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"This Week" with Pastor Frank... September 21, 2018

Dear Friends,

Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ!  This past week we completed a brief series on the letter to the early Church from James, called "Sticks and Stones" and based on James 3.  We know that old adage that "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.." just isn't true.  You all remember when someone said something that caused you to crumple, and you've seen it in others when you spoke harshly.  We are called to speak truth, and we are called to speak in love, too.  

We had an incredible Sunday with 13 confirmations and the baptisms of Kiana Gutierrez and Emma Thibodeaux.  We welcome these new members to the Body of Christ and to membership at Lake Houston UMC!

This week we will look at Deuteronomy 26: 1-11, where Moses is summarizing all that the Lord has done for the people of Israel.  They have been wandering in the wilderness for 40 years, being shaped into a nation and getting ready to go and take possession of the Promised Land.  Moses teaches them to tell the story of what God has done for them, and through them, in shaping them into being a people. 

God is shaping us, too, friends.  One year ago we were still worshiping outside.  Now our office buildings and Children's Wing are nearly complete, and we are closing in on plans for a new Sanctuary that will seat twice as many people as the old one, and we will be able to hold all our worship services there!  We have done this with the help of God and the community here, with the gifts and talents so freely given by so many.  

The sermon is called "Grounded in Gratitude".  Come and see, Sunday at 8:30 and 10:45 a.m.

This past Wednesday Dr. Ed Robb and Dr. John Hull from The Woodlands United Methodist Church came down to LHUMC with our District Superintendent Kip Gilts.  They wanted to see for themselves what we are doing and see the pictures of where we've come from.  They were able to see the remains of our former Sanctuary and the the proposed rendering of the new one.  As you remember, The Woodlands United Methodist Church donated $100,000 toward Restore, Rebuild, Transform and after touring the facilities and seeing our plans, they are donating another $50,000!  Dr. Robb is the founding pastor of The Woodlands United Methodist Church, and he and Dr. Hull were excited to see that the Body of Christ here at LHUMC has not been restricted by a building!  

This weekend we have an Emmaus Men's Walk (HNEC #100) with Tommie Whitaker as a pilgrim and Pete Collier on the staff.  Please keep them, and all the pilgrims and staff, in your prayers.  May it be a life-changing event for them as it was for me and for many of you.  

Faithfully in Jesus Christ,

Pastor Frank 

Listen to Audio Sermons here  | frankcoats.blogspot.com


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