who worked inside and outside the church and to those who prepared food for our breakfast and lunch. Just a reminder that the Community Lenten Lunch Gathering will be at noon, Wednesday, March 28th, at the Eckert Community Center hosted by First United Methodist Church. The Art Men’s Choir has practice that evening at 6:30 p.m., followed by a PPR meeting at 7 p.m. The Mason Community Soup Kitchen will start cooking at 8:00 a.m., Saturday, March 31st, followed by packaging at 10:30 a.m. in the Mason ISD Cafeteria. Volunteers needed! Art UMC will prepare boxes at the Mason Food Bank starting at 3:00 p.m., Monday, April 2nd. Please come & help with this important community service. The Art Young Adult Choir will have their “Easter Song” practice on Thursday, April 5th, at 6:30 p.m. and our Maundy Thursday Service will follow at 7:00 p.m. The first session of the upcoming Peacemaker Training is the Friday and Saturday after Easter at Art UMC. The 2nd session is Friday and Saturday, April 27th & 28th, at Trinity UMC in Castell. Happy Birthday to Sam Hoerster on the 29th, Kyle Pierce on the 1st, Caleigh Calhoun, Lee Jordan and Michael Cope on the 3rd, and Lane Joseph Ciomperik on the 4th. Happy Anniversary to Stuart and Julie Jordan on the 4th of April. Much happiness to each of you on your special day.Prayer concerns continue for the Garrett and Hanscheck families. Michael, Jessica, and Courtney Hanscheck have been released from the hospital. It is my understanding they will be facing a long recovery with extended physical therapy. Vicki Krcha asked that we pray for 8 month old baby Jonathan who is dying of cancer. Baby Jonathan is the son of one of Vicki’s co-workers. Please keep this precious little baby in your prayers.We were so happy to have Ruby Toeppich in church last Sunday. She looks great and is feeling much better. We had a report that our sweet Nea Young will be home for Easter. We always miss her when she’s not with us. John Koock had great news about Mason’s One Act Play, Cheaper by the Dozen. Katherine was named “Honorary All Star” and Jacob got “Best Actor” at the Zone Competition. Congratulations!Last Sunday was the 5th Sunday in Lent. Michael Gleghorn read the First Reading which was Jeremiah 31: 31-34. The Lord has declared, “the time is coming, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.” Both kingdoms had broken God’s covenant by rejecting His words and worshiping other gods and with only occasional periods of true faithfulness to Him. The fulfillment of the new covenant will be through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. God will forgive the sin and iniquity of His people who come to Him in repentance and faith.The Gospel Reading was from John 12: 20-33. This is the time when Jesus tells Philip and Andrew, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified.” Throughout John’s Gospel, we have heard, “My hour has not yet come” or “His time had not yet come.” Now is the time for Christ to die and be raised from the dead. In verse 24, Jesus describes the principle of life through death as seen in the plant world. The kernel of wheat must die as a kernel if there is to be a plant. The sown dead kernels produce a harvest. Jesus was talking about the rich spiritual harvest that would be produced by his death. Verses 25 & 26 Christ refers to the reward for following Him…….the honor with the Father. Jesus was human and He knew the awful agony He was to endure and although He said “Save Me”, no weakness or disobedience was implied in Verse 27. Verses 28-33. Jesus’ ultimate desire was to glorify His Father’s name.God answered from heaven that His name had been glorified through the ministry of His Son and it will be glorified again through the death, burial and resurrection of the Son. The people that were there heard, but did not understand. They thought an angel had spoken to Jesus. Jesus answered and said, “This voice did not come because of Me, but for your sake. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. But I, when I am lifted up from the earth will draw all peoples to Myself.” This He said, signifying the kind of death he was going to die.As Pastor Cliff said Sunday, God made provision for “everyone’s” salvation, a way for All to go to heaven, a way for All to walk in the light, in God’s ways, today. The plan started when Jesus said “now is the time.” Peace to all

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