May 5, 2019
Mark your calendars for a Spring yard sale here at First United Methodist Church on Saturday, 5-18. Please come Friday, 5-17 at 6:00 p.m. to help empty the storage barn and load up the trailers for the sale.
Betty Lusk is chairman of the sale; she and Lee are strenuously working to make it a success. Let’s step up and help them in any way possible.
Pastor Ken continues to teach Confirmation classes. He taught one on Tuesday and will teach another on May 14, and 28 at 6:00 p.m.
Jeanne Wendt served as Worship Leader this past Sunday and read our scripture lesson from John 21:1-19. Jeanne did a fantastic job; she is just at home standing at the microphone as she is at her own kitchen sink. And that is a good thing because she was filling in for me because I had tummy troubles Sunday morning. I was supposed to fill in for Lisa Leatherwood who went to care for her grandchildren. Are you keeping score?
Our May birthday celebrants are Amy Cisneros 5-7, Julia Broussard 5-9, Lee Leatherwood 5-10, Wanda Patterson 5-18, Cliff Wooldridge 5-21, Jim Leatherwood and James Sage on 5-29.
Ben Pate, who won the recent city council race, stood to thank everyone in the community who voted for him. Pastor Ken and our congregation said we would pray for Ben and we weren’t joking!
Juanita Duncan asked for prayers for her grandson Taylor Duncan.
Leta Sage asked for prayers for me!
Prayers were requested for Michael Floyd.
Rev. Ken Lunsford titled his sermon “The Power of F.U.D.!” Which stands for fear, uncertainty, and doubt.
In the scripture reading we learned that Jesus appeared again to His disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. This was the third time Jesus appeared to them since He was raised from the dead. The disciples were unsure what the future held for them, they had uncertainty and fear. Some even doubt. But Simon Peter said he was going to fish and the others went with him. After a night of fishing with no luck they saw a man on the shore. He called to them, He told them to cast their net on the right side on the boat. They caught the net full, but it did not tear, and they brought them all to shore. The count was 153 fish. The man on shore was Jesus and He was cooking breakfast for them.
As people of faith, our challenge is to find a way to live confidently and victoriously in a world where FUD is an ever-present possibility. Getting through FUD requires trusting God and stepping out in faith. Trust the teachings of the faith. Keep on keeping on. Remember that tomorrow is coming, today may be the worst day of your life, but tomorrow will come and with-it new possibilities.
The apostles fished all night and didn’t catch a thing. Then came the dawn and everything changed. Believe not only that Jesus was alive back then, but He lives today. Because He lives, we can face tomorrow and be unafraid. The power of the risen Christ is still set free.
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