May 14, 2016

Dear Friends,

PENTECOST POSTPONED UNTIL MAY 22ND!

Pentecost Sunday is one of the four major feast days of the church year (Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, All Saints).  It is a time to celebrate the birth of the Church, the giving of the Holy Spirit and the empowerment of believers to be God’s witnesses throughout the world.  It also happens to be the anniversary of the founding of All Saints and the occasion of a parish lunch and meeting.  Pretty important day, I’d say!

This year, Pentecost falls on Sunday, the 15th, so it seemed best (since I am retrieving our daughter from college this weekend), to postpone our celebration until the 22nd.  That means another Sunday of Easter (yay!) and a bit more time to plan what side dish you’ll bring to supplement the brisket and dessert we’ll be having for lunch.  It is traditional to wear RED on Pentecost, so at least the Tech fans should have it covered!

NEW STUDY BEGINNING ON WEDNESDAY EVENINGS IN THE PARISH HALL

This past week, one of our newer attenders on Wednesday nights called it a “care group.”  Her former church called their groups that because along with the study and food, people took the time to care for one another in conversation and prayer.  That pretty much describes what we do each week.  We learn and we live in community with each other.  The group meets this week (the 18th) while I am out of town.  The topic is worship from a biblical perspective.

On the 25th, we continue our new study in the Book of Hebrews.  This book was originally written to explain why Jewish converts to Christianity should remain Christians even though they were under great pressure to give up their new faith. It also helps those of us who were never Jews to understand how Jesus fulfills the Law, why his death on the cross matters and how angels, Moses and the Jewish high priest fit into the picture.  Hebrews will definitely make you think and will build your confidence in what you believe.

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK: ACTS 1:4-8 YOU WILL RECEIVE POWER…

And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

As always, if you are in need of pastoral care, please do feel free to call me at 432-853-2751.

Your fellow servant,

Fr. Tom

 

THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS

-Sundays, Classes at 9:15am.  Worship at 10:30 am.

-Wednesdays, Bible Study and Fellowship, 6:30pm at the church: Topic this week: Worship from a Biblical Perspective

-Thursdays, 7:30am to 8:30am, People of the Book, breakfast and fellowship at the Jubilee Center

-Saturday, May 14th, 9:15am, Food Distribution at the Jubilee Center

LOOKING AHEAD

-Friday, May 27th, 8:30am, Stocking Shelves at the Jubilee Center (3301 Andrews Highway).

-Saturday, May 28th, 9:15am, Food distribution at Jubilee Center

-Sunday, May 22nd, Congregational Luncheon and Meeting.  Please do plan to be with us!

-Tuesday, June 14th, 6:00pm, Vestry Dinner and Meeting.

 

 

 

March 30, 2016

Dear Friends,

THE 50 DAYS OF EASTER

You’ve heard of the 12 days of Christmas and the 40 days of Lent. How about the 50 days of Easter? From Easter Sunday through the Day of Pentecost, the Church celebrates the resurrection of Christ with seasonal scripture readings, prayers and hymns. The Alleluias return to the liturgy and the purity of Christ is signified by the white paraments on the altar, pulpit and lectern. When you enter deeply into the meaning of the Easter season, it can become a glorious time of rejoicing. It all begins with the simple declaration that Christ is Risen! In that one creedal statement, is the undoing of all that Satan sought to do from his first temptation of Adam and Eve to his continued assault of the faithful even in our own day. The great 4th century bishop, St. Chrysostom, put it this way in an Easter sermon:

O Death, where is thy sting?
O Hell, where is thy victory?

Christ is risen, and thou art overthrown!
Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen!
Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is risen, and life reigns!
Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave.
For Christ, being risen from the dead,
Is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

Happy Easter indeed!

NAMING CEREMONY FOR GRACE’S SON (TOLA’S SISTER), THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 31ST AT 6:00PM

The whole congregation is invited to Jay and Tola  home for the naming of Grace’s newborn son. This traditional Nigerian celebration includes plenty of prayer, food, laughter and, most importantly, the bestowing of a name and legacy on the newborn child. For most of us born and raised here in the US, this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to share in a rich tradition of the Nigerian people. And it’s also a wonderful way to welcome this little one into the world.  Jay and Tola live at ____________ in Midland.

