Pat Beaty has a birthday this Friday, I think she is “29” this year.
There is an Administrative Finance Committee meeting on Wednesday, October 14 at 6:00 p.m.
Lisa Leatherwood was our Worship Leader last Sunday, Cole Moore and Joe Salinas served as acolytes, and Jacob McCarley operated the Power Point.
Laura Leatherwood taught the Youth and Children’s Lesson and she spoke about being a good helper. Laura talked about being helping hands and feet for God. She said sometimes people pray for help in their lives and we, ourselves, are God’s answer to those prayers. We can show our friends the right way to go in life.
Rev. Ken Lunsford prayed for the family of Margret Edwards of Fort Worth. Mrs. Edwards passed away on October 3. She was the grandmother of Jacob McCarley’s girlfriend, Taylor.
“Hard vs. Soft Heart” was the title of Rev. Ken Lunsford’s sermon. It was taken from Mark 10: 2-16. This scripture concerns divorce and Pastor Ken told us “if this was not on the lectionary of the United Methodist Church he would have dodged around it.” He had asked some of his Methodist pastor friends if they were going to use it and they said they were going to bypass it for safety reasons!
There were no divorce courts in Jesus’ day, all a man had to do was write on a piece of papyrus that he wanted to divorce his wife and give it to her.
The Christian home, once the stable element in the structure of our Western society, is besieged today from without and within. There are hurried claims upon our time and resources to such a degree that most American homes have no identification. They are isolated units of members without communal support. We no longer share interests and goals, no joining of human hearts and the aspirations they hold.
One marriage in three ends in divorce or separation and the number of “latch-key” children in the care of a single parent is on the increase. Teenagers left to follow the line of least resistance on their own leads to tragedy.
We must understand the real meaning of family responsibility. Worshiping together as a family is a good start, Sunday after Sunday, as a unit within the kingdom of God’s will and peace.
All love is of God, and hatred and enmity are of the evil one. Since God is love, then true affection in the home is more likely to deepen and endure where his presence is acknowledged, honored, and made central. Where love is, God is.