The Pensacola District of The United Methodist Church
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
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From Our District Superintendent
August 31, 2014
Greetings in the name of Christ and a happy Labor Day weekend to all!  As our nation pauses to recognize the contributions of all who help to make our society function through various means of work, I am reminded that labor consumes our days here on the earth.  Whether it is through an employer / employee relationship, volunteering to help others, working the land, or attending to the duties of overseeing a household, there is a tremendous amount of labor in each and every day.  The same holds for the Church: We need the contributions of all, empowered by the Holy Spirit, to be able to carry out the mission of the Church of making disciples for the transformation of the world.
Just as a holiday was enacted to celebrate labor in this country, the Sabbath was created to establish a needed pattern of rest from the toil of everyday.   While we do not adhere to this practice in a formal way as our Jewish brothers and sisters do, and perhaps neglect this practice more often than we should, sabbath rest should be part of our established routines.  I simply offer this as a reminder that as we go about the work of ministry, part of that work should be about sabbath keeping.
There are a couple of items I want to mention in this space today.  We have a tremendously important CORE Team meeting on Tuesday at the District Office at noon.  We will be discussing the upcoming District Conference and planning for the various aspects of this annual event.  Also, if you are interested in participating in the 8-week Covenant Bible Study I will be leading at the District Office beginning on Tuesday, September 23rd at 1:30, please contact Mary at the office and let her know you plan on taking part in this event.
I will be in the office on Tuesday only this week.  I will be out through the remainder of the week, returning to office on next Tuesday.  If there is an emergency, please contact Mary at the District Office and she will connect you with Dr. Cory Smith in the Baypines District to handle any matters that need immediate attention until I return next week.
Thank you for your leadership and I pray that there will be time for rest from your labor over the course of this weekend and that Sabbath keeping will be a priority for us as we serve.
Blessings and peace,

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