 THE BOOK OF REVELATION CONTINUES WEDNESDAY! AT 6:30 PM

Join us at 2201 Hereford Avenue (the Oknefski’s) for study, conversation and dinner.

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK: Luke 24:46-49 “On the Third Day Rise”

Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

As always, if you are in need of pastoral care, please do feel free to call me at 432-853-2751.

Your fellow servant,

Fr. Tom

THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS

-Sundays, Classes at 9:15am.  Worship at 10:30 am.

-Wednesdays, 6:30pm at the Oknefski’s (2201 Hereford), LENTEN SERIES: The Revelation of St. John

-Thursdays, 7:30am to 8:30am, People of the Book, breakfast and fellowship at the Jubilee Center.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

-Friday, April 8th, 8:30am, Stocking Shelves at the Jubilee Center (3301 Andrews Highway)

-Saturday, April 9th, 9:15am, Food Distribution at the Jubilee Center

-Sunday, April 10th, Second Sunday Lunch and Jubilee Collection

-Tuesday, April 12th, 6:00pm, Vestry Dinner and Meeting

March 19, 2016

Dear Friends,

HOLY WEEK AT ALL SAINTS

-Palm Sunday: This dramatic liturgy celebrates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and remembers his crucifixion and burial. We begin at 10:30 sharp in the Parish Hall (to the left as you enter) and process with palms into the Nave (church).

-Maundy Thursday at the Jubilee Center (3301 Andrews Highway): Beginning at 6:30, we will celebrate a quiet and intimate service of Holy Communion in this remembrance of Christ’s last supper with his disciples. Our focus will be on the meaning of that last supper and its continued celebration in the church to this day. There will not be foot washing at this service.

-Good Friday: We are back at Genesis Center at 7:00 for a beautiful and solemn observance of Christ’s last moments before giving his life for us. This will be a shorter service without communion.

-Saturday, Jubilee Food Distribution: It is good to remember the poor during Holy Week. Arrive by 9:15.

-Easter Sunday! The old hymn says it all: “Hail Thee festival day, blessed day that art hallowed forever. Day wherein Christ arose breaking the kingdom of death!” Be part of the celebration and bring others to join you.

LADIES: BABY SHOWER FOR GRACE, GENTLEMEN: LUNCH AND QUICK CLEANUP – TOMORROW!

Ladies, there is a luncheon and baby shower for Grace (Tola’s sister) after church on Palm Sunday. Give Marianne (432-853-2751) or Nadine (432-631-3269) if you need more details. Gentlemen, after a sandwich (provided by Debbie Vasicek!), we’ll hit the parking lot and gardens for ½ hour of high speed spruce up. Bring garbage bags, rakes shovels and other implements of destruction.

THE BOOK OF REVELATION CONTINUES WEDNESDAY! AT 6:30 PM

Join us at 2201 Hereford Avenue (the Oknefski’s) for study, conversation and dinner.

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK – Psalm 22 – Read it all. This was the prayer on Jesus’ lips as he suffered on the cross:

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?
O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,
and by night, but I find no rest.

Yet you are holy,
enthroned on the praises of Israel.
In you our fathers trusted;
they trusted, and you delivered them.
To you they cried and were rescued;
in you they trusted and were not put to shame.

But I am a worm and not a man,
scorned by mankind and despised by the people.
All who see me mock me;
they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;
“He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him;
let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”

Yet you are he who took me from the womb;
you made me trust you at my mother’s breasts.
On you was I cast from my birth,
and from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
Be not far from me,
for trouble is near,
and there is none to help.

Many bulls encompass me;
strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
they open wide their mouths at me,
like a ravening and roaring lion.

I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
it is melted within my breast;
my strength is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
you lay me in the dust of death.

