The heat is on! Nope, I’m not talking about The Miami Heat, even though they did sizzle last week. Personally, my sights were on The OKC Thunder to cool things off. Back to the subject…………folks, it’s getting hot! We’re back to the ole, “get up early and get things done before it gets too hot”, routine. Just think, June 20th was the first day of summer!
I just wanted to give everyone a few updates and reminders early on. Due to the deadline for newspaper articles being moved up to Friday the 29th for the holiday publication, there will not be a Bits of Art column next week. Pastor Cliff reminded us of three special offerings we will be asked to help out with in July. 1st, Christmas boxes for our Troops overseas. They must be mailed early. 2nd, Vacation Bible School. Art provides all the snacks. 3rd, Young Life Ministry. JW Harle will be with us on July 15th to deliver the message and tell us more about this exciting ministry. We have been blessed with the addition of three new members to our church. Stuart and Julia Jordan joined on Father’s Day, June 17th. Stuart’s parents are John and Susie Jordan.
Stuart is actually from Art and grew up in our congregation. He is one of our servicemen and he and Julia live in Abilene. Since he was recently transferred closer to home, they are able to visit more often and we are blessed to have them. We were so happy to welcome Goldie Lease as a new member last Sunday. Goldie transferred her membership from the First UM Church in Rowlett, TX. Welcome Goldie! We are thrilled to have you!
We are always happy to welcome new members and sad when we have to say goodbye to others. One such member that will be leaving us soon is our precious Nea Young. Below is a lovely note she wrote to us:
June 24, 2012, Art United Methodist Church
“It looks as though my stay here with you wonderful people will end soon, as I have a contract on the Magnolia and plan to return to my childhood home and church. Although my adventurous life style has kept my church attendance at bay, know I shall treasure always the warmth and love you have graciously shown me. May God continue to bless this church and each or you and your beautiful families. Warmly, Nea Young. “ We will truly miss this beautiful, kind, gracious special lady. The good news is, she assures us she will be back to visit, as she has family in Mason.
Happy Birthday wishes are in order for John Mutschink on the 28th, and Max Jordan and Walter Head on the 30th. Our early July birthdays include, Daniel Victor Durst on the 1st, Susie Jordan on the 3rd, and John Wayne Sanders on the 9th. Happy Anniversary to Jerald and Vondell Jordan and Sam and Wendy Schwertner Jordan on the 29th, and to Bill and Lois Koock on July 5th.
We are happy to report that Jackie Johnson is doing well following his lung surgery and he sends his thanks to all for the prayers, cards and support. Prayers were requested to be continued for Marge Boyd’s niece’s husband Jim Peacock as he continues with cancer treatments. Also for Susie Jordan’s cousin Raylynn Kuhach who is in hospice care. Carolyn Vater asked that we please continue praying for her great-nephew Bregg Hughes, who as you may recall was severely burned in Afghanistan and is at BAMC in San Antonio. Sterling Jordan’s sister Dorothy is in hospice and needs our prayers. Jean Lyon requested prayers for her brother-in-law, Tom Kent. John Ceynowa’s family is visiting and he asked that we pray for their safe return home. I would like to request prayers for my niece Ann Spivey, as her breast cancer has returned and she will begin treatment again. Thank you for all these prayers. We can all be comforted to know our Father hears our prayers and knows our concerns.
Amber Sanders read the Call to Worship and Action and the Gospel was taken from Mark 4: 35-41. After a long day of teaching, Jesus and the disciples boarded a boat to cross the Sea of Galilee. Due to the sea’s location and proximity to the mountains, it was not uncommon for storm squalls to occur. One such storm happened as they journeyed across the sea. Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a pillow (this was the human side of Jesus…..he was tired and needed rest) and the disciples woke him up. They questioned him as to whether he cared if they perished or not in the storm. Jesus stood and commanded the wind and sea to be calmed. As the storm settled, Jesus questioned them about their fear and faith. After seeing Jesus’ power over wind and sea, they became fearful and really questioned who he was! I’m sure the emotions really overcame them when they pondered the reality that their Master was indeed God Himself! This event sets the stage for such a dramatic occurrence. He sleeps; He gets up; He commands; all is well! How blessed we are to know that when the storms of life engulf us that we can trust God for what we can’t see or understand and know that He will calm the sea and “His will” will be done.
Have a safe 4th of July holiday!
Peace to all