Jerry Taylor has died. There are no services planned. Please keep his family and friends in your prayers.
We’ll have three options for observing Ash Wednesday tomorrow (February 17, 2021): an in-person service at 10:30 in the sanctuary that will be available on Facebook, Vimeo, and our website later in on the day (hopefully by 5:00 p.m.). We’ll also incorporate the Ash Wednesday liturgy into our 6:00 p.m. Zoom communion service. If you participate online from home, I would encourage you to gather some soil, or dirt, or dust if you can.
Barb Hawk has passed away. Funeral arrangements are pending. Please pray for her family and friends.
The church council met last Monday (January 25, 2021). It was decided that a “Reopening Team” will be established to look at how and when to fully reopen and to evaluate where we are as a church. The team will pray and think about what we should bring back, what we should leave behind, and what we should begin.
The church office will be closed tomorrow in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday.
After a long fight with cancer, Mike Engle has passed away. Arrangements are pending with Stan Norman at the Cowboy Church.
Eugene Rogers has passed away. Please note that it is Keith Eugene Rogers, the man most of us knew as Eugene, who has passed away. His father Keith H. Rogers, whom most of us know as Keith, was the one who called to tell me about it. There will not be a church service, but Stan Norman will lead a graveside service on Friday, January 15, 2021, at the Abilene Cemetery.
The church office will close on 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 14, 2020 and reopen on 9 a.m. on Friday, January 15. Pam Simpson will be spending some time with her grandkids.
This morning I was notified that Bob Murnahan had passed away after being hospitalized for COVID-19. Please keep his wife, Sondra, and the rest of his family in your prayers.
Happy New Year! I pray 2021 will be an improvement over 2020. But I know that while God sometimes acts alone, more often than not, God sticks to the original plan and chooses to work through or with us, the human beings made in God’s image. I think whether or not 2021 is better than 2020 will depend on what use we make of God’s grace. As Augustine of Hippo reportedly said, “He that made us without ourselves, will not save us without ourselves.” We can’t do it by ourselves, but it is unlikely that God will do it without us. Let’s get to work.
On the third day of Christmas, your pastor’s sharing with you … a virtual christmas choir. The video below was put together by the Discipleship Ministries division of the United Methodist Church. Enjoy!
A friendly reminder that the sanctuary is open for prayer this morning (December 24, 2020). The altar candles are lit and Brenda Holm has put together a great playlist of music.