October 2, 2018 - Sunday was the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time. We have had plenty of rain toward the end of September, but we are still waiting for the fall-like temperatures. We had a special guest at Sunday School and church this morning. Dan Sample from near St. Louis was in for his reunion with Fannie’s class. He used to attend Paxton Methodist but said it had been 71 years since he had been here. Our lesson continued with creation. The title of the lesson confused us—“God Creates; Humans Sin.” The lesson didn’t answer where exactly sin came from. The assurance we can get from the scripture and lesson is that God continues to care and love humans despite our shortfalls. That gives us all a chance!
During our business meeting the church approved giving a scholarship to Joe’s granddaughter, Candance. She is in dental school at Texas A&M, and I know Joe is really proud of her. Giving scholarships is one of the best things our little church does. I am really looking forward to hearing Quaker minister, author, and theologian Phillip Gulley speak. I have read all his fiction and nonfiction books and his weekly online colum. Our announcements today included upcoming shot clinics at the Joaquin Senior Center. Both will be handled by Joaquin Quick Care, offering flu and/or pneumonia shots. The first is scheduled for Thursday, October 18, with a second chance on Thursday, November 15.
We were in double digits again this Sunday. It is so nice having Theresa and Larry worship with us. The Epistle Lesson for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time was James 5: 13-20. This letter of commonsense urges readers that are hurting to pray. If one feels great, s/he should sing. The church is here for those who need support—someone to lean on. James’ pastoral letter encourages the early church to buoy up one another, not letting anyone just wander off.
Last week was our monthly Lakeside program. Hilda provided the music for the singing, and Pastor Matt emceed, also sharing Scripture and prayer. Ollie read a couple of funny pieces, as did Fannie and Sue. Nora and Gene sang specials, ranging from old-timey to modern-day music. Maggie and Margie played supporting—but important—roles. Although usually content to lend her strong voice to the singing, Jo read a cute poem. Like we say in Joaquin, she “done messed up now”—we’ll know to call on her for future performances! We certainly appreciate the group that musters to make the monthly program fun.
“Whoever you are, in whatever faith you were born, whatever creed you profess; if you come to this house to find God you are welcome here.” Paxton United Methodist Church is an inviting church that takes to heart the idea of “Open Doors, Open Hearts, Open Minds.” Sunday School starts at 9:30 and Worship begins at 10:00. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Randy & Sue Smith
Paxton Methodist Church