For dogs encompass me;
a company of evildoers encircles me;
they have pierced my hands and feet—
I can count all my bones—
they stare and gloat over me;
they divide my garments among them,
and for my clothing they cast lots.

But you, O Lord, do not be far off!
O you my help, come quickly to my aid!
Deliver my soul from the sword,
my precious life from the power of the dog!
Save me from the mouth of the lion!
You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!

I will tell of your name to my brothers;
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
You who fear the Lord, praise him!
All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him,
and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
For he has not despised or abhorred
the affliction of the afflicted,
and he has not hidden his face from him,
but has heard, when he cried to him.

From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
my vows I will perform before those who fear him.
The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied;
those who seek him shall praise the Lord!
May your hearts live forever!

All the ends of the earth shall remember
and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
shall worship before you.
For kingship belongs to the Lord,
and he rules over the nations.

All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship;
before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
even the one who could not keep himself alive.
Posterity shall serve him;
it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation;
they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn,
that he has done it.

As always, if you are in need of pastoral care, please do feel free to call me at 432-853-2751.

Your fellow servant,

Fr. Tom

THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS

-Sundays, Classes at 9:15am. Worship at 10:30 am.

-Wednesdays, 6:30pm at the Oknefski’s (2201 Hereford), LENTEN SERIES: The Revelation of St. John

-Thursdays, 7:30am to 8:30am, People of the Book, breakfast and fellowship at the Jubilee Center.

LOOKING AHEAD

-Thursday, March 24th, 6:30pm Maundy Thursday Service at the Jubilee Center (no foot washing).

-Friday, March 25th, 7:00pm, Good Friday Service at Church

-Friday, March 25th, 8:30am, Stocking Shelves at the Jubilee Center (3301 Andrews Highway)

-Saturday, March 26th, 9:15am, Food Distribution at the Jubilee Center

-Sunday, March 27th, 10:30am, Easter Sunday!

-Sunday, April 10th, Second Sunday Lunch and Jubilee Collection

-Tuesday, April 12th, 6:00pm, Vestry Dinner and Meeting

March 12, 2016

Dear Friends,

SPRING FORWARD TONIGHT!
It’s that Daylight Savings Time thing again….

SECOND SUNDAY LUNCH AND JUBILEE COLLECTION: ST. PATRICK’S DAY THEME!
Tomorrow is our monthly Second Sunday Lunch. The main course is traditional corned beef brisket and cabbage (think of it as Ireland’s answer to barbecue!). Please bring your favorite sides and desserts and, if you’re not a fan of corned beef, another main course or two wouldn’t hurt. Green is the color of the day with much rejoicing over whoever is the greenest. Remember, the new kitchen does not have an oven but there is a microwave and four stovetop burners. For Jubilee, bring mac-n-cheese, other dried pasta items or whatever is in the pantry!

AFTER CHURCH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! 10 Minutes Would Make a Real Difference
After church each Sunday, we need to tidy up the parish hall, pick up bulletins from the pews and assist the Altar Guild in moving our worship furniture out of the way. When the service is over, help to push the altar back against the low wall, move the chairs back to the top riser in choir area, and return the pulpit, cross and lectern to the area behind the piano on the right side. This will be a great help to their work and a simple way to join in the weekly routine of our life together.

LENTEN SERIES: THE BOOK OF REVELATION CONTINUES WEDNESDAY! AT 6:30 PM
Join us at 2201 Hereford Avenue (the Oknefski’s) for study, conversation and dinner.

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK – 1st Chronicles 7:11-18 – On the Healing of a Nation
Thus Solomon finished the house of the Lord and the king’s house. All that Solomon had planned to do in the house of the Lord and in his own house he successfully accomplished. Then the Lord appeared to Solomon in the night and said to him: “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a house of sacrifice. When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place. For now I have chosen and consecrated this house that my name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will be there for all time. And as for you, if you will walk before me as David your father walked, doing according to all that I have commanded you and keeping my statutes and my rules, then I will establish your royal throne, as I covenanted with David your father, saying, ‘You shall not lack a man to rule Israel.

