Message from the Pastor

Sunday’s coming!  So is June!  So is summer!  We have lots to do and lots to look forward to!  Are you ready?

We kick off the month with our 1st Sunday Mission Service Dinner.  I know that that’s a mouthful, so we’re changing the name.  Here is: Mission Starts Here!  That’s right, each and every first Sunday of each month, we will meet for a time of worship, fellowship, a meal and focus ourselves on mission.  Mission Starts Here!  The United Methodist Women are taking care of the meal this Sunday, so it’s going to be good!

Simply put, our mission is to share the love of Jesus with one another and our neighbors.  Here are some of the ways that we will do it:

We will deliver meals to some of our home-bound.

We will take and serve Holy Communion to some of our home-bound.

We will make cards of encouragement and celebrate milestones with each other.

We will do projects around people’s homes as needed/requested.

This is just the start.  As we go, we will develop Circles of Care.  Each Circle will be led by people in our congregation who have a heart for calling and checking on a few member and friends of our congregation.  These leaders (Are you one?) will help keep our connection with one another fresh and will help assess where we can offer our missional love toward one another.  Find our more about Circles of Care with this newsletter.  Pray for personal direction of how you will be involved in Mission Starts Here!

June 10-13th is Annual Conference.  This year it is in Waco.  Worship on Sunday, June 10, will be at 7 p.m. at Austin Avenue.  Worship on Tuesday, June 12, will be at 7 p.m. at FUMC Waco.  There will also be a United Methodist Women’s luncheon on Tuesday, at 12 noon, in the Brazos Ballroom #214 & #215.  R.S.V.P. by June 5th is required for the luncheon through Kaye Swain.  Tickets are $15.

June 17-23rd is our CTCYM Mission Trip.  7 youth and 2 adults will travel to Andrews, Texas where we will partner with FUMC Grapevine for a week of putting God’s love into action by being the hands and feet of Jesus for those in need.  Pray that God will use us in a mighty way.

We will round out our month getting Amped Up for Vacation Bible School.  VBS will run from Tuesday, June 26- Friday, June 29.  We anticipate that God will continue to reveal more truths about Himself, Jesus and His Holy Spirit during this special time.  We need your prayers, your presences, and your talents for this awesome week to come together. 

As you can see… God has put into our hearts and minds much to do.  It sounds like a lot and it may even seem overwhelming, but for this reason, we do not trust in our own strength alone.  Serving God and neighbors requires that we keep the main thing, the main thing, so with that, maybe we should begin and end each prayer with a reminder from Philippians: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13 (NRSV)   Blessings, Pastor Joe!