Introducing: the M.A.D. Artist Society
James tells us that faith without works is dead and that we should be not only hearers of the word but doers of the word. He says that undefiled religion is to visit orphans and widows in their trouble and to remain unstained from the world. Matthew tells us that Jesus said when we have welcomed a stranger, fed the hungry, clothed the naked, or visited the sick or imprisoned, we have done as much for Him. It is the hope and desire of every M.A.D. Artist to be doers of the word. Our ultimate goal (and our motto) is to be people Making A Difference.
M.A.D. Artist Society has a several-fold goal in its existence, but it all comes down to helping those in need one way or another. A major way in which we envision doing this with the puppet ministry is to reach out to those in nursing homes, many of whom are without family nearby (or at all) and many of whom suffer from Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. We intend to present a blend of sketches, stories, and music designed to stimulate the mind and cause comforting, familiar memories to emerge. We will do this through a mixture of biblical and popular but family friendly content. Our main ministry really begins after the puppet shows are over, when we sit down with our audience, taking the puppets out to meet them and spending time talking and hugging and letting them know we aren’t just there to put on a show but to listen and to share the love of Jesus one on one. We will also visit hospitals, libraries, and schools as well as wherever else God leads!
M.A.D. Artist Society is committed to its partnership with Western Hills United Methodist Church, and presently, all members of the team are also members of the church. We hope to bring refreshing and renewal on the human level as we pray God brings these things on the spiritual level. Our first extra-puppet objective has been to offer help to Joe Frausto as he works tirelessly to keep our property beautiful and clean. We have begun meeting with Joe on Friday mornings to help him in these efforts. THERE WILL BE MORE TO COME!
M.A.D. Artist Society Mission Statement
As James tells us in chapter 1, verse 22, we intend to be doers of the word and not just hearers. We want to bring comfort and love to those who are lonely, help to those who are needy, and in general, to be people Making A Difference.
Answers to some frequently asked questions
· The original purchase of the theater materials was $150. The work of installation, of course, is costing more money/materials, but every effort is being made to stay within the budget we have been graciously and generously allotted. We have had several items donated to us, which has helped in this effort and for which we are truly grateful. If you’d like to donate to the cause and wonder what you could give besides time and effort, please check out the bulletin board in the church narthex to see what items are still needed.
26 July 2015
Western Hills United Methodist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, presents a preview of “The Lawrence Welk Radio Show”, a puppet show featuring stars of the past singing ‘golden oldies’ to entertain Alzheimer’s patients and people in nursing homes and retirement centers.