FROM THE EDITOR
After living what I felt was a "decent" life, my time on earth came to the end. The first thing I remember is sitting on a bench in the waiting room of a court house. The doors opened and I was instructed to come in and sit at the defense table. As I looked around I saw the "prosecutor." He was a villainous looking gent who snarled as he stared at me. He definitely was the most evil person I have ever seen. I sat down and looked to my left and there sat My Attorney, a kind and gentle looking man who seemed so familiar to me, I felt I knew Him. The corner door flew open and there appeared the Judge in full flowing robes. He commanded an awesome presence as He moved across the room. I couldn't take my eyes off of Him. As He took His seat behind the bench, He said, "Let us begin."
The prosecutor rose and said, "My name is Satan and I am here to show you why this man belongs in hell." He proceeded to tell of lies that I told, things that I stole, how I cheated others. I was so embarrassed that I couldn't look at anyone, even my own Attorney, as the Devil told of sins I had completely forgotten about. But I was upset at My Attorney who sat there silently not offering any form of defense at all. I know I had been guilty of those things, but I had done some good in my life - couldn't that at least equal out part of the harm I'd done? Satan finished with a fury and said, "This man belongs in hell, he is guilty of all that I have charged and there is not a person who can prove otherwise."
When it was His turn, My Attorney asked if He might approach the bench. As He got up and started walking, I saw Him in His full splendor and majesty. I realized why He seemed so familiar; this was Jesus representing me, my Lord and Savior.
He stopped at the bench and softly said to the Judge, "Hi, Dad," and then He turned to address the court. "Satan was correct in saying that this man had sinned, I won't deny any of these allegations. And, yes, the wage of sin is death, and this man deserves to be punished." Jesus took a deep breath and turned to His Father with outstretched arms and proclaimed, "However, I died on the cross so that this person might have eternal life and he has accepted Me as his Savior, so he is Mine. His name is written in the book of life and no one can snatch him from Me. Satan still does not understand. This man is not to be given justice, but rather mercy." As Jesus sat down, He quietly paused, looked at His Father and said, "There is nothing else that needs to be done. I've done it all."
The Judge lifted His mighty hand and slammed the gavel down. The following words bellowed from His lips... "This man is free. The penalty for him has already been paid in full. Case dismissed."
As my Lord led me away, I could hear Satan ranting and raving, "I won't give up, I will win the next one. I asked Jesus "Have you ever lost a case?" Christ lovingly smiled and said, "Everyone that has come to Me and asked Me to represent them has received the same verdict as you, Paid in Full."
See you in church.
Treasurer’s report for August Income: $10886
Check book balance of $13115 minus pass-through and memorial fund= $11532.
Vestry approved Treasurer’s report and minutes from last meeting.
New Business: A discussion about a wireless alarm system was tabled for next meeting. The Vestry agreed to purchase a pair of cruets with money from the Memorial Fund given in memory of Dan and Elaine Razor. We discussed plans for the Annual Meeting. Old Business: We firmed up the plans for our Stewardship campaign. Matt Wilson will investigate whether the annual website charge can be drafted automatically from the church’s checking account. Sallie Razor will check with Allen Blair about Kroger Cares program. Matt Wilson will check with Allen Blair about newspaper article about Christmas Bazaar.
Sr. Warden’s Report: Mary Ratliff reported that the process of getting a church credit card is not feasible at this time.
Jr. Warden’s Report: Consultations on-going regarding repairs to the undercroft and painting should resume within next few weeks.
Stewardship/ Finance/ Publicity: Discussed Draft Budget for 2014. Worship/ Fellowship/Hospitality: Morning Prayer notebook completed. Stewardship and Annual meeting luncheons. Christian Formation: Bryan Groff has started a new Sunday school program.
STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY/ANNUAL MEETING
Sunday, November 3 is Stewardship Sunday and the Vestry is providing a luncheon for the parish. Our pledges are due, so that we can finalize our 2014 Annual budget. Hopefully, everyone has prayerfully considered what they will give monetarily, in addition to our time and talents.
Sunday, November 17 is our Annual Meeting with a luncheon in which the church will provide ham and fried chicken and there will be a sign-up sheet for side dishes and desserts. At our meeting, we will be electing 3 vestry members to fill the seats of Kathi Peck and the retiring members, Judy Bramblet and Matt Wilson. We will also be electing four delegates to the Diocesan Convention in Northern Kentucky. The Vestry will present the 2014 Proposed Budget for approval.