February 2, 2020
Pastor Ken and I have a weakness for Girl Scout cookies. Even though Ken came home last week with a shopping bag full of boxes of cookies, we are nearly out! I guess we will drain our bank account and hock our possessions next. The peanut butter sandwich is my favorite.
Valentine’s Day is next week, so don’t forget your loved ones. Whether or not you send flowers or candy, be sure to send your love.
Neva Smith got a visit from Kathy Logan. Kathy and her daughters stopped by Neva’s home on their way to Houston. Kathy is scheduled to have surgery on her arm at a hospital there.
We included Kathy Logan in our prayers for a healing of her arm.
Our congregation extends sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Ricky Rowe. Ricky is Carolyn Belew’s brother.
It is time to start planning for Ash Wednesday services on February 26. That is Community Table night so please come to eat with us and receive a reminder of who you are and whose you are.
I missed going to Community Table in January. I was having another sick day. The kitchen crew sent me a wonderful food package that night. The “Hopping John” put me on the road to recovery.
The church still has calendars to give away. The calendars have our church name, address, and other contact information. It has scenes of the holy land, Bible verses, and recognizes national holidays and religious days.
Our Worship Leader this past Sunday was Lisa Leatherwood. Joe and Jaxson Salinas served as acolytes.
Lisa read the scriptures from Matthew 5:1-12. This is the “Beatitudes” taught by Jesus as He sat on the side of a mountain and spoke to His disciples.
We all know what it is to stand on the outside looking in. There are some groups that just won’t accept us. There are some doors we won’t ever pass through because we don’t have the right connections or status.
In Jesus’ day most people thought of the kingdom of God like that. That only certain people had the connections to get in. Such as family heritage, if you were a member of the nation of Israel you were one of the “chosen.” Or you could keep the laws of Moses, which grew to 613 rules. Jesus and St. Paul said that nobody could keep all the rules and said, “for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”
Jesus envisioned a club to which everyone on earth could belong. And in Matthew 5 He lists the qualifications, He called the members blessed. “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.”
Let’s study all nine of the beatitudes and see where we fit in. Jesus invites us into an extraordinary fellowship, He’s already paid the admission in full, and for all.
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