Fall started on Monday and we are still waiting for rain. Keep praying.
This last week of September is filled with birthdays. There are three on September 25th – Brenda Horton, Maribelle Hoerster, and Megan Toone. Then Ken Jordan celebrates on September 28th, and both Samantha Jordan and Treg Hudson will have parties on September 29th and Emily Bibb has her birthday on September 30th. And then, on October 1st, Mozelle Palmer will be four years old. Glad you all made it this far and hope you have many more birthdays. Enjoy yourselves. Also, happy anniversary to Mark and Leslie Mutschink on their second anniversary on September 29th.
Our concerns this week continue to include King Brown who now has a pacemaker, Carlita Jordan who is now home after a few days in the hospital, Marilyn Kahan for healing as she continues treatment, Alma Williams (mother of Brenda Kothmann) and Kathy Jordan’s mother and family as they rearrange their lives. God bless each one of you.
The Art church calendar is full for the rest of the year, beginning with The 58th Annual German Hymnfest of the Llano River Valley which will be held next Sunday afternoon, September 28th, starting at 3:00 p.m. The church ladies will serve refreshments after the singing. Stephen Mutschink has translated the hymns into English so that, even if you cannot read German, you can follow the words. The Art Men’s Choir will sing two specials. Come and sing and enjoy the fellowship.
The new Bible study will start on Tuesday, September 23rd and last for six weeks. We will be studying the book “Three Simple Rules”. The classes start at 6:30 p.m. If you would like to join the group, contact the Church Pastor.
Looking forward, mark your calendar for the UMW meeting on October 9th, for the Church Conference on October 12th at 4:00 p.m., for the Church Picture at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 19th and for the Heritage of Faith Tour on December 6th.
Reverend Krause used the Epistle lesson from Philippians 1:21-30 for his sermon titled “Stand Firm For Christ”. Stand firm for Christ in your life, in your commitment to God.
Paul was writing to encourage his fellow Christians. Paul knew that if he died, he would be in a better place. But he also knew that he needed to be where he could help the people that depended on him. And, because of his writings, he still touches us as we read his words. Paul loved God. Jesus had showed him the way and he stood firm in his faith.
If we truly love God and believe in Him, God will come and live in our hearts. Obey and believe God. Give yourself to God and let the Holy Spirit change your life. Study the scripture, the word inspired by God for us to use, that you may be empowered to stand up for God. Jesus Christ will give you the strength to go through life in the good times and the bad times. Be a witness to others about your faith. Be thankful for the things the Lord has done for you. Be thankful that Jesus came to the earth to be an example for us, that he suffered and died for our sins, that his disciples carried on his work and, like Paul, stood firm for Christ Jesus.
Be an example to others and guide them through the Holy Spirit. Pray for others, believers and non-believers. Pray that God will use you. And give God all of the honor, all of the glory and all of the power. Ask the Lord to fill you with His grace, love and truth.