What a great 4th of July! We celebrated on the river in Castell and enjoyed fantastic fireworks provided by Mike, Denise and Kristen Kennedy, wonderful food prepared by Martha Rowlett and Larry Payne, and great weather provided by God! I’m happy to say Dee Dee Fiedler was able to join us for the fireworks as well. As we enjoyed the freedom to celebrate, I couldn’t help reflecting on how truly blessed we are to be Americans! Heavy duty prices have been paid and are currently being paid for our freedom, thus all the more reason for us to be so proud and grateful.
The rain has been getting really close, so, given we have chances all week, let’s pray, pray, pray!
I remembered my camera this week, so Ron snapped a picture of Stuart and Julia Jordan. Stuart and Julia joined Art UMC on June 17th. They live in Abilene, but are here quite often on week-ends visiting with Stuart’s parents, John and Susie Jordan.
Happy Birthday wishes are in order for Daniel Thomas Ullrich and Jordan Kothmann on the 12th, Kathy Jordan on the 15th, Karen Toone on the 16th and Caroline Jordan on the 17th. Ron and I will celebrate our anniversary on the 11th. May all the cake and gifts flow!
I’m excited! It’s almost time for Vacation Bible School! This year VBS will be held in the Fellowship Hall of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Mason, July 23-26. The theme is the Amazing Desert Journey and you may pick up registration forms from church or contact Vondell Jordan at (325)347-6776. Art provides the snacks, and if I must say so myself, (and I will) they are wonderful! Under the leadership and creative mind of Tyra Jordan in the kitchen, you can understand why they’re the BEST! So, kids from all around, tell your parents and come join us for four days of an amazing, fun filled desert journey!
Just a reminder that JW and Bonnie Harle of Young Life will be with us next Sunday. They have been called by God to share their lives and the Good News of Jesus Christ with unchurched kids of Mason County. They try to help young people develop the skills, assets and attitudes to reach their full God-given potential. Please come join us next Sunday to hear about their outreach program.
Virginia Durst announced the farewell luncheon planned for Nea Young on Tuesday, July 17th, at 11am at her home. Nea will be moving soon and this will be a great opportunity to say goodbye. Nea was an active member of Art UMC and UMW. Please contact Virginia if you will be attending. We have another sad departure. Dakota, Christian, and Jordan Dyess, grandchildren of Bill and Monica Cotter will be moving to California soon. We will sincerely miss these children, as they have been a wonderful addition and blessing to our congregation. "We love you Dakota, Christian and Jordan and you will always be in our hearts and we look forward to your visits with your grandparents".
We have several prayer requests from last Sunday. David Vater asked for prayers for his long time friend George Donnelly, who has lung cancer. Please pray for Sterling Jordan and his family as they lost Sterling’s sister Dorothy last week. Please pray also for those who go to serve the Lord in our country and abroad and for the Colorado fire victims; for their restoration, renewal and recovery.
It was great to have Clinton Durst back with us in worship last Sunday. Jean Lyon thanked everyone for the prayers for her son-in-law, Michael Parker. He is doing well and had a good report following his kidney procedure.
Sunday was the 5th Sunday after Pentecost. The Gospel was Mark 6: 1-6. You may recall that Jesus has been out and about the countryside with his disciples teaching and performing miracles. Jesus and his disciples now return to Nazareth, his hometown. The next Sabbath he began teaching there, in the synagogue. Those who heard him were amazed but questioned where he got his wisdom and power to perform such miracles, after all, he was nothing more than a "carpenter". They were offended and refused to believe in him. Jesus told them, "A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family." The people felt he was really no different from them and much less that he was anointed by God. Jesus observed their continuing doubt and chose not to do "deeds of power" or "mighty works" with the exception of placing his hands on a few sick people and healing them. God’s power and authority cannot be limited and Jesus felt because of the lack of faith shown by the people, he would act through God’s power when they sincerely trusted him. Therefore he and the disciples went on their way teaching in other villages.
Jesus saw skepticism, non belief, and non acceptance from those close to him. I think he probably scratch his head while moving on. He knew what was to come. In his three years of teaching and his 36 parables, his stated we will know the truth and the truth will make us free.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. How could we not believe?
Peace and belief to all