Thoughts: This scripture reminds us of Noah. Most people can identify Noah. Who was Noah’s wife? We don’t know her name. Fewer people know the names of Noah’s three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japhteth. Who were the sons’ wives? We don’t know their names. Were these four women good, or had they simply married into the right family:
These eight people were saved, just as baptism saves us by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. At the beginning of the baptism of a child, the minister reminds the congregation that
“Baptism is an outward and visible sign of the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, through which grace we become partakers of his righteousness and heirs to life eternal.”
What a promise! What a blessing!
Discussion: How many baptisms have you witnessed? How many times have you promised to surround a baptized child with steadfast love?
Activity: Remember the chorus?
“Jesus loves the little children….
They are precious in his sight.”
We must show children they are precious in our sights, also.
Remember in prayer this week Michelle Freeman, Bob & Vivian Grusnick, Stu & Vivian Hansard, Eunice Kraase, Mildred Parker, and Marilyn Therrian.
LAST CALL FOR all your old books and good books to be sold at the UMW Book Sale. All books must be in by Wednesday, May 17th, to be sorted and organized by our wonderful librarians. The sale begins Sunday, May 21st, at 9:00am. You may shop until Sunday, May 28th, at noon. Bring your money.
Next Sunday is New Member Sunday. If you wish to join our church, please call the office as soon as possible.
Concerns from Sunday, May 14th:
John Northey – A friend John Warning, in hospital. Needs prayers and strength.
Marie Watson – Prayers for a successful surgery and full recovery for Michelle Freeman who broke her ankle cleaning her pool yesterday.
Anonymous – Prayers of safety for a troubled young adult.
Karen Belt – Friend’s grandson Grayson born in March with many health issues. The whole family needs support and prayers.
Chuck Sonquist – Close relative starts chemo tomorrow.
Joy & Concern:
Debbie Hagelstein – Continued prayers for friend’s Ron & Sarah and baby Addison. She had surgery yesterday to put a central IV line in. It was successful. For those not knowing, Addison was born 17 weeks early at 1 lb. 7 oz.
Bill & Kathy Deyo – Roses – 5 & 5 celebrate 55 years married 5/13/62 on Mother’s Day.
Anneliese Theut – I had a great year in Bells! I love playing for everyone and I love hearing how much people love hearing them too! Also, bye to Aaron, Jessie and Meghan! We will miss you!
Lyle Pushman – The Memorial Garden has had a “face-lift” this past week. Volunteers planted flowers and shrubs, laid sod and spread mulch. Special thanks to Michelle Freeman, Marie Watson, Jan Garrett and Isaac Verhelst. We have an attractive Garden. Take a look! Again, thanks.
Jane Egermann – Michelle & Jeff had a wonderful time in Greece and I had a great week with Maya. Fun all around.
Tim Teagan – A special thanks to Lyle Pushman and his hard-working Memorial Garden Team for all they accomplished. Please take a minute to thank him and take a look at our beautiful Memorial Garden!!
Fran Pruett – Brittany Pruett, grand-daughter, graduating 5/20/17 from University of North Texas Health Science, with a Master’s degree of Physician Assistant.
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UNITED METHODIST SPECIAL SUNDAYS:
These are the days that our worldwide United Methodist churches take offerings for special projects for our worldwide church.