Pastor Ed's Sermon Series
01/01 – 02/26/2017
Being and Living As A Light For Others!
01/01 “Chose Life” (Deuteronomy 30:11-20)It’s a new year and we can choose how we’ll live it.
01/08 “The Word of Life” (1 John 1:1-4) Jesus, the Word of God in human flesh as our example.
01/15 “What It Means To Walk In The Light” (1 John 1:5-10)It’s all about relationships.
01/22 “How We Can Live In The Light” (1 John 2:1-14) It’s not about knowledge, but knowing.
01/29 “What do you love most?” (1 John 2:15-17) It’s all about what we love the most.
02/05 “Know The Truth, Remain in the Truth, And Know Him” (1 John 2:18-28)The power of remaining connected.
02/12 “God’s Children Do What Is Right” (1 John 2:29-3:10) We must love and live like Jesus.
02/19 “God’s Children Love One Another Part 1” (1 John 3:11-17)We Are The Message.
02/26 “God’s Children Love One Another Part 2” (1 John 3:18-24) Is there enough evidence to convict you of being a disciple of Jesus?
I Bring You Good News of Great Joy!
Wow! Breathe! Yes, please take a deep breath of air. So much has happened in the last couple of months. If you’ve not heard the news about me, I am retiring at the end of June! Such news may not be of great joy to you, but it is to Peggy and me. Although I turn only 63 in July, and our original plans were to retire in two years when I turn 65, I realized after prayer and reflection that God was inviting me to retire early. I spent a considerable amount of time in thought and prayer with Peggy before I made this decision. You may be wondering why I would retire early. When I realized that we were in a good financial position to do so, I discovered that God was inviting me to share my gifts, my heart, my life and my family in ministry other than pastoring a church. I see this as God’s call for me to be an instrument in the lives of other pastors. Just as I have seen how the Holy Spirit has used me effectively in people’s lives, one on one and in small groups, as a pastor of a church, I believe that God desires to use me in other pastor’s lives to encourage and support them in their ministries.
Change is rarely easy! Saying goodbye is difficult and especially in our case in which Peggy and I have connected with so many of you, loved you and felt loved by you, and been have through some wonderful experiences in which God has used us in each other’s lives to draw us closer to God and to one another as disciples of Jesus Christ.
There isn’t really ever a good time to leave, especially when things seem to be moving in a positive direction. If you haven’t heard, it looks like a miracle has taken place! I bring you good news of great joy! We have paid all of our ministry shares for 2016 without requesting any additional support from our Trustees!
Last year alone, the additional amount to help pay our Ministry Shares was $26,000. Woohoo! Thank you one and all for pulling together so that with God’s help we finally achieved this goal that we have been aiming at for the last four years! It is truly a testimony to what we can do together with God’s help if we trust God and each of us is willing to do whatever he or she believes God is asking them to do to help. Some increased their weekly offering, some organized and helped with additional fund raisers, and others found ways like contributing items needed at their own expense in order to reduce the expense budget. The result, we were able to raise what was needed.
This good news of great joy ought to give us hope for our future as the FUMC family. When we place our trust in God and pull together as a church family, anything is possible, and I mean anything! Let’s keep on trusting God and being willing to step up and do what we can do to reach our goals and move forward in the direction that God is leading us. If we are willing to really commit ourselves (be all in) for God and for our FUMC family, I truly believe that all things are possible.
As we move into this New Year, let’s be a people of hope! Let’s trust God to lead us! And let’s commit ourselves and our resources to discovering and becoming the church family that God is calling us to become!
Together, let’s become a people of hope as we live into God’s plans for us!