A Word from our District Superintendent
April 20, 2014
(Dr. Jeremy Pridgeon) - Happy Easter! Christ is risen! Through the power of social media, I was able to see pictures and postings from across the district of the worship celebrations taking place across our churches. The connection we share as United Methodists, and as part of the universal Church, is evident. What a glorious day!
I want to express my appreciation and thanks to the untold numbers of volunteers who helped make Holy Week and Easter Sunday such a wonderful experience. Ushers, greeters, set designers, musicians, cooks, those who worked with children and youth, sound personnel, and so many others gave of their time in order that the message of the Gospel could be proclaimed with both boldness and excellence over these past days. Additionally, I want to thank our clergy for their dedication in their preparation and delivery of worship services and sermons that made this week one of the finest ever.
We are Easter people. And because we are Easter people, there is hope. There is always hope. God, who raised Jesus from the dead, is able and we give thanks to God and celebrate that we are children of the Father. The brokenness of our world is reconciled in the love of Christ and we bear witness to this in the Great Fifty Days and throughout the year. Thanks be to God!
As we look to this week, I want to encourage you to remind your SPR Chairpersons and committee members of the training event that will be held on Wednesday at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Pace at 7 p.m. This training is for all congregations receiving a new pastoral appointment, senior minister or an associate minister. (Training for all SPR / PPR and Layleaders will be held later in the year.) My hope is to have some representations from all of our churches that are involved in the appointment process this year in attendance.
This week, I will be keeping limited office hours and will be out of the district on Wednesday teaching in licensing school. Please feel free to email or call if you have need of me. Thank you again for your leadership during the Holy Week experience. You continue to make this the best district in United Methodism through your efforts!
Blessings and peace,
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