There is going to be plenty of chances for fellowship in the days ahead. We have a Fifth Sunday Luncheon on 3-30 immediately after services. Next on 4-16 our congregation will do an Easter Egg hunt for little children that afternoon. Then we serve the Community Table for April from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on 4-16.
The Women’s Bible Study continues every Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m.
Our Women’s Group had a great time at Betty Lusk’s home playing the domino game of “Train.” Betty’s husband, Lee, hid out in his man cave and watched TV. We ladies got to eat ice cream sundaes and laugh a lot.
Remember to bring canned goods for the for the food pantry on 4-6.
There will be a Vacation Bible School planning session on Monday, 4-7 at 6:30 p.m. If we have enough workers to help we can have a school this year. We can decide whether to do Bible School at night, in the day time, or a week-end.
Laura Leatherwood was our Worship Leader on Sunday, 3-23 and she did a wonderful job.
Pastor Ken preached earlier at Laurel St United Methodist Church, and then he and his wife Judy drove to San Saba to visit with friends.
Kevin Caraway, a lay minister from De Leon First Methodist Church, was gracious enough to “fill in” for Rev. Ken Lunsford.
“Who Is My Neighbor” was the title of Kevin’s sermon and he based it on Luke 10: 25-37. This part of Luke tells of Jesus’ parable of the “Good Samaritan.”
Kevin used the power point to explain his story of the hatred the Jews had for the Samaritans.
A traveler was set upon by thieves, all his possessions were stolen, even the man’s clothes. He was severely injured and left for dead.
All the men passing by the beaten and bloody half dead man on the Jericho road were probably going to the Temple in Jerusalem. The passing priest would have to make the choice of helping the poor fellow or becoming ritually unclean by touching the blood. So, the priest went on by. The same thing occurred when a Levite passed by. The third man, an un-named Samaritan, chose to stop and render aid. He tended the wounded man with oil and wine. Ironically this is what the priest would use at the Temple. The Samaritan put the wounded man on his donkey and took him to an inn. He paid the inn keeper to care for the wounded person and said he would return to check on him and pay more if required. When Jesus asked a Jewish legal expert “Which one of these three was a neighbor to the injured man?”
The legal expert replied “the one who showed mercy towards him.” Jesus told him to go and do likewise. Notice the expert would not even say Samaritan. The truth was laid before the expert but he was not comfortable with it.
Kevin said some folks may be different from us; they may vote different, have a different religion, and even be of a different race. But they may stop and care for us and then they are our neighbors and we should love our neighbors, shouldn’t we?