Your fellow servant,

Fr. Tom

THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS
-Sundays, Classes at 9:15am. Worship at 10:30 am.
-Wednesdays, 6:30pm at the Oknefski’s (2201 Hereford), LENTEN SERIES: The Revelation of St. John
-Thursdays, 7:30am to 8:30am, People of the Book, breakfast and fellowship at the Jubilee Center.

LOOKING AHEAD
-Sunday, March 13, Second Sunday Lunch and Jubilee Food Collection (Mac N Cheese or whatever you like).
-Thursday, March 24th, 7:00pm Maundy Thursday Service at the Jubilee Center (no foot washing).
-Friday, March 25th, 7:00pm, Good Friday Service at Church
-Friday, March 25th, 8:30am, Stocking Shelves at the Jubilee Center (3301 Andrews Highway)
-Saturday, March 26th, 9:15am, Food Distribution at the Jubilee Center
-Sunday, March 27th, 10:30am, Easter Sunday!
-Tuesday, April 11th, 6:00pm, Vestry Dinner and Meeting

March 3, 2016

Dear Friends,

THANKS TO ALL
In the past two weeks, we have moved, held our first service in a new place and conducted a funeral for a beloved member. It couldn’t have happened without a congregation willing to serve and to take initiative to make things happen. Well done, friends!

YOU’RE INVITED TO THE WEDDING OF ROE AND PAULETTE!
If you were with us two Sundays ago, you know that Roe and Paulette invited us all to their wedding tomorrow (Friday) evening at 6:00pm at the Dora Roberts Convention Center in Big Spring. Following the wedding service, there will be country music, dancing and celebration. A great couple and a great way to spend a memorable Friday evening!

LENTEN SERIES: THE BOOK OF REVELATION CONTINUES WEDNESDAY! AT 6:30 PM
Join us at 2201 Hereford Avenue (the Oknefski’s) for study, conversation and dinner.

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK – JOEL 2:12-17
For the day of the Lord is great and very awesome; who can endure it? “Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster. Who knows whether he will not turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind him, a grain offering and a drink offering for the Lord your God? Blow the trumpet in Zion; consecrate a fast; call a solemn assembly; gather the people. Consecrate the congregation; assemble the elders; gather the children, even nursing infants. Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her chamber. Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep and say, “Spare your people, O Lord, and make not your heritage a reproach, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’”

Your fellow servant,

Fr. Tom

THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS
-Sundays, Classes at 9:15am. Worship at 10:30 am.
-Wednesdays, 6:30pm at the Oknefski’s (2201 Hereford), LENTEN SERIES: The Revelation of St. John
-Thursdays, 7:30am to 8:30am, People of the Book, breakfast and fellowship at the Jubilee Center.

LOOKING AHEAD
-Saturday, February 27th from 9:15 until noon, Food Distribution at Jubilee Center.
-Tuesday, March 8th, 6:00 pm, Vestry Dinner and Meeting at the Genesis Center.
-Sunday, March 13, SECOND SUNDAY LUNCH AND JUBILEE COLLECTION (Mac N Cheese or whatever you like).
-Thursday, March 24th, 7:00pm Maundy Thursday Service
-Friday, March 25th, 7:00pm, Good Friday Service
-Sunday, March 27th, 10:30am, Easter Sunday!

February 16, 2016

Dear Friends,

LENTEN SERIES: THE BOOK OF REVELATION BEGINS TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY!) AT 6:30 PM

This year, we are diving head first into the Book of Revelation. This last book of the New Testament sets forth what faithfulness is all about and graphically describes the victory of Jesus over the power of the evil one.  Learn what it means to “overcome” and to be eternal citizens of the New Jerusalem.  Not your typical topics in church but just what is needed to renew your perspective on enternity.  Join us at 2201 Hereford Avenue (the Oknefski’s) tomorrow evening.

SUNDAY IS MOVING DAY AND OUR LAST SERVICE AT MEMORIAL CHURCH!

