Have you ever noticed all the things you miss about home when you’re out of town? Like quietness, lack of traffic, friendly people and your Sunday Church Service! Don’t get me wrong, I like to go to the big city to see family, friends, and shop, but it doesn’t take long to get my fill and head home. This is one lifelong city gal that has changed her ways after living in the country for the last five years. I missed the German Hymn fest that was held on Sunday, September 16th, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Castell. I’ve had the pleasure of attending in the past and if you have never been to one, put it on your calendar for next year! The hymns are sung in German and some English, and the audience is given handouts to sing along. It’s a lot of fun and refreshments and fellowship always follows. That was also the same week-end we had all the blessings of rain. Thank you, Lord! Wow! Can’t much better than that! Well, now, let’s see……….. last Saturday, Art United Methodist Church had an ice cream social under the tabernacle. There was a water slide for the kids, country gospel music sung by Bill Cotter and Daryl Watson accompanied by Petra Watson on bass and, oh yes, lots of ice cream! What a beautiful evening and a great way to enjoy the last day of summer.
Please note folks, this is important……next Sunday, September 30th, is Art and Trinity’s Annual Conference. Sunday school will be held at Art UMC, and then we will go to Trinity UMC in Castell for our combined church service and conference meetings. Pastor Cliff has asked that we please pray this week that God will give us His wisdom that we may glorify Him in these church conference meetings with our District Superintendent, Rev. Larry Altman.There will be an Administrative Council meeting on Wednesday, September 26th, at 6:00pm. All representatives are asked to bring their reports. The Men’s Choir practice will follow at 7:00pm. The Young Life Banquet will be held on Saturday, September 29th, from 5:00-7:00pm, at The Old Peanut Mill. The Fifth Sunday Service will be held at Hilda UMC at 7:00pm, on Sunday, September 30th. The Missions Team Meeting will be on Monday, October 1st, at 11:00am. The next Christmas Play practice will be Wednesday, October 3rd, at 6:00pm for Scenes 4 and 5.
There’s more fun in the works! Art and Trinity United Methodist Women will be having a Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, November 3rd as a fundraiser for our Mission Project. We are inviting everyone to join in to make this a huge success! We will be asking for home made crafts, gifts, and baked goods. There will be a Holiday Bazaar organizational work day in the Art UMC Fellowship Hall on Tuesday, October, 9th starting at 9:30am. All our artisan and crafting friends, please come………….we need you and your ideas! The UMW meeting will follow at 2:30pm. Susie Jordan will present the program and I will be the hostess.
Happy Belated Birthday to Charlie Thigpin on the19th, Herman Hitzfelder and Kim Jordan on the 21st, Emeth Bauer on the 23rd, Michael Don Durst on the 24th, and Maribelle Hoerster and Megan Toone on the 25th. Hope you all had a great day! Special folks with birthdays coming up include; Ken Jordan on the 28th, Samantha Jordan and Treg Hudson on the 29th, Emilie Bibb on the 30th, and Mozelle Palmer on the 1st of October. Happy Birthday to all!
It was so good to have Clara McInnis with us Sunday. Clara continues with home therapy and is looking and doing very well. Carolyn Vater’s great-nephew SSgt Breg Hughes has finally been allowed to return home after months of being at Brook Army Medical Center. Please keep him in your prayers for his continued recovery. Please remember to contact me if you have a specific prayer concern you would like to include in Bits of Art. You will find all prayer concerns in Pastor Cliff’s e-mails each week. We always ask for your continued prayers for our homebound, nursing home friends and members, and our servicemen and women.
Sunday was the 17th Sunday after Pentecost. The altar flowers were given by Kathy Jordan. The Gospel reading was taken from Mark 9: 30-32.
Jesus was truly struggling to reach the people, but He knew He would soon start the final phase of His earthly ministry. This part of His journey through Galilee was for the continued teaching of His disciples. He would again for the second time reveal His upcoming death and resurrection, but they still did not understand. His journey and teachings continue.
Peace to all