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A Chat with Chet – 2018 December

Thanksgiving has come and gone. But what is not gone are the many things I continue to be thankful for. For me it is God, country, family and friends. We now look forward to Christmas. I have been in the Midwest pheasant hunting and spending time with my 91 year old father, children and grandchildren. And yes, the pheasant hunt was successful! Just ask me the next time you see me.

The finance and budget committee will be meeting the latter part of November and Decem ber to prepare the 2019 budget. Sure we have some challenges, but I am confident a budget will be established to meet our congregational needs and assessments. I am thankful for those that have volunteered to be on the committee. They are Butch Ward, Betty Fraim, Fr. Russ Mathews, Jim McVea, Debbie Moses, Brandy Carter, Fr. Mark Bigley, Peggy Ussery and me. Please pray for us as we gather together on behalf of our church and congregation.

As I drove to Missouri and Kansas from Texas I was amazed looking at the beautiful fall foliage. Sunrises and sun sets were magnificent too. There is no way man caused what we call “nature”. Think about it. God is indeed good!

Kind regards,
Chet Robbins
Senior Warden

Events, News

Las Posadas – Welcoming the Holy family into our homes and lives

Las Posadas, an enactment of Mary and Joseph’s asking for shelter, has been planned for Sunday, December 16, beginning at 2 p.m. 

Las Posadas, as a tradition, grew out of a community celebration which takes place on each of the nine evenings leading to Christmas. With a song, or letania, the community reenacts and remembers the journey of Mary and Joseph for a place to stay in their journey to Bethlehem. Las Posadas usually ends with a reading from the Bible and the breaking of a pinata filled with fruit, candy and food. 

It is customary for a family to host a Posada and invite their family, friends and neighbors to participate.

We are co-sponsoring this year’s event with First United Methodist Church. The youth will be playing a part to help lead the activity.

We will begin at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church and con-

clude at Church of the Annunciation at around 3 p.m. Wear appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes.

For me a Posada is a meaningful event because it is an opportunity to get together and welcome the Holy family to our home and life. Although singing and breaking the piñatas is a fun and special moment, hosting a Posada is my favorite part because it gives us the opportunity to share the joy of the upcom-

ing birth of the Son of God.

Laura Currier

Note from Fr. Mark: I hope that many of us will participate in this intergenerational activity. Bring your families and friends.

Making enchiladas for the Annual Mexican Supper is great fun
Events, News, Wednesday Supper

Women of the Church have a busy month

November proved to be a busy month for the Women of the Church (WOC).

The Enchilada Supper was held on Monday,November 5th.

On Sunday, the 4th, several energetic members stayed after church and rolled 720 enchiladas for the dinner. Many others helped by making chili, beans, rice and pralines to add to the supper. And we don’t want to forget all the members who grated cheese and chopped onions! The event was very successful again this year and the food was delicious, as always.

On Saturday, November 10th, the WOC joined together and helped prepare and served, the Memorial Service luncheon for the Carter Family.

We served approximately 150 guests and everyone did an amazing job helping out. We also had a couple of men,Frank Clark and Bill Cofer, who offered their services as well and it was greatly appreciated.

On Sunday, Dec. 2nd, immediately following the 10:30 service, we will have our final wrap-up meeting for the year.

Everyone is welcome to come. I hope to see you there! Thank-you to all of you for what you do!

My prayers is that you and your families have a very blessed and glorious Christmas season filled with the joy and hope of Christ.

Peggy Ussery
President, WOC

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A Chat with Chet – My favorite time of the year

Autumn is my favorite time of the year. I enjoy the out of doors and walking through the woods at the farm this time of year. Listening to the leaves fall from the trees and watching the sun to open and govern the day from the East is often beautiful. One can hear and watch the wild animals begin their day. They rustle through the leaves searching for food with ears alert for any disturbance. I like the smell of burning leaves and firewood too and yes even roasting a hot dog over that fire. Nature provides luxury.

This is the time of year when we give thanks for the things God has provided us. We celebrate Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Day that recognizes those that allow us to worship God freely without retribution or fear. We give thanks to church and its members for what they provide. We are thankful for all the children that bring us delightful memories. Yes, we are blessed.

I have chosen not to provide the financial status this month as stewardship has been an ongoing discussion during the month of October. I will provide the financials for the entire year in the next newsletter as we begin to close out the calendar year and look forward to 2019. I believe stewardship comes from the heart.

Happy November to all of you.

Kind regards,
Chet Robbins
Senior Warden

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Sunday Lesson All Saints

The Collect

All Saints

Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your gift that your faithful people offer you true and laudable service: Grant that we may run without stumbling to obtain your heavenly promises; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Old Testament – Ruth 1:1-18

In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land, and a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to live in the country of Moab, he and his wife and two sons. The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion; they were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They went into the country of Moab and remained there. But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons. These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. When they had lived there about ten years, both Mahlon and Chilion also died, so that the woman was left without her two sons and her husband.

Then she started to return with her daughters-in-law from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the Lord had considered his people and given them food. So she set out from the place where she had been living, she and her two daughters-in-law, and they went on their way to go back to the land of Judah. But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go back each of you to your mother’s house. May the Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. The Lord grant that you may find security, each of you in the house of your husband.” Then she kissed them, and they wept aloud. They said to her, “No, we will return with you to your people.” But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters, why will you go with me? Do I still have sons in my womb that they may become your husbands? Turn back, my daughters, go your way, for I am too old to have a husband. Even if I thought there was hope for me, even if I should have a husband tonight and bear sons, would you then wait until they were grown? Would you then refrain from marrying? No, my daughters, it has been far more bitter for me than for you, because the hand of the Lord has turned against me.” Then they wept aloud again. Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.

So she said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” But Ruth said,

“Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from following you!

Where you go, I will go;
Where you lodge, I will lodge;

Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.
Where you die, I will die— there will I be buried.

May the Lord do thus and so to me, and more as well, if even death parts me from you!”

When Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more to her.

The Response – Psalm 146 – Lauda, anima mea

  1. Hallelujah!
    Praise the Lord, O my soul! *
    I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
    I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
  2. Put not your trust in rulers, nor in any child of earth, * for there is no help in them.
  3. When they breathe their last, they return to earth, * and in that day their thoughts perish.
  4. Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help! * whose hope is in the Lord their God;
  5. Who made heaven and earth, the seas, and all that is in them; * who keeps his promise for ever;
  6. Who gives justice to those who are oppressed, * and food to those who hunger.
  7. The Lord sets the prisoners free;
    the Lord opens the eyes of the blind; *
    the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
  8. The Lord loves the righteous;
    the Lord cares for the stranger; *
    he sustains the orphan and widow, but frustrates the way of the wicked.
  9. The Lord shall reign for ever, *
    your God, O Zion, throughout all generations. Hallelujah!

The Epistle – Hebrews 9:11-14

When Christ came as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation), he entered once for all into the Holy Place, not with the blood of goats and calves, but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls, with the sprinkling of the ashes of a heifer, sanctifies those who have been defiled so that their flesh is purified, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to worship the living God!

The Gospel

Mark 12:28-34

One of the scribes came near and heard the Saducees disputing with one another, and seeing that Jesus answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that ‘he is one, and besides him there is no other’; and ‘to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,’ and ‘to love one’s neighbor as oneself,’ —this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that no one dared to ask him any question.