Dear Church Family,
I use the term “church family” intentionally. For as
members of this community of faith, we are indeed
a family of brothers and sisters in Christ. St. Paul
wrote extensively about the importance of the
Body of Christ being ONE and gave more than a
few suggestions on how to make that happen.
That being said, I believe that Paul would be very
pleased with our ONE Service on July 3. He would
commend us for our good attendance, and I’m sure
that he would delight in all the wonderful food we
shared! Of course, all of this happened on a holiday
weekend, so Paul would be doubly excited!
I’d like to say a word about a topic that is extremely
important to our life together as a church
family: pastoral care. Please let me know when
you are in the hospital or are experiencing an illness.
One of the highest honors of my call to the
pastorate has been to pray and walk alongside people
as they face medical concerns. Please know
that you may call my cell phone anytime, and that
I desire to pray and visit you in the hospital and at
home. My number is (662) 266-7778.
I’ll be out of the office next week attending the
Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. One of the
most important tasks we have is electing new bishops.
Please be in prayer that the five elected to the
episcopacy will be faithful and effective leaders.
While I’m still the new kid on the block around
here, I want you to know that I feel right at home
living in New Albany and serving as your pastor.
That only happens when a congregation opens its
arms and welcomes the new pastoral family with
open arms. Thank you for doing that for our family.