Pastor’s Pen

On Sunday mornings we have been working through the “What Disciples Do” sermon series.  As we work into November, on these four Sundays we will look at how disciples affirm their hope, at how disciples live by faith in difficult times, at how disciples take that faith into the public realm, and at how disciples give our ultimate allegiance to Jesus Christ, making him the center of our lives.  (Please see the scripture and questions for your to ponder below!)  Following worship on November 3rd we will have our annual charge conference.  Pastor Rebecca Trefz will be here to preach at 8:30 and 11:00 and to lead the charge conference.  You are encouraged to join us for a light lunch in Fellowship Hall as Pastor Rebecca offers some more teaching and as she conducts the annual business of the church.  The charge conference will begin at approximately 12:15.

I want to take a moment and personally thank all who helped with “Trunk or Treat” this year.  This event is a tremendous opportunity to connect in a small way with many families in our community and area.  Whenever we host new people at church — whether in the parking lot, in worship, or in Fellowship Hall — it is an opportunity to begin a relationship and to share the light and love of Christ.  Thanks to all who did these things through our annual Halloween event!!

Looking ahead, Advent begins on December 1st.  On the four Sundays in Advent will focus on the familiar themes of love, hope, joy, and peace as we walk the path to Bethlehem.  As has been our Advent practice, we will pair the Sunday sermons with a DVD-based study and book Almost Christmas: A Wesleyan Advent Experience.  This study is based on John Wesley’s sermon “The Almost Christian” and it encourages us to follow Christ wholeheartedly, striving to be “altogether Christians”.  If you would be willing to host an Advent study small group at church or in your home during the month of December, please let me know!!  We will also offer a family option for Advent.  This involves sharing in a devotional once a week and creating an Advent shadow box as a family.  The devotional booklet and shadow box supplies will be provided by the church.

May the Lord bless and keep you and your family throughout November!

  • Pastor John

Scripture to read and consider:

 He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn of the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything”.  — Colossians 1:18

Questions to ponder and go deep with:

1) How do you recognize Jesus as the head of the church?

2) Where is Jesus less than first place in your life?

3) How can Christ be elevated to the to #1 priority in your life?