September 9, 2018
Sunday was Grandparents Day! Our members with grandchildren and great-grandchildren report all is well with their families.
Mike and Mary Haley are traveling to ball games these days, their grandson is the quarterback for the Granbury Pirates high school football team.
Tell your friends and family about the Stephenville Community Pantry. They will be distributing food at the Stephenville First Baptist Church parking lot on Thursday, September 20, from 5 till 7 p.m. It is open for all Erath County residents, so come to get all types of food.
I will remind everyone that a food bank is housed in the front of the First United Methodist Church and that we are open Monday through Thursday from 9 am till 1 pm. Many different groups and churches contribute to this ministry.
Call our office at 254-445-2157 for more information or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Prayers for Deborah Hammonds who has had hip surgery. We also pray for Jeff and Lisa Weaver’s daughter, Kathy.
Our congregation extends sympathy to Ron Baker and his wife Maxine on the passing of Ron’s father.
Lisa Leatherwood served as our Worship Leader and she read the scripture lesson from Mark 7:31-37. Cole Moore and Joe Salinas were our acolytes.
Rev. Ken Lunsford titled his sermon, “Do You Believe in Miracles?”
In the scriptures read by Lisa there was stories of Jesus performing healing miracles. He healed the young daughter of a non-Jewish woman; the woman was Greek and from Syrophoenician. Jesus had been performing miracles and healings, but these were for the Jews. In this situation, He healed a Gentile.
Jesus then went from Tyre, and through the region of the Ten Cities. Some people brought a man who was deaf and barely spoke. The man’s ears were opened, and his twisted tongue was released. The people were overcome with wonder.
Jesus the Christ primary mission was to preach the gospel of deliverance and healing for all people. But He still responded to people who were in need whatever that need might be. Jesus healed in many ways, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
God does not always work in the way we have specified in prayer. But God does work and sometimes a miracle occurs. There are several walking miracles in this room.
At the end of the service the congregation gathered around several small blankets and quilts. We joined hands and prayed a blessing upon the small coverings. The little blankets will be given to the Dublin Police and Fire Departments and the quilts will go to our shut-ins.
The blankets were made by the children who attended our vacation bible school this summer. They had a “project with a purpose!” May God bless the children who made the blankets and the children who will receive them.