Most of you have heard by now that we are moving to the Genesis Center this Sunday after church.  After a brief break for lunch, we’ll return to Memorial Church at 1:00 pm to load up pickups and a trailer.  Some things will go to the Genesis Center with the rest going to a storage unit.  Not all the moving involves carrying heavy things so everyone can find a way to help this Sunday.

NEW FELLOWSHIP: PEOPLE OF THE BOOK, THURSDAY MORNINGS AT 7:30 AM

Some months ago, Greg Clark shared his vision with me to begin a new fellowship to meet on Thursday mornings at 7:30.  The idea was to begin with breakfast (cooked by Chef Greg!) and then to rotate leaders sharing a passage of scripture and why it is important to them.  It is a simple, conversational format that will finish by 8:30 each week.  This fellowship is open to both men and women and meets at the Jubilee Center, 3311 Andrews Highway.

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK: REVELATION 1:9-16

I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet saying, “Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.”  Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.

THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS

-Sundays, Classes at 9:15am.  Worship at 10:30 am.

-Wednesdays, 6:30pm at the Oknefski’s (2201 Hereford), LENTEN SERIES: The Revelation of St. John

-Thursdays, 7:30am to 8:30am, People of the Book, breakfast and fellowship at the Jubilee Center.

-Wednesday, February 17th, 6:00pm, Book of Revelation Study Begins, 6:00pm at the Oknefski’s, 2201 Hereford Ave.

-Sunday, February 21st, Last Sunday at All Saints and Moving Day

 

LOOKING AHEAD

-Friday, February 26th from 8:30 am until 9:30am, Stocking shelves at Jubilee Center.

-Saturday, February 27th from 9:15 until noon, Food Distribution at Jubilee Center.

-Tuesday, March 8th, 6:00 pm, Vestry Dinner and Meeting at the Genesis Center.

-Thursday, March 24th, 7:00pm Maundy Thursday Service

-Friday, March 25th, 7:00pm, Good Friday Service

-Sunday, March 27th, 10:30am, Easter Sunday!

January 30, 2016

Dear Friends,

ANNUAL MEETING AND VESTRY NOMINEES

On Sunday, February 7th at noon, we will have our Annual Meeting.  Following lunch, we will elect members of the Vestry, Nominating Committee and Synod Delegation.  We will also review the budget and look forward to the coming year together.

This year’s Vestry nominees are:

Katana Zachry

Doug Whiting

Bob Landreth

Dan Stoelzel

All 4 are needed to replace those who are retiring.

Nominating Committee nominees are:

Heather Hale

Teresa Sheppard

Synod delegate nominees are:

Greg Clark (delegate)

Charles Zachry (alternate)

Many thanks to this year’s nominating committee: Dene Sheppard, Alex Hale and your Rector.

Please do make every effort to be with us on the 7th!

NEW FELLOWSHIP: PEOPLE OF THE BOOK, THURSDAY MORNINGS AT 7:30 AM

Some months ago, Greg Clark shared his vision with me to begin a new fellowship to meet on Thursday mornings at 7:30.  The idea was to begin with breakfast (cooked by Chef Greg!) and then to rotate leaders sharing a passage of scripture and why it is important to them.  It is a simple, conversational format that will finish by 8:30 each week.  This fellowship is open to both men and women and meets at the Jubilee Center, 3311 Andrews Highway.

THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS

-Sundays, Classes at 9:15 am.  Worship at 10:30 am.

-Wednesdays at 6:30 pm: Bible Study, This week: 2nd and 3rd John at the Oknefski’s: 2201 Hereford Avenue.

Thursdays, 7:30am to 8:30am, People of the Book, breakfast and fellowship at the Jubilee Center.

-Friday, February5th at 8:30 am, Stocking shelves at Jubilee Center.

-Saturday, February 6th from 9:15 until noon, Food Distribution at Jubilee Center.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

-Sunday, February 7st at noon: The Annual Meeting and Luncheon.

