We have been truly blessed with the refreshing gentle rain and cooler weather. It’s looking a lot like fall and I for one could not be happier. Thank you Lord!
Birthday wishes are in order for Carl Sanders on the 4th, Ray Jordan and Denis Cano on the 5th, Todd Ashby on the 6th, E. Wayne Jordan, Wayne C. Jordan and little Miss Sophia Danielle Jordan on the 8th, Elizabeth Hoerster Cano, Jeff Kingston, and Nancy Jordan on the 9th. Lots of birthdays! Blessings to you all! We also want to wish Kevin and Melissa Toone Kothmann a very Happy Anniversary on the 4th.
The Christmas play practice will be on Wednesday, October 3rd at 6:00pm for Scenes 4 & 5.
Please note that the Mason Community Kitchen cooking at Mason ISD has been changed from Saturday to Friday, October 5th, starting at 2:30pm; packaging team begins at 4:00pm. The Prison Ministry Team training will be held in San Antonio at University UMC on Saturday, October 6th, from 9:00am to 1:00pm. The shoeboxes for the Mexico Christmas Outreach can be picked up at the back of the church. On Tuesday, October 9th, at 9:30am, the Art and Trinity United Methodist Women will have a workday for the upcoming Holiday Bazaar that will be held the first Saturday in November. Please bring a sack lunch and the regular monthly UMW meeting will follow at 2:30pm with a program and refreshments.
There will be a Basic and Advanced Lay Ministry Training that will be offered at Ozona UMC on Saturday, October 13th. Gathering and registration begins at 8:30am. Pre-registration makes it possible to plan the materials and meals. There is a fee of $30 for the materials and meals. Registration forms are available for pre-registration.
Art and Trinity UMC held their combined 2012 Church Conference and Sunday worship service at Trinity UMC in Castell. The Art Men’s Choir consisting of (shown in picture L to R) Stephen Mutschink, David Vater, Roger Jordan, Pastor Cliff Krcha, John Koock, Wayne Jordan and E. Wayne Jordan sang “Ivory Palaces”. District Superintendant, Reverend Larry Altman gave the sermon and then presided over the conference. Rev. Altman’s sermon was taken from the Gospel of John 21, 1-14; Miracle of the Fish-Christ appears to seven of the disciples. Simon Peter and six of the disciples had been fishing all night and had caught nothing. When daybreak came, a Stranger from the shore called to them asking if they had any fish. They answered Him, “No.” They obviously did not recognize that the Stranger was Jesus. He then instructed them to cast their net on the right side of the boat and they would find fish. When they did so, they were not able to even draw the net in because of the multitude of fish. John finally recognizes that the Stranger is in fact Jesus. When Simon Peter saw that it was Jesus, he jumped into the sea and started swimming toward land, followed by the others in the boat. Jesus had a fire with coals there and fish laid on it and bread. Jesus told them to bring some of the fish they had just caught. Peter dragged the net to land, full of one hundred fifty three large fish. Their fishing net had not even been torn. Jesus invited them to eat breakfast and they were speechless in the presence of their risen Lord. This was now the third time Jesus had shown Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead.
Rev. Altman recommended a book titled, “Does Your Church Have a Prayer?” He said that in John 17: 20-23, Jesus was praying for His entire church. This was the famous prayer in which Jesus prayed that the church would have a vision of joy and unity-completeness, and that the world would see God through the believers. Simon Peter felt it was time to go home for they had caught no fish. (Do we know what it is like to fish from the wrong side of the boat?) Jesus told him to fish on the other side of the boat. (Do we feel like our churches are growing or declining?) Jesus said, “Cast your nets into living waters where there is hope for a bountiful harvest!”
I am happy to report that the consensus from all the Conference Committee Reports is that Art and Trinity may be small in numbers, but we are growing and casting our nets to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ and we stand in awe of how our Lord cultivates the seeds of our belief. Peace to all