What a beautiful and joy filled Easter Sunday we had at Art UMC! The day started with the welcoming sun as it rose in the sky greeting the thankful crowd as they gave praise and glory to our risen Lord! After the Sunrise service, fellowship and breakfast was enjoyed by all and was followed by the children’s Easter egg hunt. Lots of children, lots of yummy filled eggs, and lots of fun! So many members, families, friends, and visitors were blessed and renewed in faith, not only by the promised and glorious Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, but also the renewal of Baptism. We witnessed and responded to the Baptisms of Michael, James, and Brooklyn Gleghorn. (Above Photo) Such a profound day of spiritual rebirth and renewal!
A lot of upcoming birthday wishes are in order! Happy Birthday to Sherry Kothmann Clauson on the 12th, Monica Cotter on the 13th, Jackson Calhoun on the 15th, Jordan Dyess on the 16th, Joe David Yates on the 17th, and Sam Hoerster IV on the18th. Dick and Doris Ann Pierson will be celebrating their anniversary on the 18th. Happy and fun filled celebrations to all!
We have several important events coming up in the very near future. Art will be hosting the Habitat Care-A-Vanners noon meal at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Monday, April 16th. We need more volunteers to bring food and/or help prepare and serve the food. Please call Tyra Jordan to volunteer. Peacemaker Training begins this Friday night, April 13th, starting at 6:30pm at Art UMC and continues Saturday morning from 9am-1pm. Everyone is invited to attend. We will continue our Christmas Play practice this Wednesday at 6:30pm and the following Wednesday, April 18th, also at 6:30pm. Don’t forget your photo session for the Church Directory! The First Reading for our Easter Worship Service was from Acts 10: 34-43 and was read by Vicki Krcha. This reading tells us of Peter as he traveled with Gentiles and believing Jews to preach to a waiting crowd in the home of Cornelius. Peter explained to the people that God does not show partiality and that every nation and everyone is welcome into the kingdom of God. This was a lesson that Peter himself had recently come to learn and understand through Jesus, concerning the Jews and the Gentiles. Yes, anyone on the basis of faith can be saved, even Gentiles. Peter gave a summary of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ to the crowd.
He told them how the end results of the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus was not only predicted by the prophets, but by Jesus Himself, and how belief of this has proven to be the only way to salvation. Through His name whosoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.
The Children’s Choir sang, “Praise Him, Praise Him All Ye Little Children” and “Jesus Loves Me”. The Young Adult Choir sang, “Ye Sons and Daughters”. (A little humor.......the Young Adult Choir consists on anyone of any adult age that thinks they can sing and make their way up to the front and stand in choir formation!!!!) Oh how I love it!
The Gospel Reading was from John 20: 1-21, 29-31. The Resurrection of Christ. If for some reason you have never read this part of the Gospel, our Lord Jesus Christ invites you to do so. If you do not have a bible, Pastor Cliff or anyone from Art UMC will be happy to bring a bible to you and talk about the Good News within the pages. The Art UMC phone number is 325-347-5816. Jesus said: Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe. Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and by believing this, you may have life in His name. Christ has risen! Praise be to God! Peace to all