February 16, 2015, 11:01 AM

February is a great month for telling family and friends that we love and appreciate them. I hope you will take this opportunity to let them know what they mean to you. One of my daily devotions today ended with the fourth verse of “Saviour, Like a Shepherd Lead Us.” “Early let us seek Thy favor, Early let us do Thy will; Blessed Lord and only Saviour, With Thy love our bosoms fill. Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus! Thou hast loved us, love us still. Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus! Thou hast loved us, love us still.” Remember who loves you and let us follow that example and express our love for others.

Wednesday I participated in a Healthy Family Healthy Planet conference call. I learned that United Methodist Women has done such a terrific job preparing Birthing Kits that UMCOR now has an abundance of them and has asked us to focus on other UMCOR kits such as health kits and school kits. I know our local UMW group was planning on making birthing kits to be ready to take when we go to Sager Brown in June, but we will change our focus and prepare one of the other kits that are listed on the UMCOR website. I hope you will take this into consideration as you plan “hands on” mission activities.  Also, I believe there is still space available if you want to join us on the CTC UMW Mission Trip to UMCOR Sager-Brown June 28 – July 2. Please contact Cynthia Rives if you are interested.

Another happening this February is the beginning of Lent on February 18. Our church has an Ash Wednesday Service to help set the focus during these 40 days before Easter on the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I hope you will take time to meditate during Lent on spiritual matters that are important to you. It’s a great time to increase our prayer and Bible study time. I’ll keep you in my prayers as each of you plans and makes time for your spiritual practices.  Many people give up something for Lent and others take on new projects or activities such as writing notes of appreciation to former teachers, pastors, co-workers, family and friends.

Sing-a-Rainbow is just around the corner, February 21, at First UMC of Burleson. If you have not registered, please do so now and encourage your friends to register also. This is so there will be seating and enough handouts for everyone. Register at ctcumw.org. The UMW at Burleson and I will greatly appreciate it.

Lastly, thanks to those of you who have helped to make our website up to date with photos and information about upcoming events. Know that Karla, our webmaster, works full time and is taking graduate courses at Wesleyan. So after you send her something give her 3 to 5 days to incorporate it into our website. Your patience will be greatly appreciated.

I send you blessings for a wonderful and eventful February.

Linda Hutchings, CTC UMW President.

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