The Pensacola District of The United Methodist Church
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Here for You - Serving Jesus
A Word from Our District Superintendent
July 20, 2014
Greetings in the name of Christ! We have a record crowd registered for our Pensacola District Welcoming on Tuesday night at the Gonzalez United Methodist Church! I am looking forward to seeing all of you as we spend time together in praise and worship, fellowship, and conversation about ministry in the coming year. Please drive carefully as you make your way to the gathering.
I had the privilege of preaching at the Warrington United Methodist Church this weekend. The congregation has recently completed a visioning process, along with a new mission statement. The church hopes that members will be "All In!" as they are "INspired, INvolved, and INvested" in the life of faith as they serve others. It is clear they are living into the mission, as they are helping those in need through collecting hygiene items, donating the tabs from soft drinks to the Ronald McDonald House, helping young women in Kenya through an outreach project, hosting college students who are biking across the US to raise awareness about cancer research, and much more! Warrington is yet another of our Pensacola District congregations that is engaging their "ministry zone" seeking to affect their community with the astringent love of Christ, in order that healing and hope might be found by all who live and call that area of our district home.
I am grateful that clergy and laity throughout the district are making a difference in the lives of people, sowing seeds of goodness, even as we contend with the difficulties of life affecting our communities. Through your acts of kindness, generosity, and love, you are helping others experience an in-breaking of the Kingdom in their lives.
Wesley was right when he said, "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.” This need is greatly underscored as we consider geopolitical events abroad and challenges that face us here at home.
This week, I will be keeping limited office hours. On Monday, I will be finishing preparations for the District Welcoming. On Tuesday, I will be in Crestview for the Alabama-West Florida Foundation Scholarship Committee Meeting before traveling to Gonzalez for our evening together. On Wednesday, I will be in the office. I will be away on Thursday and Friday. Please feel free to email or call should you have need of me. I am looking forward to seeing you all in Gonzalez!
Blessings and peace,
About the Pensacola District
The Pensacola District is one of eight districts comprising the Alabama-West Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church. True to biblical mandate and denominational priority, we are committed to proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ; discipling residents, tourists, and snowbirds alike; establishing new congregations; and nurturing existing ones.
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