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The Pastor’s Pen

Let me tell you about my last three days…

Sunday was a wonderful time of worship. The music at all three services was fantastic. Our choir is such a blessing to our church, and I was deeply moved by their singing this week. I attended the Salt and Light Christmas party that afternoon, and had good food and fellowship with our newest Sunday School Class. As I left to go to that evening’s SPRC meeting, a theme emerged for the week. In the CLC I discovered our youth were hosting a pajama Christmas party for our Camp Sonshine kids. And then, after our meeting, I heard elves working in the Christmas Store.

Monday was busy, but I paused my work to attend the Monday Morning UMW Circle Christmas lunch. After lunch, these ladies made care packages of cookies and other goodies for the sick and homebound in our congregation. That night our finance committee and church council met, and I was proud to hear both groups voice that being in mission to our community is at the heart of who we are as a community of faith.

Tuesday was a Flock meeting day, and we were treated to wonderful music from four of Greg Long’s Blue Mountain College students. While eating lunch, I had some good conversations about our upcoming United Methodist Men’s reboot and the need to center their work and ministry on missions. Of course, Tuesday was also the first day of our Christmas Store. Because of the generosity of our church, hundreds of children will have a happier Christmastime this year.

What I’m getting at is that the theme of the week has been missions. UMW, Camp Sonshine, the Christmas Store, the Choir, Salt and Light Class, SPRC, Finance Committee, Church Council, Flock, and Youth Group—all doing good in our community. Consider this quote often attributed to John Wesley:
“Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.”

Advent is a season of preparation. It’s also a time of doing good. Whom will you bless today? How will our community be better because the people called Methodist loved people well this week? See you Sunday!