May 19, 2019
Our church yard sale was cancelled to rain and moved to Saturday, June 1, 7am-3pm. Hopefully it won’t rain. But picking a weekend when it’s not raining is becoming difficult.
Community Table this month is serving hamburgers! The last time burgers were on the menu we had many compliments. Hamburgers are one of the more expensive meals we do. You can stretch a dollar with casseroles, stews, and spaghetti, but with a burgers everyone gets a nice big, grilled beef patty with vegetables in a bun.
Community Table can use volunteers in all areas. Put the word out and come and volunteer to help, pack the to-go packs and also deliveries to those unable to come to the church and eat. The Stephenville Elks Lodge and our church ladies baked the cookies. And we can almost always use some cakes, pies, etc. for those that are dining in the fellowship hall. This is no longer just a Methodist project. Workers from several other churches come to assist and money is donated by our volunteers, church members, Stephenville Elks Lodge, Dairy Queen and several other sources. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
May 27 our church office will be closed for Memorial Day.
D J Klutts served as Worship Leader and read the scripture lesson from John 13:31-38.
Juanita Duncan is grateful for the prayers for her grandson Taylor. Taylor is the son of Terry Duncan. Taylor is on the mend and feeling better.
Jennifer Caviness asked for prayers for Elizabeth Kimbro. Jennifer is looking a job also.
We were happy to see Cliff and Nancy Wooldridge back from a vacation to a distant destination.
Rev. Ken Lunsford’s sermon was, “We Will Be Known by Our Love.”
It is in John 13:34-35 that Jesus says, “I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other.” The call to love was not new to Jewish teaching however, the early church took this command very serious and gained the reputation for caring for the needs of one another. They did not run away from plagues or abandon their sick as others did. Outsiders noticed their religious obligation and how it transformed Christian’s lives.
It is good to be reminded of this. Of course, we know not every person who claims to be a follower of Christ lives up to the standard.
Jesus did not say that the faithful will be known by reading the Bible from cover to cover, or what they can recite from memory, or by a fish bumper sticker on our car! No, He said “Love one another.” Exactly what does this look like?
When we care more about the safety, happiness, and well-being of another person more than our self, there, love exists. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 tells us about what loves does. Romans 12:9-10 gives us some advice about love.
Loving another person will change you and praying for your enemy just might make that enemy into a friend. We are called to love as Christ did.
God Bless you and thank you for reading!