-Tuesday, February 9th, Vestry Dinner and Meeting, 6:00pm in the Rector’s Office.

-Wednesday, February 10th, 7:00pm, ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE!

-Wednesday, February 17th, 6:00pm, Book of Revelation Study Begins, 6:00pm at the Oknefski’s, 2201 Hereford Ave.

December 19, 2015

Dear Friends,

Just two reminders this week:

Merry Christmas! Christmas Eve service will be at 5:00 pm.  We are happy to welcome two guest musicians this year.  May Lai will be playing the sax in a duet with her mother Lisa.  Lindon McCarty, a professional guitarist (and son of John and Melissa), will be offering beautiful version of O Holy Night.

Christmas Caroling! Tomorrow at 1:30 pm (after church), we’re headed to the home of Jan and Wendel Miller to bring some Christmas cheer and to offer carols and prayers.  The Millers live at _____________, about 2 miles from the church.

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK – The Promised Messiah

The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone.
You have multiplied the nation;
you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
as with joy at the harvest,
as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
For the yoke of his burden,
and the staff for his shoulder,
the rod of his oppressor,
you have broken as on the day of Midian.
For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult
and every garment rolled in blood
will be burned as fuel for the fire.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

Isaiah 9:2-7

As always, if you are in need of pastoral care, please do feel free to call me at 432-853-2751.

Your fellow servant,

Fr. Tom

THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS

-Sundays, Classes at 9:15 am.  Worship at 10:30 am.

-Sunday, December 20th at 1:30 pm, Christmas Caroling for the Millers.

-Wednesday, December 24th at 5:00 pm: CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE!  This represents a time change from last year.  Several have asked that we move the service earlier.

-Wednesdays at 7:00 am: Morning Prayer in the church (come to the glass front doors).

-Wednesdays at 6:30 pm: Bible Study, NEW STUDY: The Letters of John at 2201 Hereford Avenue.  We are taking a break until Wednesday, January 13th.  See you then!

 

LOOKING AHEAD

-Friday, January 8th at 8:30 am, Stocking shelves at Jubilee Center.

-Saturday, January 9th from 9:15 until noon, Food Distribution at Jubilee Center.

-Sunday, January 10th, Second Sunday Lunch and Jubilee Center collection.

-Sunday, February 1st at noon: The Annual Meeting.

December 9, 2015

Dear Friends,

Bishop Mark and Cindy Zimmerman Visit this Weekend

Our bishop and his wife Cindy will be with us this weekend to join in our ministry at Jubilee Center, to share dinner with us on Saturday evening and to confirm and receive new members on Sunday morning.

Here is the itinerary:

Saturday Morning from 9:00 to 12:00: We’ll be at the Jubilee Center for our annual Christmas food pantry.  Join with us in ministry to 300 families in need.  The Jubilee Center is at 3311 Andrews Highway.

Saturday Evening beginning at 6:00: Dinner with Bishop Mark and Cindy at the Oknefski’s.  Please do call or text Nadine at 432-631-xxxx by noon tomorrow (Thursday) if you plan to attend.  It will help with meal planning and seating.  All the food is provided, just come and enjoy!

Sunday Morning at 9:15: Question and Answer with the Bishop in Room 101 – the Adult Sunday School classroom.

Sunday Morning at 10:15, Worship and reception of new members: Bob Landreth, Susan Benham, Ricky and Anease Benton.  Remember your gifts of macroni and cheese or other non-perishables for Jubilee!

Sunday at 12:00 Noon, Second Sunday Lunch with the Bishop and Cindy!  Bob Landreth has the main course covered but we do need side dishes and desserts.

Wednesdays, Beginning This Evening at 6:30 pm, The Letters of John

Christian faith is always lived in the midst of competing religions and philosophies.  Near the end of his life, the Apostle John wrote to the Church about how know when a beliefs are in step with Christ.  At that time, he greatest challenge came from Gnosticism—a philosophy seriously at odds with authentic Christianity.  John restated the essentials of the faith in such a way that his readers could understand the failings of Gnosticism and virtually all other challenges to the true Gospel.  Even today, his words will give you the lens you need to see clearly as you hold fast to the “faith once delivered to the saints.”  The Bible study meets at the home of Gary and Nadine Oknefski, 2201 Hereford Blvd. in Grasslands.  All are welcome!

