The main speaker gave new ideas on ways the church can appeal to modern families and approach the un-churched.
Our church was the scene of the wedding of Joseph Cisneroz and Amy Leatherwood on Saturday evening, 4-27-13. And it was a beautiful, religious ceremony, not just a repeating of vows.
The Methodist church was decorated from the foyer to the back wall of the sanctuary. A large grapevine wreath hanging high at the back held a lovely old lace wedding veil cascading down the wall. I don’t know who it belonged to, but I bet we find out in a later article.
Our church was filled to over flowing; extra chairs were set up at the front and along the outer wall of the sanctuary. My goodness; Gus and Oma T. Martine were escorted to the choir loft to find a seat!
We hope and pray for the young couple to have a long and joy filled life together.
The mundane problems of life must also be taken care of. It was discovered that the commodes in the men’s and woman’s restrooms in the Clay Annex were cracked and leaking. Ray LaBaume made an executive decision to do a telephone confab with the Trustee Committee members who could be reached. A quorum was reached and votes taken to purchase two new commodes.
New floor covering is being installed in the Clay Annex entry and restrooms and the old commode fixtures were removed for the installation and that is how the leaks were found.
A rummage sale is scheduled for May 10 and 11. That is a busy week-end, a local election will be held on the 11th and Sunday, May 12 is Mother’s Day. We will work hard, pray a lot and hope for a success. Our storage barn is crowded with wonderful things and we need to have a sale. Already a sofa, recliner and TV have been sold to a gentleman who was moving and needed the furniture.
The children’s lesson on 4-28 concerned saying harmful things. Laura Leatherwood brought a jar of glitter to show the youngsters. She said if you pour some out on a table or in your hand it is impossible to get every bit back in the jar. A little bit of glitter will stick to your hands or clothes. That is what happens when we say something unkind or thoughtless to someone. We can say oh I did not mean it or I was only kidding, but we can’t really take it back. So we should think before we speak and not say hurtful things in the first place.
Rev. Ken Lunsford titled his sermon “God’s Vision For His Church!” The scripture was from Acts 11: 1-18. This scripture tells of St. Peter eating with the Gentiles. He was soundly criticized for this by the Jewish believers in Christ. Then Peter explained a vision he had experienced where a large sheet came down from heaven. This sheet held all kinds of animals, birds and reptiles; it held the clean and unclean all together. A voice from heaven proclaimed “What God has made clean, you must not call profane.” Peter asked, “Who was I that I could hinder God?” This changed the minds of Peter’s critics and they believed that God had given to the Gentiles the repentance that leads to life.
Pastor Ken said we have our problems in the church; we have differences, fears and lack of trust. But we cannot completely restrict the Holy Spirit’s work in the church. Despite our personal agendas God’s purpose will be fulfilled in God’s church.
Who are we to stand in the way of God and His desires for His church? If God through Jesus Christ gave the gift of the Holy Spirit to those early Jewish and Gentile Christians can we not expect the Spirit to help us fulfill Peter’s vision and unify all people in the body of Christ?
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