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praying for Karen

Karen, who teaches our adult Sunday School class, will be working in Nairobi, Kenya during the month of December.  She will be using her special talents “working in an orphanage/school for 180 toddlers through teens, helping widows create saleable crafts, participating in training Kenyan adults for improved schools/child care/pastoral work with Rafiki academic and Bible study curricula, and assisting resident missionaries with the village’s needs.”

Our Sharers Class will miss Karen during the time she is serving in Nairobi; however, we will be praying for her.  When we pray for others, we are participating in the work of Christ and interceding for others in prayer also forms our soul.  When we pray for someone, we don’t preempt God.  Before we even receive a request to pray for someone or some concern, God is there.  However, when we pray, we become sharers in His work.

Hear me speedily, O Lord. . . .

Cause me to hear . . .

For I lift up my soul unto Thee.

Psalm 143:7, 8

Praising God

This morning our Sharers Sunday School Class offered praises to God.  Each of us privately wrote our special praise on a slip of paper which our teacher, Karen Aufderhaar, read and then clipped to a long Offering Stick.

These individual praises were lifted as a burnt praise offering to God.

It was a very meaningful and spiritual ceremony, interspersed with praise songs.

Reminding us of God’s blessings . . . Amen.

Psalm 66

Praise for God’s Mighty Deeds and for His Answer to Prayer.

For the choir director. A Song. A Psalm.

1Shout joyfully to God, all the earth;
2Sing the glory of His name;
Make His praise glorious.
3Say to God, “How awesome are Your works!
Because of the greatness of Your power Your enemies will give feigned obedience to You.
4” All the earth will worship You,
And will sing praises to You;
They will sing praises to Your name.” Selah.
5Come and see the works of God,
Who is awesome in His deeds toward the sons of men.
6He turned the sea into dry land;
They passed through the river on foot;
There let us rejoice in Him!
7He rules by His might forever;
His eyes keep watch on the nations;
Let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.
8Bless our God, O peoples,
And sound His praise abroad,
9Who keeps us in life
And does not allow our feet to slip.
10For You have tried us, O God;
You have refined us as silver is refined.
11You brought us into the net;
You laid an oppressive burden upon our loins.
12You made men ride over our heads;
We went through fire and through water,
Yet You brought us out into a place of abundance.
13I shall come into Your house with burnt offerings;
I shall pay You my vows,
14Which my lips uttered
And my mouth spoke when I was in distress.
15I shall offer to You burnt offerings of fat beasts,
With the smoke of rams;
I shall make an offering of bulls with male goats. Selah.
16Come and hear, all who fear God,
And I will tell of what He has done for my soul.
17I cried to Him with my mouth,
And He was extolled with my tongue.
18If I regard wickedness in my heart,
The Lord will not hear;
19But certainly God has heard;
He has given heed to the voice of my prayer.
20Blessed be God,
Who has not turned away my prayer.

amazing grace

Shout to the Lord!

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7th Annual FUMC Talent Show and Dinner Auction

This is the seventh year that the Serve Team of Seguin First United Methodist Church has hosted a Talent Show and Dinner Auction.  The proceeds of this event fund missions and there was a great turnout last night at the CLC (Christian Life Center) of FUMC.  Great food provided by women (and maybe some men!) of the church, donated auction items, beautifully decorated tables, and Talent Talent Talent!

It was a fun evening for a good cause.  This event was initiated seven years ago by Mary Ulmer (who has moved to Houston).  Linda Duncan was last evening’s Emcee and John Holt was the auctioneer.

A good time!  A good cause!

Heaven is a place

“Heaven is a place. Like Poughkeepsie.”

If life is a journey, what is the destination?

The FUMC Sharers Sunday School Class lost a dear class member this morning – Herman Dolle.

He will be missed and we treasure the delightful and sweet memories we have of Herman.

He gifted us with his presence.

He loved his God, his family, his church and this community; he showed that love in every action.

God blessed us with Herman and we pray He enfolds Herman in His love – in Heaven – which is a place.

We pray comfort for the Dolle family.

Herman W. Dolle, age 73 of Seguin, passed away on January 17, 2010. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 from 2 to 7 p.m. at Tres Hewell Mortuary. Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church with Pastor Steve Purdy officiating. Interment under the auspices of American Legion H. U. Wood Post #245 will follow in Eden Cemetery. Survivors include his sister, Jeanette Dietz and his brother, Stanley Dolle.