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Journey Notes for July

 

“This is a day of new beginnings, time to remember and move on ...
For by the life and death of Jesus, God’s mighty Spirit, now as then,
can make for us a world of difference, as faith and hope are born again.” Brian Wren, UMC Hymnal #383

 

Dear Friends on the Journey,

There is an old adage, “Time flies when you’re having fun.” That’s how I feel most of the time as I serve you as your pastor. It’s so hard to believe that I have been with you on this journey for six years and beginning year number seven. So much has happened in our lives over this time. My daughter was married, I became a grandmother four times over, I said goodbye to some family members as they died, I sat with some others going through difficult times, and that was just in my personal life. In our lives together we have shared some poignant times as well births, deaths, illness, baptisms, confirmations, graduations, celebrations of all kinds. A Celebration Center and new ministries have been created. We saw the addition of the memorial garden and the pavilion. We welcomed new members and we said goodbye to other dear souls that moved out of the area. No two years were the same and I dare say that no two weeks were the same. Thanks be to God.

I look forward to a new year with the changes, challenges and celebrations it will bring. We embark on a new adventure as we welcome Pastor Caleb Fritz to serve with you. We will create a team approach to our ministry, and we are still working on the details. We will be in flux for a bit as we discover how best to build on each other’s gifts and talents and discern together a routine that serves the congregation well. Pastor Caleb will be working initially to get to know us and our gifts and quirks. Some of his duties will be to work with the ministry teams and to help us create new ministries for outreach into the community. Church administration and development of leaders will be part of the emphasis I will be responsible for. We will share visitation as needed, and at least once every six weeks, Pastor Caleb with be preaching. He also will be working closely with Kevin Myers as we continue to develop Power Hour into a worship experience. We are both excited about the team approach that is coming to fruition, and I believe that you will find Pastor Caleb’s enthusiasm contagious.

I hope that you will continue to pray for all the leadership of this congregation, along with Pastor Caleb and myself, as we move into the future that God has planned for us, as we continue to celebrate life in Jesus Christ and strive to grow deeper and reach wider. 

Blessings on the journey,
Pastor Arlene

“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord,
plans for your welfare, and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11