For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
As we pass through the season of fall colors and look ahead to a time of Thanksgiving, we also enter into a season of new beginnings at Wesley UMC while the past season of uncertainty and frustration fades behind us. This is a time for healing, a time to gather in the flock, a time for patience and gentleness with one another, and a time to prepare for the work that God has given to us.
In the past couple of weeks, many people have thanked me for coming to pastor this congregation. The truth is that I feel privileged to be your pastor. I had found myself uncertain and frustrated these past few months as I waited for the licensing and appointment process to play out. Now I see that the wait has been worthwhile because I’ve been appointed to a much better situation at Wesley UMC than I ever could have imagined. We have great lay leadership, a beautiful church building, a strong community, and the beauty of God’s creation around us. God has given us good seed and fertile ground. We will have a bountiful harvest. As your new pastor, I’m excited about the opportunities for ministry and growth that lie ahead of us at Wesley UMC! And so, I say “thank you” for allowing me to serve as your pastor!
Don’t expect any major changes in the way things are done over the next couple of months. We will be using this time to plan the future direction of Wesley UMC’s ministry, discipleship, worship, and fellowship life. We will be looking to renew the youth group, develop some new small groups for adults, and build excellence in worship. I would also like for us to re-discover the evangelistic spirit that defined the Methodist movement from its beginnings.
Do expect to receive an update on our church financial situation and pledge cards soon. The short version is that we are in fair financial shape at the moment but we are still short of fulfilling our full apportionments obligation for 2016. Please don’t forget to contribute towards your share of the apportionments before the end of the year.
As a final note, Wesley UMC will be hosting the annual Thanksgiving worship service with other area congregations. This will take place at 7 pm on the Wednesday before Turkey Day. I hope to see you there!
Grace and blessings,
Pastor Andy Petter
Wesley will be hosting the Thanksgiving eve service at 7:00pm November 23rd.