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Bits of Art
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 • Posted April 4, 2012

I thought that age gave me an advantage about knowing and accepting things easier, but I don’t remember the weather being this hot before Easter. Not only is it rough on us seniors, but can you imagine what the baby chicks and bunnies are going through! Well, with everything so beautiful and green, it does make the 90+ degree weather easier to accept.Happy Birthday to Terra Burdette on Tuesday, the 10th. Hope you have a great day Terra! Happy Anniversary wishes to Herman and Jimmie Hitzfelder on the 9th and for Zak and Shanna Price on the 11th. Congratulations to both couples! We are also happy to announce that Michael, James, and Brooklyn Gleghorn will be baptized on Easter Sunday at our 11 a.m. worship service.This coming Thursday, April 5th, we will have our Young Adult Choir Easter song practice at 6:30pm followed by the Maundy [new mandate] Thursday service at 7pm. Everyone is invited to the Good Friday Tenebrae [Darkness] Service Friday, April 6th, at 7pm, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Castell. This is a service of quiet and solitude to remember the day that Jesus was crucified and laid in the tomb.Easter Sunday Services at Art United Methodist Church: We will have a Sunrise Service Easter morning at 7am, followed by breakfast in the fellowship hall. There will be an Easter Egg hunt that starts at 10:30! We will have our Easter Worship Service at 11:00am. Please come join us in celebrating the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ!A few more reminders……..if you did not sign up for the Easter Lilies Memorial/Honorary remembrance for Easter Sunday, please call Susie Jordan. Beautiful silk lilies will be used and a donation is requested for the church flower fund. Susie also asked that we bring a breakfast snack for the breakfast that will follow our Easter Sunrise Service. Art UMC will be handing out food boxes at the Mason Food Bank from 3 to 5:30pm on Monday, April 9th. Please come help! The Art/Trinity United Methodist Women will meet at 2:30pm at Trinity UMC in Castell, on Tuesday, April 10th. Our hostess will be Shirley Davis and the program will be a “Mission Study on Haiti” presented by Joann Coston. A carpool will be available from Art to Castell. Everyone is welcome. Please come join us for great fellowship, delicious snacks, and most importantly, in learning how to be creative and supportive in expanding concepts of mission by our participation in the local and global ministries of the church.We will have our Christmas Program practice on Wednesday, April 11th at 6:30pm. Come one come all, we still need more people!!!!!We are so happy and proud to announce we have three new members of Art UMC. Walter and Diana Head and their son Wesley joined our congregation last Sunday. Thank you Walter, Diana, and Wesley for your dedication and love for Art UMC. We are honored to have you with us.Pastor Cliff asked that we pray for the Mason Food Bank. The Ministerial Alliance is looking into finding land for a new home for the food bank. Bill Cotter continues to have problems with his voice, please keep him in your prayers. Prayers are also requested for John and Susie Jordan’s daughter, Caroline as she prepares to move to Fredericksburg. Please continue prayers for the safety and wellbeing of our servicemen and women and our homebound and nursing home members, friends and relatives. There are times when I jot down the prayer requests, concerns, and upcoming events in church and I think to myself, “So many prayers needed and so much to do”. So how do we do all this with our busy schedules and still have our efforts please God? My answer to myself is, “I don’t know.” What I do know is that prayer is important and there is much power in prayer. How do we pray? Are we praying correctly? I don’t know. (There’s that “I don’t know” again) What I do know is Jesus did a lot of praying during His time on earth. It was important to Him. Did He have a format/outline? I don’t know. What has God called us to do? So many questions! The day will come for all of us to be accountable to God. How did we use the gifts and talents He gave us? Did we glorify Him by our words and deeds? Did we serve Him by serving others? Were we selfless and humble in serving Him? Or, are we just asking Him, what He can do for us? Wow, that’s a lot to think about! How do we answer these questions? I don’t know. God loves us and knows what’s in our hearts. Perhaps our manner of prayer can be simple or elaborate. I can’t help but think that God knows the respect and concern we have for others when we come under His authority “in prayer and in serving”.This Holy Week, as we remember and honor God for the sacrifice made for us, I for one will ask God to take away my “I don’t knows’”, and replace them with ideas of how to be a good and faithful servant. Wanna join me?Peace to all

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