Happenings at Paxton Methodist - January 13, 2019

Happenings at Paxton Methodist

 

Sunday was the Baptism of Our Lord Sunday.  The Old Testament Lesson for this Sunday,  Isaiah 43: 1-7, is a poem from God to exiles showing them a glimmer of hope for the first time in generations.  There is a real possibility that they will be able to return home.  In the poem God reminds the people that he has always loved them, had been with them during their captivity, and would always be with them through the troubled waters.  In the Gospel lesson we see Jesus emerge from the River Jordan to begin his ministry.  I always find it fascinating that all four Gospels tell of Jesus’ baptism by John and yet Jesus never baptized anyone.

Our Sunday School lesson from the letter of James dealt with conflict within in the new Jesus Community.  Pride, jealousy, and envy weren’t unique to this group and are still problems that plague humanity. 

We were in double digits this morning.  It was great to have Carolyn back from her travels.  We were sure glad to see Theresa and Larry this morning.  Theresa looked really good, and of course Larry was excited about the Chiefs.  Gene and I were not so excited, as both the Texans and the Cowboys are now out of the playoffs. 

This past week we went to Focused Care—nice see everyone in the new year.  Sue reminded me that last year the outbreak of the flu was so bad that we canceled all our January nursing home visits.  I also ended up spending almost a week in the hospital around this time, and Sue and I had the flu (probably cause and effect).  It was great to have Jo, who had been sidelined after a fall, with us again.  Morris selected several songs, and Fannie contributed a story and some thoughts for us.  I shared some ideas that I was working on for my Sunday sermon.  Chestine,  rehabbing at Focused Care,  came in and added her pretty voice to our singing.  Minnie played the piano and Hilda and Jo helped greatly with our singing! 

This month we are collecting cans of tuna for Community Christian Services.  I read to the church a nice letter from Joaquin First Baptist about their part of Christian Services—Christmas for children.  Sue added that they’d been able to buy “something warm” for each child this year, due to ALL angel tree kids being adopted and also generous donations.

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 paxtonumc@yahoo.com. 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.