November 5, 2018 - Sunday was All Saints Sunday. Last Thursday was All Hallowed Saints Day. We still celebrate All Hallowed Saints Eve (Halloween), but few Christians celebrate All Saints Day on Thursday. So Sunday has become the day we remember the saints of our church and the saints of our lives. We are having Texas autumn weather with cool mornings, but some afternoons the temperature nearly reached 80! Droughts seem a thing of the past as we are now well ahead in rainfall for the year.
October 29, 2018 - Sunday was the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time. What a surprise I had when I got to Sunday School! When I first came in and saw the young man standing next to Fannie, I thought he was one of Fannie’s grandsons. But I soon realized he was former student and friend, Glenn McGee, in town for the memorial of his classmate, David Bigger. Sue and I taught Glenn and his sister Whitney, becoming close friends with his mother Carolyn and his stepfather Robert, who were our daughter’s godparents at her baptism. Seeing Glenn was a wonderful surprise.
October 24, 2018 - Sunday was the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Sunday morning was crisp and cool and we all had a taste of autumn in the air. Gene came early and lit the heaters and our Sunday School class was nice and warm. Our Sunday School lesson continued the theme of creation and spoke of the miracle of Abraham and Sarah having a baby at an advanced age. A woman past her time that she could conceive having a baby was a common theme in the Hebrew Scriptures and always points to something wonderful and miraculous.
October 15, 2018 - Sunday was the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time. What a great surprise I had when I made it to Sunday School and saw Carolyn! She’s back from an extended stay with her sister in Pennsylvania. She and grandson Guy attended church last Sunday while Sue and I were in Dallas. Guy had flown to Pennsylvania so he and grandmother could fly home together. It is great to see Guy up and about after his terrible accident.
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.
September 24, 2018 - Sunday was the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time. We have gotten long-needed rain this week. It has been so nice along with slightly cooler temperatures. I am still waiting for that first autumn morning. The church members decided to help with the meal for the Tenaha 5th Quarter at the community center. We did this last year, and everyone thought it was a good idea. Our Sunday School lesson continued with creation.
September 16, 2018 - Sunday was the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Our prayers have been answered this week with some nice rain! Everything was greening up, which I guess means we will need to mow. Our prayers and thoughts go out to those in the Carolinas. My sister-in-law’s niece was to get married in North Carolina over the weekend. I don’t know if they soldiered on or postponed the wedding. My brother and sister-in-law had planned to attend—not having watched any weather—but (I think and hope) they changed their minds about going.
September 11, 2018 - Sunday was the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. This past weekend saw some much-needed rain and today (Monday) the temperatures remained in the 70s. It is a nice taste of fall. Our congregation was in double digits this past Sunday, putting smiles on the faces of Paxton Methodists. We sure enjoyed having Teresa and Larry worshiping with us again this morning.
September 3, 2018 - Sunday was the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time; as we ordinarily do, we gathered at Paxton United Methodist around 9:15 for Sunday School. We started a new quarter with new materials and a new author. The first unit deals with creation: What beautiful creation stories are found in the two chapters of Genesis! Here you find order created from chaos as well as the beginning of the earth and sky. Ms. Fannie kept us on task while we all contributed our ideas, wonder, and puzzlement about creation and that great mystery we call God.
August 21, 2018 - Sunday was the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time. We had our regular bunch for Sunday School and church. One of our regulars is far away visiting her sister, and we sure miss her. Our Sunday School lesson was a really good one. Gene read the scripture, Romans 12: 9-21. It speaks about love and justice, which can not be separated. Paul lists many actions that come out of God’s love and justice, such as not thinking one is better than anyone else. We as Jesus followers are to contribute to the needs of those less fortunate.