Passerby’s must have taken a double-take as they witnessed a step back in time to the 1800’s last Sunday morning as members and friends of Art Methodist Church gathered for their annual congregational photograph. With the puff of smoke from the photographer’s camera, the photograph was taken and sealed in time. Well folks, it was a beautiful fall Sunday morning for our annual church picture. As we know, many things have changed since the late 1800’s, even our church title. Yet, some things have not changed with time at Art United Methodist Church. Faith in God, fellowship and service with each other and the community, and the gratefulness for our many blessings are just a few of the things that remain the same. So, yes our mode of dress and transportation has changed and okay, okay….. so this picture was staged, but the rest of the story is true.
Art UMC will have a Finance Meeting at 6:00pm On Wednesday, October 31st, followed by Men’s Choir practice at 7pm. Just a reminder that the Art and Trinity UMW will have a Holiday Bazaar workday on Thursday, November 1st, at 10:00am in the Art Fellowship Hall. Please bring your baked goods and craft items. We will finish crafts, and price and package everything. We encourage everyone to donate baked goods and craft items and bring them to the church on Thursday for this UMW Mission Fundraiser. The Holiday Bazaar will be held on Saturday, November 3rd, on the Mason Square in front of The Petal Patch. Set up will start at 8:30am and we will be ready for business at 9:00am. The cookies for the Kairos Prison Ministry are due at the church on Sunday, November 4th. Pastor Cliff will be on the Kairos Prison Ministry November 5th thru 8th. Please pray for this ministry. Also remember that Daylight Savings Time ends (fall back) on Sunday, November 4th. There will be a Mission Team Meeting at 11:15am on Monday, November 5th, at Tyra Jordan’s home. Our Christmas Play practice will be at 6:00pm on Tuesday, November 6th, at the High School Auditorium. It will be for all scenes and everyone must attend.
Happy Birthday wishes go to Willie Bauer on November 1st, Jan Jordan on the 2nd, Stuart Jordan on the 3rd, and Belinda Donop on the 5th. Happy and Blessed Birthday to all!
Sunday was the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost. The Scripture Reading was taken from Job 42:1-6 and 10-17. This is the account of Job’s repentance and restoration and the end of the Book of Job. In verses 1 through 6, Job now humbly repents. Before, Job’s knowledge of God was second-hand (remember this was an early period of religious development and there were no priests or sanctuaries) in this patriarchal time frame. Now, by his own personal experience first- hand, he sees God’s power, wisdom, and love demonstrated. He now confesses that he spoke foolishly and without understanding. All of Job’s questions had not been answered, but they were no longer significant issues since he had been transformed by his personal encounter with God.
In verses 10-17, we see how God expresses His loving grace and mercy to Job. God owed Job nothing, but He restored his prosperity. Job was faithful, Satan was wrong, and God was vindicated. Pastor Cliff spoke about how hard it is for us to understand why bad things happen.
He said there is no easy answer but we can learn from God’s words in Isaiah 55:8, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways.” He said we should all drop down on our knees and give thanks for our blessed and abundant lives. It is obvious that God’s eternal purposes are beyond our full comprehension. We see dimly now and we know only part of the puzzle, but with great faith, worship, obedience, and integrity in the face of all adversity, we will see clearly someday. Peace to all