Today Rev. Jose Padin and his wife Dania from Iglesia La Fernanda, Havana, Cuba visited First Presbyterian Church of Coahoma. In Sunday School Mike and Monika Robinson shared their experiences of the mission trip to Cuba in last September through a video presentation. Rev Padin based his sermon on Exodus 21:23-24 and the gospel reading of Matthew 5:38-48, “It is me, Jim, reporting.” Mike Robinson was translating and Pam Hicks played the piano. After worship all congregants followed the invitation for a fellowship meal in the social hall.
“Winter Wheat” is the title of the sermon by Dennis Haralson based on 1 Corinthians 3: 1-9.
Paul uses two metaphors how the church in Corinth should operate. Those two metaphors are fields and buildings. Living in west Texas we are familiar with fields of crops and grains. This time a year the only crop we will see around us is winter wheat. A good crop of winter wheat looks like a lush, green carpet. The field metaphor is organic and magical: seeds sprout and grow to become crop for harvest. In the farming cycle there are always things that can go wrong. Droughts, fires, hail for examples.
The church is in this cosmic system, gathering seeds for the next crop, planting, nurturing and then harvesting them. God wants us to realize that we are the field, not the machine or the one operating the machine. We are the field where God’s love is planted and grown and made available to the world not for profit or gain but for sheer sustenance.
The church is a system of synergy for the good of all. This should be be a relief for us. We do not have to do everything, only our small part.
On earth the church is God’s field, a place of wonder, where the spirit moves, where all systems and people work together for God’s kingdom on earth.
We all continue to dream of spaces that are different of what we see in our world today. Spaces where there is no hatred, jealousy nor envy. As a church we seek to be that space. That field of winter wheat. Let us commit to be part of the field, God’s field. God will grow us.
Look and see what happened at FPC Coahoma!
Coffee hour and Sunday School are favorite fellowship times of our congregation. Because this has been the first Sunday of the month, our congregation celebrated Holy Communion. Rev. Jose Luis Casal preached and served Communion. A simple meal in the Social Hall followed so that everyone present could get home in time to watch sports. Hands-on Mission project for the past three Sundays has been to stock up the local food pantry with cans of soup.
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“What is a Treasure?” is the sermon title by Rev. Jose Luis Casal based on the gospel reading of Matthew 6:19-21.
What is the meaning of treasures? Treasures are valuable things to us that we like to store or accumulate. There are two types of treasures, the earthly treasures and the heavenly ones. Jesus is teaching us that the heavenly treasures are more valuable and precious because they bring us closer to God. These are still there after life is gone on earth because they are not tangible but spiritual. Be careful that your hearts will not be controlled by the earthy treasures but by heavenly ones like justice, peace and love. Only these treasures bring us joy and fulfillment and to a closer walk with God.
If you have not heard, Rev. Jose Luis Casal has been called by the Presbyterian Mission Agency to be the new director of Presbyterian World Missions. He leaves his position in Texas March 31 and starts with his new call in April. We are very proud and happy about his new position!
Rev. Jose Luis Casal has served as General Missioner of Tres Rios Presbytery since 2002 and recently has preached in Coahoma every first Sunday. We will miss Rev. Jose Luis Casal’s leadership in our presbytery and his thought-provoking sermons. And we will miss Cecilia who has done so much for Presbyterian Women.
According to our tradition we will celebrate Commmunion together this first Sunday of the month and after the service share a simple “Souper” Bowl Fellowship Meal in the Social Hall. Please come and join us, there will be plenty of soup. We will keep it short so that everybody can head home in time to watch the sports.
For mission you are encouraged to bring a can of soup or two that will go into the local food pantry.
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Jim Blischke, Elder from Midland delivers the sermon based on Matthew 5:3-10 “What, in 2017, does the Lord require of us?”
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“Souper” Bowl Sundays
Bring a can of soup each Sunday, now through February 5th. The soup will go into the local food pantry boxes.
Greeting Card Creators
Help create and craft greeting cards for local shut-ins and those living in nursing homes. We will begin on Valentines cards in the next few weeks. St. Patrick’s and Easter will follow. Let Sherrie know if you are interested in working on this project. We need crafters, note writers, and deliverers.
It’s time to renew our stock of blessing bags. Everyone needs a few of these for their cars, so they can bless those in need when they see them. Let Sherrie know if you want to stuff bags. Bags consist of hygiene items, socks, gloves, and snacks.
Medical Supply Closet
There appears to be a need for medical supplies among the elderly and low income in the community. Let Sherrie know if you have any ideas on this topic. We are not talking about meds.
The Caring Cupboard
We need shoppers, packers, and deliverers to prepare food boxes for families in the community. This will take place once a month. If you are interested in joining the Caring Team, let Sherrie know.
The Cold Weather Tree
Cold weather is here. We need scarves, mittens, gloves, hats, and coats. These can be lightly used or new. There will be a coat tree in the hall and a basket for your warm fuzzies.