The recent Bits of Art hiatus was due to my having several prior commitments in May, so with the exception of the Bauer Family reunion next Sunday, I’ll be back on track with our weekly article. Good to be back in touch!!!
Last Friday afternoon my granddaughter had a post on Facebook that read, “Yea! Summer is here! My old friend, I’ve really missed you”! My immediate thought is, “hey, whatever happened to winter”? I guess this is an example of generation gap thinking! The days are getting warmer, so gear up friends, only four to five months till fall.
Happy belated birthday to Steve Toone, Dick Pierson, Ryne Kahan, and Kelly Kothmann. Happy belated anniversary to Emeth and Willie Bauer, William and Lisa Howard, and Cliff and Vicki Krcha! Hope everyone had wonderful celebrations! Happy birthday wishes coming up go to Joanne Davee on the 1st, Brooklyn Gleghorn on the 2nd, and Bill Cotter on the 5th. Blessings to you all on your special day!
Only one announcement for this week…….there will be no Men’s Choir practice this Wednesday, May 30th.
Please continue prayers for our nursing home and homebound members and friends as well as our servicemen and women. Other prayer requests include Pastor Cliff’s friend Donna Farley, the widow of his deceased friend Steve Farley. Steve was killed during his second civilian tour in Iraq. Also please pray for our aunt, Lillie Mae Fritze Avrett as she transitions from her home to assisted living due to health issues, and for Sterling Jordan’s sister Dorothy, as she continues her recovery from a stroke.
Sunday was Pentecost Sunday, the promise of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of God’s Church. In John 15:26-27, Jesus reassures the disciples they will not be alone. The Spirit of truth would bear witness through them, allowing them to give strong testimony to the mission and purpose of Jesus Christ. In John 16:4-15, Jesus explains to the disciples how he had not told them of these things earlier because he knew he would be with them for a while longer. At the beginning, Jesus had been preparing them to understand the truth and way of their faith, but now that he is going away, he must prepare them for the hatred they will encounter for their belief. Jesus told them he was going away to the One who had sent him. The disciples seemed to only be concerned with the sorrow they were experiencing because of his leaving rather than where he was going. Jesus explained the necessity of his departure so that the Holy Spirit could then come among them. He said the Holy Spirit will have a convicting and convincing ministry; knowing the world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in Me. He said righteousness is available because he was going to the Father and judgment would come because the ruler of this world has already been judged. Jesus knew the disciples were not ready spiritually to accept all the things he wanted to tell them, so he said the Holy Spirit would guide them into a complete knowledge of all truth. What He hears, He will speak and He will tell you about the future. All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, “The Spirit will tell you whatever He receives from Me.” Pastor Cliff reminded us that Jesus promised to be with us in the Word and Spirit and Pentecost is about the believers of Jesus being filled with the Holy Spirit, to be witnesses to the Good News. Peace to all