Are you ready for Easter? For some of us that would mean have we bought candy and gifts for the Easter Egg hunts. For others it would mean do we have our menus ready for the friends and family meals, or have we picked out (and purchased) our Easter outfits.
Are you ready for Easter? Are you ready to celebrate Jesus’ victory over sin and evil? Are you ready to re-commit to living the life showing the gospel to all people? This is what we really need to be preparing for.
We have several tools to help you get ready.
Our Lenten Bible Studies are back. We are meeting on Thursday nights at 5:30 PM through March 12. We are finishing Bishop Scott Jones study “The Wesleyan Way-A Faith That Matters”. All are invited and each lesson is self contained. If you miss one- you will not be lost.
Our Holy week celebrations are part of our SMACUM family.
April 2, we will celebrate Maundy Thursday at Burke UMC, (Bro Steve will be bringing a message,) Good Friday,
April 3, will be at St. Paul’s with Dr. Keith Broyles (my boss) bringing the message.
Both services start at 7:00PM. You will not want to miss either.(Help a brother out- come to both services.)
Easter morning will be on April 5. We will celebrate the resurrection of our Lord then.
What else can we do to get ready? I am challenging the entire congregation to make a conscious effort to make this season of Lent a time of prayer. Pray for our neighbors, pray for our world and pray for our congregation. Our Church is under a metamorphosis right now. We have new members and younger visitors. That is a great thing! Pray that we can continue to do the things that God will use us for. Pray for strength and vision.
Ann Reyes has started a Prayer Shawl ministry at St. Paul’s UMC. Anyone that likes to knit and/or crochet is invited to join this group meeting on the 4th Thursday of the month at 11:00 am. If you would like to learn to knit or crochet or just need to refresh your skills bring your yarn, needles or hooks. We’ll provide patterns and lots of help.
The United Methodist Women will meet Thurday at 11:30 am for lunch. Bring a brown bag lunch w/drink. Marilyn Edens will give her presentation on Rehab. Don’t forget to bring school supplies for the kits that will go to UMCOR.
February 15, 2015 Tammy, a member of the St. Paul’s Chancel Choir shared her testimony before the invitational hymn was sung. Tammy relates to the congregation how a hymn written by Andrae Crouch brought her to Christ.
Over 300 lunches served on Second street Saturday despite the rain. God is working in Lufkin and St. Paul’s is helping to change the world. Check out our Facebook page for more from Cook and Serve. St.Paul’s Facebook Page
Every 3rd Saturday St. Paul’s UMC prepares and serves a meal for those in need on Second Street
The Shared Ministry will be making teacakes for David Ray Crunk, the grandson of James & Dean Hines of Ryan Chapel. He is in need of a new heart. teacakes will be made March 9th – 13th at First Church Diboll, Ingredients are needed such as flour, butter flavored shortening, baking soda, buttermilk, vanilla, and eggs. If you would like to sonate some of these items there will be a collection box in the Narthex. They will be needing folks to help bake and bag the cookies as well. We will also be taking orders for cookies here ate St. Paul’s this month.
Our Lenten Study and Soup suppers will begin on February 19th at 5:30 PM. The study will be a continuation of the Advent Study “The Wesleyan Way”. Study books are still available for $10.00. You do not have to have participated in the Advent part to take part in this study.
Please remember that our menu each week will consist of meatless soup and bread. No desserts. The signup sheet for soup and bread and ice will be passed around at the beginning of February.
In case you have not figured it out by now, I am a positive guy. I am a half full (some may say very full), things are good but will get better person. It is not an act, I actually see the world in a very happy way. This can be annoying, especially to close friends and family.
Now that you all know this, when I say I like Februru.y, you can believe it. I know, February is dark, cold and gloomy. The reason it is the shortest month is because it’s so depressing. So, how can I truthfully say that I like this month.
I like it because I know what comes next! I understand that after the winter comes the spring, after the gray comes the green. When others complain ofthe cold damp days, I give thanks because these days make me appreciate the warm sunny days. (Now you know why I annoy family and friends).
This is what being a Christ follower means as well. The world is not always a happy place. Sometimes, it seems that we are stuck in Februruy, but February is short-and spring is coming. The trials and tribulations we live in on earth are a short time compared to the promise of eternity in heaven.
When we face troubles, let’s do so with joy. God is using us to teach and reach. People will see how you respond, and bust me-they are watching!, and that response is how God touches all of us. That is the reason I love this month.