Christmas Gifts for the Jubilee Center Children

If you would like to provide gifts for one or more of the most needy children at the Jubilee Center, see the sign up list at the back of the church this Sunday.  You can also call or text Marianne at 432-853-xxxx to let her know of your interest.

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK – The Fellowship of Believers

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.  Acts 2:42-47

As always, if you are in need of pastoral care, please do feel free to call me at 432-853-2751.

Your fellow servant,

Fr. Tom

 

THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS

-THIS WEEKEND: See the description above.

-Wednesdays at 7:00 am: Morning Prayer in the church (come to the glass front doors).

-Wednesdays at 6:30 pm: Bible Study, NEW STUDY: The Letters of John at 2201 Hereford Avenue.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

-Sunday, December 20th at 1:30 pm, Christmas Caroling for the Millers and others.

-Wednesday, December 24th at 5:00 pm: CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE!  This represents a time change from last year and our most recent All Saints Update.  Several have asked that we move the service earlier.

-Sunday, February 1st at noon: The Annual Meeting.

November 7, 2015

Dear friends,

Second Sunday Lunch Tomorrow!

Neil Harris promises to provide several wonderful Italian main courses.  Our job is to bring the side dishes and desserts.  Words cannot adequately express how much I am looking forward to this!

Don’t Trust Anybody?

This week’s Scripture of the Week (below) comes from Psalm 146 and is one of tomorrow’s assigned readings.  As you read through it, take a moment consider what it means for your own life.  We grow up learning to trust parents, siblings, friends and authority figures.  And then, bit by bit, that trust is eroded or exploded by failures of character in the very people we thought would never let us down.  This is not just a matter of presidential politics or even a sad commentary on a parent or spouse.  Give it enough time and you will find that just about everybody will let you down sooner or later.  And so the psalmist writes “put not your trust in rulers, nor any child of earth.”  Not that we are to hold the world at arm’s length or despise others for their failings.  But rather, we are to trust God to guide us, heal our wounds and forgive our sins forever.  No human could ever fulfill all these roles and, quite frankly, it is unfair to expect them to do so.  When God is the source of your well-being, you can love others as he does.  They will fail you and you will fail them but God never fails and he never forgets his own.  Trust God alone and love others fearlessly.

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK – Trust God Alone

Put not your trust in rulers, nor in any child of earth, for there is no help in them.  When they breathe their last, they return to the earth, and in that day their thoughts perish.  Happy are they who have the God Jacob for their help, whose hope is in the Lord their God. Psalm 146:2-4

As always, if you are in need of pastoral care, please do feel free to call me at 432-853-2751.

Your fellow servant,

Fr. Tom

 

THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS

-Sundays, Classes at 9:15 am.  Worship at 10:30 am.

-Wednesdays at 7:00 am: Morning Prayer in the church (come to the glass front doors).

-Wednesdays at 6:30 pm: Bible Study, The Gospel of Luke at 2201 Hereford Avenue.

-Sunday, November 8th, Second Sunday Luncheon and Jubilee Food Collection (Bring Mac N Cheese or any other non-perishable food.)

-Tuesday, November 10th, 11:45 am.  Men’s Fellowship Lunch at the Jubilee Center.  Best darned food in Midland, Texas and pretty good company too.

-Friday, November 13th at 8:30 am, Stocking shelves at Jubilee Center.

-Saturday, November 14th from 9:15 until noon, Food Distribution at Jubilee Center.  There is only one distribution in November because of Thanksgiving.  Extra volunteers will be needed!

 

LOOKING AHEAD

-Sunday, November 22nd, Joint Service and Luncheon with Memorial and Church on the Journey.

-Sunday, December 13th, Bishop Mark Zimmerman visits.