Pastor’s Midweek News

Pastor’s Midweek August 21, 2019      

This is our sermon title for August 25th. The scripture lessons are Jeremiah 1:4-10 and Luke 13:10-17. And the message will be different from other “back to school” sermons as we consider the wisdom of our Native Americans and how the old and the new lessons are melded in Jesus. The book “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” by Kent Nerburn will provide a perspective on learning and tradition from the Native Americans. And, we will Bless the Backpacks in each service, so bring your backpacks, carry-alls, brief cases and rollers, and we will give them a blessing!

I am very excited about our Preaching series for September as we consider the Prophet Jeremiah. It was an age of upheaval, of apostasy and reform, as Assyria, Babylon and Egypt fought to control the “fertile crescent”. And Judah was right in the middle. Sometimes trying to appease; other times trying to form alliances; and many times, dominated by more powerful forces. Jeremiah came into this mixed up time to preach G-d’s warning. He offered his tears for what Judah had become and what would happen to her. And he would, sometimes, offer hope. This message is timeless and over the next five months we will consider consequence, repentance and restoration then and now.  September 1, 2019, Labor Day Weekend, Sermon Title: “Cracked Cisterns”. Scriptures: Jeremiah 2:4-13 and Luke 14:1, 7-14. September 8, 2019,Sermon Title: “100 Crosses”. Scriptures: Jeremiah 18:1-11 and Matthew 11:28. September 15, 2019, Sermon Title: “The Chickens Come Home to Roost”. Scriptures: Jeremiah 4:11-12; 22-28 and Luke 15:1-10. September 22, 2019,Sermon Title: “A Balm in Gilead”. Scriptures: Jeremiah 8:18-19:1 and Luke 5:27-32. September 29, 2019,Sermon Title: “Restoration”. Scriptures: Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15 and Luke 16:19-31

 “Paint the Church”. For several years, the Administrative Board has been discussing the need to paint the exterior of the church. It is faded, cracked and peeling in some spots, and the wood is weathering. We also have some boards that need to be replaced, joints that need caulking and just some general maintenance so our church will continue to shine. We now have a bid for the painting which includes pressure washing our sidewalks, replacing any rotten wood and applying two coats of paint, all at a cost of $6,400.00. The Board deems this bid to be quite reasonable. We would like to raise this amount of money from the congregation as “Extra Mile” giving. Just mark your check “Paint the Church” and we will get this project underway. The contributions are coming in but we have a ways to go.

 Stuff the Bus. August 23 from 3:00 until 5:00. Once again, we will offer hygiene kits and encouragement to our junior high kids. Please check with the office to see how you can help.

 The Texas Tea Stitchers Guild of Luling will be having a Quilt Show in our sanctuary on September 28 from 10:00 to 2:00. There will be folks on hand to tell the stories of the quilts. And we are invited to also bring quilts for display. Contact Judy Lightsey for more information. And there will be a Bake Sale in conjunction with the show. Pastor Bill is now a quilt enthusiast.

Notes: We have concluded our summer reading program and thanks to the volunteers that helped make this happen. We are confident that the kids who participated are better prepared for school this coming week. Our

Partnership and ministry with Nolan Terrace have been fruitful this summer. Again, thanks to the volunteers from the church for entering the lives of these folks and helping build community.  There are plans for a playscape on the Nolan Terrace site to serve that part of town and we hope to have more news later this year as these plans start to come together. It will be so much fun for those kids to have a place to play!

Dates to Remember: Stuff the Bus is on August 23 and we packed health kits on August 20.  Blessing of the Back Packs will be in both services on August 25. Huge Health Fair and Flu Shot Clinic will be on September 17. Our fall Church Conference will be on October 20 at 3:00 at FUMC Gonzales. On October 27 we will join Johnson’s Chapel in Shiner to celebrate their anniversary. Pastor Bill is the guest preacher.

Grace Abounds!

Pastor Bill