July 19, 2016 - Sunday was the 9th Sunday after Pentecost. Our Sunday school lesson came from Romans 3: 21-31. Paul is still dealing with divisions among the Jesus followers. Paul tells both Jewish and Gentile followers that there is no distinction between them. I guess the only distinction is that everyone has fallen short and all sin. That is nothing to brag about. Paul’s religious learning came from the Jewish Testament (what we Christians call the Old Testament), so he certainly believes in restoration and hope as expressed by the prophets.
We had a good crowd for Sunday school and church. Of course when I say we had a good crowd, I’m speaking relatively. Cherie (Joy and Gene’s daughter) and husband Robert were up for a weekend visit. It was so nice to have them. Joe and Hilda selected “Hymn of Promise,” one of my favorites. Our other hymn was Fannie J. Crosby’s lively “To God Be the Glory,” which we can really belt out!
This month we are collecting soap and shampoo for Community Christian Services. This Tuesday we have our ministry at Holiday at 2:00. Our Lakeside ministry will be a week from this Thursday at 2:00. I received an email from Rev. Jones at FUMC Center to announce that the area wide Charge Conference will be September 22nd which is a Thursday.
The East District of the Methodist Church has a new leader—Tony Vinson. The Texas Conference of the Methodist Church has a new bishop—Scott Jones. We will certainly miss our outgoing District Superintendent, Chuck Huffman and our bishop, Bishop Huey. Both are such caring, strong stewards and a pleasure for us to have been associated with.
“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. If you would like the weekly email newsletter about Paxton Methodist you can send me your email address to the Paxton email address and I will add you to the list. God’s Speed