A couple of weeks ago Pastor Ken received two new members into our congregation, they are Jon and Roxey Volkmer. They moved to Dublin from Huntsville, Texas. The Volkmers are already finding places to volunteer for their church and community.
Our congregation was saddened to learn of the passing of JoAnn Ragan. JoAnn was a faithful member and worker of our congregation for as long as her health permitted. We extend sympathy to her family and friends.
Pat Beaty sent word that her husband, Paul, is recovering nicely from his procedure at Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. Lisa Leatherwood tells us she had a glowing report from medical tests run last week. Hallelujah, to God be the glory for this welcome news. The days of miracles are not past, but continue all around us.
Robert and Irene Sohm brought their grandson, Robert, to services. He is a nice, polite young man.
Ron and Maxine Baker visited with us also.
D.J. Klutts had a birthday on the 3rd, Conner Moore’s the 9th and Judy Beckham on the 20th. Pat and Lisa Leatherwood celebrated their anniversary Wednesday and Jon and Roxey Volkmer will have one on the 20th. Congratulations all around.
“Thank God We Are Free” was the title of Rev. Ken Lunsford’s sermon. He based this on our scripture reading of Romans 6: 12-23.
St. Paul writes that sin will have no power over you, because you aren’t under Law but under grace. He says you have been set free from sin and become slaves to God, you have the consequence of a holy life, and the outcome is eternal life. The wages that sin pays are death, but God’s gift is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Our country was founded by a group of people who had an amazing vision of a better government, one of the people, for the people, and by the people. Freedom, what a powerful word. Freedom of speech, of the press, freedom to worship as we choose. We dare not take these things for granted and should celebrate as generations have before us.
For Christians the most important freedom is the one that only Christ can bring, this is the freedom from sin and death, from fear and failure, from anger and revenge. Today is the day that freedom can happen to you, will you join your life to Christ? Then you can shout out as did Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Free at last. Free at last. Thank God Almighty, I’m free at last.”
Communion was served by Pastor Ken and assisted by Jeanne Wendt