It’s a great, cool Monday morning. I always know that Fall is near when the wild Gay Feathers begin to bloom on Eaton Cemetery Road. They are really pretty. Continue to pray for rain.
Happy birthday wishes go to Charlie Thigpen on September 19th, to Kim Jordan on September 21, also to Herman Hitzfelder on September 21st and to both Jean Horton and Michael Don Durst on September 22nd. Have a great celebration.
Our prayers and concerns go to Carlita Jordan as she battles pneumonia and an infection in the hospital in Fredericksburg. Continue your prayers for King and Cindy Brown as King is fighting pneumonia and other problems. Pray also for Barbara Buell, Dick Pierson, Marilyn Kahan, John Ceynowa and Florence Blake. The people who have been so deeply affected by the flooding and wind in East Texas will need our prayers and help for many weeks.
There is a new table in the Art Community Park, dedicated to the Andrew and Ida L. Smith Kothmann family. Everybody is reminded that the park is open for anyone to use and the cool days ahead are perfect for an evening picnic.
We want to thank Bill and Gayle Johnson of Coleman for the presentation about the Gideons as part of the service.
The German Hymn Fest will be held on Sunday, September 28th at the Art UMC. The church ladies are reminded that cookies will be needed for refreshments. Start your baking while it is cool.
The new short and profound bible study will start on September 21st and last for 6 weeks. We will be studying the book “Three Simple Rules: A Wesley Way of Living”. You can either attend the Sunday classes or the Tuesday group starting at 6:30 p.m.. Sign the list at the back of the church or call the pastor for more information.
A workday will be held on Saturday September 20th, starting at 8:30 a.m. to paint the new bathrooms. Bring your brushes, rags and cleaners. Donations are still needed to pay for this work and the kitchen improvements.
We can achieve great things if we stay focused. When Paul did something, he put all of his effort as a believer into the task. He focused all of his energy on Jesus Christ. It did not matter if people disagreed with him or if he was in jail or if his life was threatened. He stayed focused on God’s will.
Paul wrote to the Romans when they were having troubles. The people did not know which meats to eat and therefore, some would eat no meat while others would eat all meats. But everyone eats in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. Read the Gospel scripture in Romans 14:1-12. The important thing is that we are accepted by others as believers in Jesus Christ.
Jesus reaches out to us. He knocks at the door of your heart. He offers us his freely given grace, a gift for us to truly accept. You only must forgive yourself of your faults as God forgives you. We need to stay focused on God each day. Stay focused on God alone. We are all God’s children. He loves us completely.
We live in a world where people are all different. A world full of meanness, a selfish world, searching for power, focused on “me” instead of God and others.
Start every day by jumping out of bed and asking God: “What do You have for me to do today”? or saying: “Lord, I love you and I want to serve you today”. Believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins. Give your heart to Jesus. Believe that Jesus Christ has a purpose for you in this life. Seek a true relationship with God. He will truly change your life. He will answer your prayers. Nothing can separate us from the love of God, Stay focused on God.