There has been a little crispness in the morning air and hunting season is upon us. Pumpkins, scarecrows, fall festivals, and leaves starting to fall. Get ready folks, Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here before we know it! Proof is in the attached photo! The Art & Trinity United Methodist Women recently held a workday for the upcoming Holiday Bazaar to be held on Saturday, November 3rd on the square in front of The Petal Patch. Pictured left to right is Willie Bauer, Susie Jordan, Shirley Davis (seated), Cheryl Fritze, Susan Ceynowa, Denise Kennedy, Joanne Coston and Joyce Mutschink. The UMW Holiday Bazaar is a Mission fundraiser project for our area.
We have several important events coming up! Don’t forget the Christmas Play practice for Scene 6 on Wednesday, October 24th at 6:00pm. The Art Church Work Day will be this Saturday, October 27th, from 9:00am to noon and lunch will be provided. On Sunday, October 28th, Art will have the Church 2013 Congregation Picture taken at 10:55am. The attire is 1800’s western wear. Also, just a reminder that the cookies for the Kairos Prison Ministry need to be ready to go on Sunday, November 4th.
Happy Belated Birthday to Virginia Durst and Clinton Durst on the 17th, Pearl Leifeste on the 18th, Jared Hudson and Tennille Kothmann on the 20th, Heather Yates on the 21st , Laird Palmer on the 22nd, and Taylor Slocum on the 23rd. Hope everyone had a splendid day! Upcoming Birthday Wishes go to Seth Hudson and Laura Danielle Jordan on the 25th, Willard Jordan on the 27th, Jimmie Hitzfelder and Colby Brown on the 29th, and Tad Leifeste on the 30th. We had the honor of having Rev. Tom Gibbons lead both our Art and Trinity services last Sunday. Rev. Gibbons is a retired minister and a member of Hilda UMC. The Scripture Reading was Job 38: 1-7. The Lord Reveals His Omnipotence to Job. Job is suffering greatly at this time and cannot understand why. He has laid the responsibility for his condition at God’s feet and continues to ask God to appear and hold court with him. His request is granted but not exactly as he had expected. Out of a whirlwind God speaks to Job directly and deals with his questions, challenges and contempt. In effect, God questions Job; “Who do you think you are, questioning Me?” God’s questions for Job enlighten him of the mystery and greatness of creation only possible through His power to have been created. God had no intention of humiliating Job; He was alerting him to the consequences of his demands and complaints. He was preparing Job for submission and restoration.
Rev. Gibbons told three stories that equated to Job’s situation. One was the modern day version of Job as depicted in the movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, the story of poor George Bailey who lost everything. Another example was the story of a Sunday school teacher whose prayers were always answered and the lady in her class whose prayers were never answered.
The story of Job continues and we will see how he humbles himself to God and how God restores his relationships and fortune. What about us? Rev. Gibbons reminded us that at times, God may seem distant, but He has not abandoned us. We all question the bad things that happen to us. We question “why me?” when we should ask “why not me”? We live in a less than perfect world and our ability to love and forgive is our most important tools. Peace to all