Yes, that’s right. The pumpkin patch is gearing up for October! It will be here before you know it and that is why things need to begin happening now.
The first Pumpkin Patch Volunteers meeting will be held on Monday, August 30th at 6:00 pm in the FLC. Anyone who wants to volunteer to help out (in any way) is encouraged to attend this meeting.
The Pumpkin Patch will be open and selling pumpkins of all sizes and shapes from 10 am to 6 pm Mondays through Saturdays, and 1 - 6 pm on Sundays, from October 16th through the 31st.
Volunteers are needed to “sit” in the patch and sell pumpkins for shifts through this entire selling period. If you are able to help, please sign up on one of the “sitter sign in sheets” (Say that real fast!) located outside both doors to the Sanctuary.
See you there!
I hadn’t seen my nephew Scott and his family in close to three years – not since the death of his mother, my sister. I spent a couple of days with him while I was in Colorado where he has lived for the past seven years or so. I discovered a lot of new things about my nephew. For instance, he paints! I had no idea. He paints big, bold, bright paintings of things like poppies, roosters and sail fish. I also learned he likes to do much of the cooking at home – from pancakes for breakfast to grilled chicken salads for supper. I also discovered he travels to Washington D.C. frequently for some big project he is working on for Veteran’s Affairs Office for whom he works in Denver. Scott is also a very involved dad with his 8 year old son. It was kind of strange being with Scott as a grown man; in fact, the first time he spoke to me I didn’t really recognize his voice – it was like, “Who are you?”
I’m glad I got reacquainted with my nephew if only for a couple of days. I was reminded that just because you are related to someone doesn’t mean you know them. To really know someone you have to be in relationship with them on a consistent basis. Having only seen my nephew at funerals and an occasional holiday gathering in the last 8 years, I really didn’t know him all that well any more.
That’s how our relationship with God is too, isn’t it? If we don’t spend time with God on a daily basis, we soon don’t really know him very well. If we don’t talk with him or read his word, we lose a sense of his presence in our lives. If we only relate to God now and then or only on Sundays, we soon forget his grace and love and acceptance. We often lose touch with God – not because he has moved far away from us (like to Colorado) but because we have moved away from relating to him. God tends to get lost in the busy-ness of our lives. You can be assured, though, that God is there waiting for us when we do finally take the journey to him.
I would invite all of us not to wait three years or even three days to discover God and who God is. I would invite us to be in relationship with God every day of our lives so that we truly know him.
After the early service this past Sunday, the Junior High Sunday School class went to visit our church family members who are residents at Town Hall Estates. Then the class went to eat at IHOP. One of the classmembers picked a family that the class paid for their meal. She picked a family with three sons and a daughter. The mother came over to the girl’s table and hugged each one of them and prayed for the girls. Then she prayed for the guys at their table and hugged all of them. She took a picture of the entire class and posted it on her Facebook wall telling what the class had done to bless their family. They were on their way home to Weatherford from Waco, where they had been at a swim meet. She told the class how much God had blessed them and how faithful He was.
Also at IHOP, the waitress was given a plate of cookies, a generous tip and a card thanking her for serving them.
After leaving IHOP, the next stop was Wal-Mart. Each youth was given a list of supplies for Wesley Academy and food items for the Rosemont project. Then back at the church, a picture was taken of the class members with all the items they purchased. Since the class will be getting eight new members at promotion, the current classroom is too small. The youth then painted a wall with dry-erase paint in a larger room for Sunday School. It was a wonderful time with a great group of youth who blessed a family at IHOP and also provided much needed items for Wesley Academy and those at Rosemont. The funds for this ministry were from the extravagant generosity of those attending the church’s Valentine Banquet
Do you remember the 4th Commandment? It says, “Remember to keep the Sabbath holy.” Work and get everything done during six days each week, but the seventh day is a day of rest to honor the Lord your God.” We are supposed to rest one day a week just like God rested on the seventh day after creating the world the previous six days. When’s the last time you had Sabbath?
I remember growing up we didn’t do much on Sundays. We went to church, came home for lunch and then napped or took a drive in the country. Most businesses were closed on Sunday and the Texas blue laws prevented the stores that were open from selling certain non-essential items (like panty hose!). We didn’t do laundry or mow the lawn or other kinds of work around the house on Sunday. Some people worked of course, like restaurant and movie theater employees. Those days are long gone, aren’t they?
For many of us Sunday is the only time we seem to have for laundry, dusting, and vacuuming. Now of days, our kids play all kinds of sports or have other activities on Sundays. For most folks Sunday is just another day, nothing holy or restful about it.
God was actually trying to take care of us when he gave us this and the other commandments. God knows we need rest. God knows we need to spend time with him. It’s hard simply to be with God when we are multi-tasking seven days a week. We are exhausting ourselves, even killing ourselves, with work and play. One day a week we need just simply be. Be with God, be quiet, be still. Maybe we just can’t keep Sabbath for a whole day; could we keep it for an hour or so each day?
I go on vacation tomorrow. I hope to spend lots of quiet time with God. I hope to have a week of Sabbaths. Sounds good doesn’t it? Why don’t you join me this week and keep the Sabbath holy for a day or even an hour? In Christ, Pastor Donna
Sometime in the mid 1950s, my father bought a reel-to-reel tape recorder. He taped all kinds of things – including the multiplication table and Tennessee Ernie Ford; however he seemed to get the most enjoyment in taping my sisters and I singing or simply talking. When I was 4 or so, my father recorded me singing “Jesus Loves Me,” only it came out “Les, Jesus loves me” rather than “Yes, Jesus loves me.” I don’t even know a Les. The truth is I had a few speech problems back then including stuttering and being unable to pronounce certain letters. Anyway, on that same recording I am heard singing, “He is weak but we are strong.” Of course it is supposed to be “We are weak but He is strong” – just like it says in 1 Corinthians 1:25. As a 4 or 5 year old, I got it wrong. Or did I?
Of course Jesus is strong, but he became weak in order that we might become strong. In the second chapter of Philippians we read that Jesus emptied himself of his divinity, gave up his place with God and made himself nothing. He became a servant, humbled himself and was fully obedient to God even to the point of dying of the cross. He became weak. Why? So that he could empower us to stand strong against sin, to stand strong in faith, to live strong the new life he gave us. Jesus became a weak human in order to make us strong humans who would faithfully serve him, follow him, love him and become like him. We are not strong on our own; we are weak; but in his weakness and his strength, we have become strong.
So maybe the 4 year old Donna got it right after all, even if she didn’t know it. He became weak so that in his weakness we might become strong. Remember Les, whoever you are, Jesus does love me and you – so much so that he became weak and died so that we can be strong and alive and faithful.
In Christ, Pastor Donna