First and foremost we salute and thank our veterans for their service, commitment and sacrafice for our past, present and continued freedom. The Art UMC veterans include Sterling Jordan, Clinton Durst, Nathaniel Jordan, Tad Leifeste, Dick Pierson, Steve Toone, John Ceynowa, E. Wayne Jordan, Kenneth Kothmann, Stuart Jordan, Taylor Slocum, Josh Calhoun, Matt Krause, Amanda Adams, Kyle Pierce, Laird Palmer, Cody Krcha, and Cliff Krcha. Our veteran from Trinity UMC is Tuffy Davis. In his benediction last Sunday, Pastor Cliff sent us forth with this timely prayer……….War is never the answer. Unfortunately, it is sometimes necessary. God has blessed this nation. It is the land of the free and the home of the brave. Our freedoms are not free. Many men and women have answered the call to protect us and to protect the innocent and have paid the ultimate price. Praise God that we have the gift of eternal life. Praise God for those who serve in Harm’s Way. Amen
There will be a Ministerial Alliance Meeting on Wednesday, November, 14th at 10:00am. The Art Education Team will also have a meeting on Wednesday at 5:00pm followed by PPR (Pastor Parish Relations) meeting at 6:00pm. Sunday, November, 18th is Christ the King Sunday and we will have the Hanging of the Greens and breakfast at 9:30am at Art. The next Art Christmas Play practice will be on Tuesday, November,20th, at 6:00pm at the Mason High School Auditorium. This will be for all scenes. Also, don’t forget to pick up your empty shoeboxes to be filled for the Mexico Christmas Outreach. The shoeboxes can be found in the back of the church by the guest registry book. Wow, we are really gearing up for the holidays! Exciting!
Happy Belated Birthday to Traci Jordan whose birthday was yesterday, November 12th. Hope you had a great day Traci! A belated Happy Anniversary greeting goes to David and Beth Leifeste Alm! Congratulations!
Last Sunday’s Gospel Reading was Mark 12: 38-44. The Widow’s Offering The scribes in Jesus’ day were teachers of the law and to distinguish themselves they wore long clothing, loved recognition, and flaunted their high positions. Jesus said to beware of the scribes for their love for praise paralleled their greed for money. The scribes were dependent of peoples gifts and in aiding widows who needed assistance, they contrived plans for their own personal gain.
The treasury was an area where receptacles were placed to receive offerings and taxes for the Temple. Jesus watched the people as they put money into the receptacles. Many rich people put in a lot and one poor widow put in two mites, a gift that was very small in comparison. This widow worshiped God with genuine devotion and deep humility. Jesus told His disciples that this poor widow had put more into the treasury than all the others because they gave out of their abundance and she out of her proverty gave all she had, her whole livelihood. Jesus’ comparison of the percentages contributed by the rich and the poor shows that an offering does not always signify the measure of love of the one who gives. Pastor Cliff reminded us that faith in money instead of Jesus is a problem, given that all we have is a gift from God. To those who use well what they have been given will be given more. The bible says that on Judgement Day we will have to give an account to God for ourselves and for what we have been given.
Peace to all