November 4, 2018
D J Klutts served as Worship Leader and told the congregation the number of people served at Community Table on Halloween night was 282. Let me tell you the spaghetti sauce was a prize winner! I would like to see more people come to the fellowship hall to eat, but we deliver to folks are shut-ins, or have no transportation.
D J read a thank you card from the Christian Women’s Job Core; Laura Leatherwood regularly takes a meal to the ladies on behalf of our church. D J also read the scripture lesson from Mark 12:28-34.
Barbara Stevens daughter, Donna Graf, continues to improve from her injuries. Donna must have the dead tissue scraped away from the rope burns on her arms and it is very painful.
Neva tells us her daughter went to see a Gaither concert in the metroplex, but the daughter became ill and fainted. That stopped the show and nurses and paramedics who were present attended to her till she taken to a hospital for care. She has recovered.
November birthdays are; Judy Lunsford, Alford Havens, Nancy Wooldridge, Gene Klutts, Ken Lunsford and Jeannie Wendt share one, and next is Juanita Duncan. Lawrence and Pat Outlaw have an anniversary on 11-23.
The deadline for Christmas Child shoeboxes is Sunday.
Thursday, November 29 at 10:00 a.m. is “Hanging of the Greens” here at First United Methodist Church. That means we decorate for Christmas. If want to revive the Christmas spirit be here to help.
Rev. Ken Lunsford preached on “Where Is God’s Kingdom?” I was privileged to hear this sermon and I was really moved by it. I’m sending a copy of it to our children.
When one of the legal experts asked Jesus, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus replied, “Our God is the one Lord, and you must love the Lord you God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this, you will love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these.”
Most of what we hear these days is about the kingdom that is to come, the Second Coming. We hear about the end of time. We see bumper stickers saying; “Jesus is coming, and boy is He mad, or are you ready?” But there is another kingdom that was a central theme of Jesus’ teaching.
Jesus’ first sermon began with: “The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe the gospel.” Most of His parables begin with “The Kingdom of God is like this or the Kingdom is like that. Most of His references are to a kingdom already here. It appears to me the Kingdom of God is not only an existence to come, but a state of mind here and now. The Kingdom exists wherever God reigns in human hearts and God is love. Where God is, there is Love and where Love is, there is God! You cannot hold onto anger, prejudice, or bitterness and claim citizenship in Christ’s Kingdom. Remember the Great Commandment!