It may be a little wishful thinking, but it felt like a little touch of fall in the air this past week. The temperature for the latter part of this week however, is predicted to get into the 100’s. Some folks around the area received a little well deserved rain last week, so maybe they invited some of their neighbors to church or maybe it was just their turn.
The sad note around Art and Mason is that there are cattle rustlers in our area, which struck one of our beloved church members. This may be a great opportunity to meet or get better acquainted with your neighbors and start looking out for each other again. In the big communities they call it a “neighborhood watch” party; in the Hill Country we may have to call it a “hide and seek” party. Deer blinds are great places for taking camera shots! There’s a lot of hiding places out there, so potential cattle rustlers, beware! Here’s an idea; change your occupation title from “cattle rustler” to “law abiding, honest, hard working citizen” and you won’t have to always be looking over your shoulder!
There will be a PPR Committee meeting on Wednesday, August 29th at 6:00pm followed by Men’s Choir practice at 7:00pm. Just a reminder that the Bible Study in Castell meets every Wednesday from 10:30am –noon in the Fellowship Hall. The Christmas Play practice will be Tuesday, September 4th at 6:00pm.
Please continue prayers for our servicemen and women, our homebound and nursing home friends and members, and all children returning to school. Pray that our upcoming presidential voting decisions will be the best for our country. For individual joys and prayer requests within the Trinity and Art congregations, please see Pastor Cliff’s ongoing e-mails.
Happy Birthday wishes go to Eliza Cope on the 31th, Monica Hinckley on the 1st, and Frances Toeppich on the 4th. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to Layton and Janet Leifeste James on the 4th. May you all have a blessed day!
Sunday was the 13th Sunday after Pentecost and the Gospel was John 6:56-69. The message was being delivered at the synagogue in Capernaum. The Jews totally misunderstood Jesus as He figuratively spoke of eating His flesh and drinking His blood. Leviticus 17:11 explains that life is in the blood. To accept the sacrifice of Christ’s body (flesh) and blood is the basis for eternal life. Food and drink meets physical needs, and the flesh and blood of Christ meets spiritual needs. Because so many didn’t understand this, they were offended. Knowing they were offended, Jesus went on to ask them if they would be further offended at the idea of His ascension. He tried to explain that He did not intend for them to eat physically of His flesh; that would accomplish nothing, but that it was His spirit (person) which gives life. The words He spoke were spirit and life. He just wanted them to accept what He said and they would have life. Many still left Christ because of their unbelief. Jesus asked the twelve if they were also going to leave. Simon Peter had understood the teaching of Jesus and knew His words were the words of eternal life. “We believe and are sure” Peter said. Peter then proclaimed Jesus as the holy, anointed and chosen One! Peace to all