without Lone Star Printing??!!!
Farmington friends – newsletter at the printers (thank goodness for Lone Star Printing!) and should be ready next week . . . and in the mail shortly after . . .
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
There are THOUSANDS of nutcrackers at Pape Pecan House! Each time I visit, there is a shelf of new and different ones.
The burner in our top oven ‘frazzled’ and ‘sparked’ in the midst of some cookie baking. Jim Ranft (Ranft Appliances in Seguin, Texas) said that this generally happens when there is a drought and/or the ground around the house is too dry and the electrical connection isn’t ‘grounded.’ Who would have ever thought ???
Yule Fest has been a part of Seguin’s holiday shopping for almost 30 years, Seguin Oakwood Art League president Jeanne Palmer said, adding that it has been hosted the last five years by the Oakwood Art League and that this is their largest fundraiser.
“The funds are used to support the arts in Seguin,” she said. “We use the funds to put on three art contest for kids – one on the high school level, one on the middle school level and one on the elementary level. The funds also go toward the murals in Seguin.” [excerpt from Seguin Gazette article]
We are fortunate to have so much artistic talent in Seguin and the surrounding area.
What marvelous personal Christmas gifts were available!
John O’Donohue in Eternal Echoes Exploring Our Yearning to Belong writes:
Nietzsche said, “The relationship between music and life is not only that of one language to another; it is also the relationship of the perfect world of listening to the whole world of seeing.”
Sculpture attempts the same presence. The pure silence of a piece by Barbara Hepworth can catch the quiet symmetry at the heart of things. Giacometti creates such poignant shapes, long slender figures who seem to be thinning out into the nothingness of the air and the gallery. It is almost as if they are inhabited by some mystical humility which urges them to let go. . . . Sculpture is a powerful and wistful form of presence. There is an old anecdote that when Michelangelo was finished carving the sitting Moses, he was so enthralled with the figure’s presence that he tapped him on the knee with his chisel and said, “Moses, get up.”
Seguin Sculptor Marika Bordes’ magnificent sculptures in wood are on exhibit at the Seguin Heritage Museum; if you have not yet visited, do go. Her art is breathtakingly beautiful.
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
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