God blessed Liberty in a marvelous way yesterday at our 2011 Easter Service Sunday morning. Nearly every available seat was taken for our annual Easter Breakfast organized by our head Deacon, Jerry Miller. Our church men, teens, and even some of our Jr. age children helped fix food, take orders, and serve our guests.
The breakfast was followed by a 20 minute Easter Cantata, “Love Grew Where the Blood Fell.” Coletta Burns organized and coordinated this presentation and Choir Director, Fred Heimann directed the cantata. This was Fred’s very first cantata as our Choir Director, and both he and my wife, Coletta did excellent work. The singers were made up of our adult choir and a female teen quartet from our youth group.
After our Resurrection congregational singing lead by Song Leader, Fabian Canales, I was honored to preach a brief sermon on the Evidence of Christ’s Resurrection from the Bible and changed lives. With many friends, neighbors, and relatives coming to worship as our special guests, the Lord brought us a total of 168 people to this unified Easter Resurrection service.
God is good all the time, but He really showered His blessings on us this Easter to make this year’s worship and service very special. That's "Something to Think About!"
Jim C. Burns, Sr. Pastor
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Two days from this writing, my daughter in law, Jenny and our only granddaughter, Miley will be moving from Ohio to Kansas. Our oldest son, Matt will be finishing out his a/c - heating work for a company in Marion, Ohio and plans to join his wife and daughter May 13th. Matt and Jenny have lived near Marion, OH since their marriage and Miley was born in Marion 3 and 1/2 years ago at the same hospital where her "Nanny Burns" was born.
Moving "back to Kansas" where both Matt and Jenny were raised and attended school is a dream come true to them. They will be close to old friends, and family that still lives in Hutchinson and other nearby towns. Dorothy on the Wizard of Oz sang, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," and when speaking of Kansas, she would close her eyes, click her heals and whisper, "There's no place like home." So, this beautiful "Burns' Trio" will have a new home not far from where "Dorothy" was from back where it all started.
Coletta and I are very happy for them. Just as we were excited with every new location the Lord moved us to during our earlier years of marriage and ministry, Matt, Jenny, and Miley are experiencing an adventure of a life time. Having said that, we will miss them dearly. Coletta and I are already starting to feel some of the "loneliness" that Miley's Grandpa and Grandma Riley have likely felt being so far away from their only granddaughter while Miley lived in Prospect, Ohio. But as always, just like having our other son, Aaron in China, God's grace is always sufficient for changes in our lives like this one.
But, we will stay in touch and continue to be close even though many miles will be between us. Please pray for them in their journey back to Kansas, and for Miley as she adjusts to her new home and surroundings. We love you guys more than you will ever know, and we will see you again as soon as we can!
I'm "Papa Burns" writing for me AND NANNY BURNS, and that's something to think about!