The lovely lady pictured above is Nea Young. Nea was honored last week by friends and family at a farewell luncheon in the home of Virginia Durst. In addition to Virginia, Maribelle Hoerster, Tyra Jordan and Joyce Mutschink served as hostesses for this delightful gathering of fellowship, food, and love for our gracious friend Nea. She has moved to her childhood home in north Texas and will be greatly missed. We will all look forward to seeing her again when she comes to visit her niece here in Mason. Nea always greeted folks with such warmth and sincerity and in my opinion, she is and will always be the epitome of a true southern lady. May God always bless you Nea and know you will forever be in our hearts.
During my absence last Sunday, Virginia Durst took notes of all the joys and concerns from last week. Virginia is a true blessing to Art UMC in so many ways and we thank her for her love and dedication.
Happy Birthday to Keven Kothmann and Jackie Johnson, both on the 25th and Megan Ceynowa on the 28th. Happy Anniversary to Don and Deborah Jordan Baxter on the 27th and Carl and Tina Ceynowa Sanders on the 29th. Blessings to all!Jean Lyon expressed joy that she and her family had a fun and safe vacation to Corpus Christi. Kristin Gleghorn was thankful that her husband Bobby was able to put their automobile engine back together successfully. Carolyn Vater expressed joy for having children and grandchildren visit. Bill Cotter was thankful for good help at work. Crystal Ceynowa was thankful for family time with Megan, Susan, John, Tina, and Amber as they celebrated Megan’s birthday with a trip to Fiesta Texas and other fun outings. Roger Jordan expressed joy that Matt, Diana, Sophia, Laura and Emmie had a fun 3 days at the coast.
Pastor Cliff asked that we pray that the war in Syria will stop. Kristen reminded us of the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, and to pray for all those who were still hospitalized and for their families and the families of those who had lost their lives—Pastor Cliff added that we should pray for the gunman and his family as well. Prayers for a successful Vacation Bible School were also requested. At my request, Virginia asked for prayers for my granddaughter Shelby Stuever’s friend, Kali Gorzell’s family and friends. Kali was Shelby’s 16 year old classmate at Smithson Valley High School in Spring Branch. Kali was killed last Friday in a boating accident in Port Aransas.
I must say that I, as many others, have been deeply saddened this last week by the senseless deaths and injuries inflicted on innocent people by the gunman in Colorado. I had a double dose of sadness when I picked up my granddaughter from camp Saturday and witnessed her pain at having just found out about her friend being killed. Even with having a working background in the death care industry, I struggled with comforting her. I asked God to let my words be His words. The words did come, later that evening. Human life is so fragile and precious and when tragedy occurs and we see the reality of death, the hope, faith and assurance from our heavenly Father becomes our lifeline more than ever before. Life is a God given gift and is to be cherished and remembered. When we do have to stare tragedy in the face and question “why”, we may not be receptive to God’s presence. God’s love is the unsurpassable force that will guide our desperate minds and hearts toward healing. Let’s cherish life, make more time for our family and friends and never ever take anything for granted other than the promise of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, shall we?
Pastor Cliff’s message was Ephesians Chapter 2. The character and progress of the Church is discussed and how Jesus removed all barriers between God and God’s people. Jesus united the Jews and the Gentiles. By his death on the cross, Jesus brought peace to us and broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. Together, we are His house, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets. The cornerstone is Jesus Christ himself. We are carefully joined together in Him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. Through Jesus we are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit. (Ephesians 2:20-22) Peace to all