Last Sunday was truly a day of blessings! We were all blessed with a BIG burst of energy boosting fall weather! This is definitely my favorite time of the year. Let the fun begin!
Speaking of blessings, Trinity UMC was blessed with a new member on Sunday. My husband Ron and I attended the worship service and helped welcome Denise Kennedy into the congregation. She lives in Castell and has been attending Trinity and decided to transfer her membership. Denise is a very caring and dedicated person not only to Trinity but also to the Castell community as well.
You may have noticed an addition to the Bits of Art title. I felt in all fairness, I should add “and Trinity” since Pastor Cliff does pastor both churches. Nothing will change except the title. I will continue to report on both churches and tid bits from each community as I have in the past.
More blessings! If you have never had the opportunity to visit with Johnita Schuessler Bohmfalk, you’re missing a real treat. She’s a historian, singer, jokester, and blessing all tied up in one sweet bundle of joy with a great love for people and the Lord. Last Sunday was Communion Sunday and as always, Pastor Cliff, along with Jerialice Arsenault from Castell, took Communion to Johnita. Jerialice had recorded and gave a CD full of wonderful German hymns to Johnita. Robert Bohmfalk, Johnita’s son from Seguin was visiting so we all had our own little German Hymn Fest. Johnita grew up in Castell and attended the Hoersterville Church (Her husband was a Methodist Minister and they were married there in 1937) and the Castell School. We brought some pictures of school children and church members from her past and she immediately gave us first and last names of all her classmates, church friends and teachers! She identified all the faces we didn’t even have names for! Then to boot, she thanked Ron for bringing the pictures and informed him that his Aunt Gladys was her good school friend and named his grandfather, grandmother, and all his aunts and uncles by their first names.
What a memory! During our visit, she told us of how she has always loved people and that all people, good and bad, are children of God and that we must remember that and always pray for them. What a delightful lady and humble servant of God! Pictured (seated L to R) is Jerialice Arsenault, and Johnita Bohmfalk and (standing L to R) Ron Fritze, Robert Bohmfalk, and Pastor Cliff Krcha. I credit this story to Pastor Cliff, as he reminds us not to forget our beloved homebound and nursing home members and friends like Johnita. These wonderful folks have a wealth of knowledge and love and we must not forget them. Remember to keep Johnita, Pearl Leifeste, Dick Pierson, and Etta Marie Mutschink in your prayers. Perhaps if you have an hour or so to spare, a card, phone call, or visit would sure brighten their day and the gratitude and love they give in return will bless you beyond measure.
Happy Birthday to Mac Lewis on the 10th, Melissa Toone Kothmann on the 14th, and Nathaniel Jordan and Jacob Bibb on the 16th. Happy Anniversary to Laird and Beth Palmer on the 10th, John and Kelly Watson Mutschink on the 11th, and Don and Marge Boyd on the 16th. Here’s wishing each of you much love and a fun celebration on your special day!
Art’s Christmas Play practice will be on Wednesday, October 10th at 6:00pm for Scenes 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. The UMW Annual Conference Meeting will be held in Kerrville this Friday, October 12th, and Saturday, October 13th.
Last Sunday was the 19th Sunday after Pentecost and World Communion Sunday. The Lesson was taken from Job 1:1; 2:1-10. The Book of Job is one of the five Books of Wisdom Literature from the Old Testament and is divided into five sections. The historical story of Job is presented to us in various literary forms such as history, poetry, parables, and drama. By the location of Job’s homeland and the religious details in the story, this time table seems to have been a very early period of religious development. There were no priests and the patriarch of the family or clan offered the sacrifice for his family. In Chapter 1, Verse 1, we are introduced to Job. Reading the entire chapter would give you a better understanding of Job’s character and way of life. The controversy of Satan with God is discussed and how God grants Satan permission to test Job. The story tells of how Satan takes away Job’s wealth and children and how through it all he remains faithful to God. After reading to this point, we might question what we need to take from this story at this time………..unjust and bad things will happen and good people will suffer. Sometimes it appears that the perpetrators get away with it, however, there are no secrets from God and all injustices will be brought before God. (Read Romans Ch.12) How and when will God deal with all this? We do not know. What we must know is that despite our human choices, we must pray and ask for understanding. Could it be that when we are faced with hardships in our lives, we are called upon to prove that we have unconditional love for God and the belief that He is always in control even when our knowledge and understanding of events is limited?
Peace to all