Greetings and salutations!
Good news. We have some people who are finally feeling better and willing to give up their place on our prayer list for others! We’re glad that Ilene Parkhill is feeling better and able to continue her chemo treatments. Also, Gloria Gleaves had an epidural this week and we’re hopeful that it will help relieve some of her pain. However we do need to direct our prayers toward the family and friends of those grieving the loss of loved ones. And we need to broaden our horizons and pray ardently for peace. The present turmoil in various countries is a visible sign of this need.
Thanks to all of you who donated food or time to assist with the Klindt family funeral luncheon in Carson. This is an excellent example of taking “church” into the community.
Be aware that we still need senior high youth group counselors for the last three Wednesdays in March and first three Wednesdays in April. If you can help, contact Mark Martens.
Be sure to keep these March activities in mind--Ash Wednesday (9th) with worship at the Carson United Methodist Church at 7:30 p.m., our Heifer Project Chicken Delight potluck (20th) and Faith Fest (27th), a service of inspirational singing and witnessing at the Hancock United Methodist Church from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Have you saved Saturday MAY 14th to help our church show their appreciation for our community through activities by our children, youth, and adults?
For this Sunday (27th)
• Scripture: Matthew 6:24-34
• Sermon Title: Seek Ye First
1. To serve God or money – why can’t we do both?
2. How does serving God differ from serving money?
3. Why should we give our primary allegiance to God?
4. How does this passage describe God’s love for us?
5. What does this scripture say about having trouble or bad times?
LOVE & JOY
Haven’t the warm days and sunshine been great! But don't start thinking of spring too soon. After all we still have March madness and possible winter storms to get through.
Two important activities in MARCH--Ash Wednesday (9th) with worship at the Carson United Methodist Church at 7:30 p.m. and Faith Fest (27th) at the Hancock United Methodist Church from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. (more details on the Faith Fest later). Also, don’t forget to keep Saturday MAY 14th open for Community Appreciation Day activities by our children, youth, and adults.
Continue in prayer for our church staff—Sheryl Sindt and Gordon Frizzell. Sheryl is still dealing with bronchitis and Gordon is recovering from a broken leg. Also, Nancy Young is homebound with a nasty cold. Continue in prayer for Gloria Gleaves and others in severe pain, for persons with cancer, and for the family and friends of the young man, Brad Klindt who recently committed suicide.
For this Sunday (20th)
• Scripture: Matthew 5:38-48
• Sermon Title: Loves True Measure
LOVE & JOY
Anyone ready for milder weather? I certainly am!
Just a reminder to our committee chairpersons—be sure to get your committee together in the next several weeks. And be sure to consult with me ahead of time concerning possible business items.
Continue in prayer for our church staff—Sheryl Sindt and Gordon Frizzell. Sheryl is still dealing with bronchitis and Gordon is recovering from a broken leg. Continue in prayer for those with cancer, those in pain, and those with other physical ailments. Also, be mindful of our shut-ins and nursing home residents. And don’t forget to pray for Bishop Trimble, District Superintendent Brian Milford and the other district superintendents who will be selecting our new pastor.
For this Sunday (13th)
• Scripture: Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Ephesians 5:15-18
• Sermon Title: Life-Affirming Choices
1. Deuteronomy 30:19 – I am now giving you the choice between life and death, between God’s blessing and God’s curse, and I call heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Choose life.
2. In this instance what choice is Moses presenting to the people?
3. Do you think the call to choose life is a one-time or on ongoing thing?
4. Is this challenge only for people in Moses' day?
5. In light of Ephesians 5:18 what choice is Paul asking Christ’s followers to make?
6. How does the choice Paul presents apply to us?
Oh yes—don’t forget to save Saturday May 14, for a special church event involving all age groups!
LOVE & JOY
Saturday May 14—circle this date on your calendar and do your best to hold it open for a special church project with activities for all age groups. More details later.
Committee chairpersons, if your group has not yet met please let Rev. Textor know when and where your group will meet. If you plan any activities or meeting dates please notify the church office accordingly.
This week be sure to pray for service men and women serving here and around the world. Also continue in prayer for those with cancer and other physical ailments. Pray for our secretary Sheryl Sindt who is recovering from bronchitis and for her husband Marion who is recovering from a heart attack. Also, continue in prayer for those who will be choosing a new pastor for our church. .
For this Sunday (6th)
• Scripture: Matthew 5:13-20
• Sermon Title: Gathered and Scattered
1. What uses of salt can you think of?
2. Which sense is most impacted by salt?
3. Why is light useful?
4. Which sense is most impacted by light?
5. Jesus talks about his followers being light and salt people; do you know any people like that?
6. How might you, with God’s help, be a salt or light person?
LOVE & JOY