November 24, 2019
Remember to bake nut-free cookies for the troops and put one dozen cookies in a zip lock bag. The church has the boxes for transport, two bags will be put in each box. December 15 is the cutoff date to accept cookies.
Please get the word out that Community Table is moved up to December 18 because of Christmas falling on the last Wednesday in December.
This coming Tuesday, First United Methodist Church will be “Hanging the Greens” at 1:00 p.m. Helping with this project is a sure way to get in the Christmas spirit.
Nancy Wooldridge served as Worship Leader while Cole Moore, Joe and Jaxon Salinas were our acolytes.
Pastor Ken Lunsford made a presentation of a $300 check to Sammy Moore, Finance Chair, from the West District Wildly Important Goals Program that we received at the Annual Charge Conference held at Hico, Texas. The check was awarded to our congregation from the West District because of the number of Professions Of Faith membership and increased attendance.
Neva Smith asked for continued prayers for her son, Mike Hancock. Nancy Wooldridge spoke about her sister-in-law, Mary Jane Stine, who is fighting a terrible disease.
Rev. Ken Lunsford dedicated his sermon, “Counting Our Spiritual Blessings,” to Mary Jane.
Our scripture reading was John 6:25-59. It is in this lesson that Jesus says, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
Jesus is speaking to a crowd who followed Him after seeing five small loaves of bread and two fish feed five thousand people. But Jesus isn’t impressed with their interest. He says they are looking for Him because they ate their fill. Then He warns them, “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On Him God the Father has placed His seal of approval.”
The thing that matters in life is relationships; relationships with other people and with God. People who feel loved can be happy in any situation. People who focus on other things are guaranteed to experience heartache someday, because everything else is temporary.
Be thankful this Thanksgiving for the people you love and for those who love you. Be thankful that God so loved the world that He gave His only Son for our salvation.
Sunday evening Pastor Ken and I attended the Dublin Ministerial Alliance “Community Thanksgiving” Service held this year at the First Baptist Church. Rev. Weldon Branham led the congregation in singing up-lifting music and Vickey Stone was the pianist. Mike Simpson delivered a beautiful invocation and Rev. Ken Lunsford delivered the offertory prayer and read the scripture lesson. Rev. Mike Hannah preached on overcoming fear and to remember that perfect love casts out all fear. And, Then Rev. Gerald Freeman gave a meaningful benediction. The offering raised will be divided between Transformation Pathways and Dublin Goodfellows.
The First Baptist had a marvelous array of cookies, muffins, and sponge cake waiting for us in fellowship hall. We appreciate their efforts and fine cooking.
Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!