Pastor's Blog
August 7, 2019, 9:47 AM

August Blog



 

How grateful I am for the many faces I have seen and stories I have heard this last month.  Thank you for making time to share and pray with me.  Don't worry if you didn't get to sign up, there is plenty of time!  I have learned so much about our church, our community, and how FUMC has impacted your lives.  The most exciting things for me to hear are the dreams and desires you have for us as we journey forward together.  It is clear to me that we have a great purpose in this community, to share the love of Christ, offering hope and connection.  I am often reminded of the blessing of life in a faithful community, and grateful that we are called to live this life in solidarity.

As we head into Fall, we are going to go back to some of the basics of what it means to be the church in our world today.  I am hoping you will agree to be a part of a four week small group study (8-10 people) as we discuss who we are and what FUMC has to offer the community.  Let's talk about:  Who we are, how we grow, the unmet needs in our community, and how we might connect with younger people.  Your presence in this process is crucial as your story is integral to our story as a whole.

Perhaps you'd be willing to host one of these small groups?  This does not require a spotless house or a theology degree - only a willing heart and desire for our church to step courageously into the future!  In fact, your small group could even meet at the church or elselwhere in the community.  Please let me know if you would like more information, I'd like to have a minimum of eight leaders in place by August 21.

For the last few weeks in worship we have been focused on people who stepped out in faith, not really knowing what the future would hold.  The Scripture above comes from the Book of Esther, if you haven't read it, take a look.  It's not too long and reminds us that God can place us right where we need to be, at the time we need to be there.  I am convinced that God has each of you in this place, at this time for a purpose.  Exactly what will spring forth is yet to be seen and I pray that you are filled with encouragement and hope at what God is doing (and will do).

We have been made for such a time as this!  May we step forward into this time of transformation with courage and hope!

Remember, my door is always open.

Be Blessed,

Rev. Devon Herrell




July 2, 2019, 12:00 PM

July Blog - Pastor Devon



As I write this, I am sitting at Summer Games camp, a place where children and young adult lives are changed as they dig in and develop a relationship with Jesus.  One of the greatest things about Summer Games is the depth of friendship that forms in a matter of just a few days.  As one of the pastors, I am humbled when I am given the opportunity to pray with the campers.  We always have an altar call and while some young people come forward to say yes to Christ, many come with deep struggles and fear longing to hear the good news that they are not alone, that God knows them and loves them immeasurably.

This year our theme is HOPE and our key Scripture is Jeremiah's great reminder:  "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (29-11)

For many months now you and I have been in the midst of a great deal of transition.  I am deeply grateful and excited that July 1st marks the beginning of this new adventure and pray that every step of the way we are grounded in the trust that God does have a great plan in store for FUMC, for our time together in ministry, and for the impact we will continue to make on our community and the world.

I look foward to getting to know you and the variety of gifts and graces that exist within this Body of Christ.  Starting Tuesday, July 9, I will begin a time of "Dialogue with Devon", asking you to sign up for a thirty-minute time slot to come and share a bit about yourself.  This will run on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the weeks of July 7, July 14 and July 21 with thirty-minute time slots from 9am - 12pm and from 1pm - 4 pm on Tuesday's and Wednesday's and on Thursday's from 9am - 12pm and from 6pm - 8 pm.  Sign up sheets will be available at worship and in the Warren Street foyer or you can call Barb in the office to set up a time for this conversation.  If you find it difficult to come to my office, I will happily meet you where it is most convenient.

In addition, if there is interest, I hope to start two new classes:

*Making Sense of the Bible will start on July 17 and meet at both 10am and 6pm.  This six-week study will engage us in a discussion about how the Bible came to be, how we find meaning in it, and some of the most-asked questions about it.  This class is open to everyone, feel free to come when you can.

*Companions in Christ: The Way of Discernment is a ten-week spiritual growth opportunity.  This class is for you if you ponder the movement of the Holy Spirit in your life, if you've wondered where God is leading you, if you are unclear about your purpose, or if you simply want to spend more time seeking God's will.  This class is an intentional small group and involves daily spiritual growth practices and reflection.  If you are interested in this class please let me know and we will determine the best time for everyone.

As we begin this journey my greatest prayer is that we do it with a spirit of openess and hope, as together we get started on the plans God has in store for us!  I look forward to serving you!

Be Blessed,

Pastor Devon

 

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