Pastor’s Pen – April 29, 2020

Hello Everyone,

Happy Wednesday! Does anyone else have trouble keeping track of days during this time of disruption? I hope you and your family are safe and doing okay.

On Sunday it was announced that Pastors Rachel and Ryan will be moving to new appointments in central Florida at the beginning of July. It is hard to believe they have been with us for the last four years. We will miss Ryan, Rachel, Emmaline, and Charlie. The Staff Parish team will be working on ways for us to celebrate and thank Rachel and Ryan for their service over the last four years. Please keep the DeLaunes in your prayers as they begin to make this transition. Our hope is for Sunday, June 21st to be a celebration of their ministry in Boca.

As one chapter ends, another begins. It is with joy and excitement that we welcome Madeline Baum as our new associate pastor at the beginning of July. Here is the release shared by our District Superintendent:

Madeline Baum

Beginning July 1, 2020, Madeline Baum will be a commissioned provisional elder in the Florida Conference and will begin serving as the new Associate pastor at First United Methodist Church of Boca Raton. She is currently serving as Director of Family Ministries at Ocala West UMC. Madeline will graduate from Asbury Theological Seminary in December, 2020. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Organizational Management from Indian River State College in 2015.

In Madeline’s own words she wrote the following when asked about her personal faith and the mission of the church, “My personal faith journey began in the Catholic Church where I spent my early years. There, I knew of God, but I did not know God personally. After many years of searching for something, I was ultimately led to the UMC about 12 years ago. Here I found a home -a community of faith grounded in Christ and covenantally committed to one another. It was at Trinity United Methodist Church in Jensen Beach that I answered my call to ministry. I have spent the last ten years cultivating this gift that God has given me and I am certain that I am ready to share what I have learned with a congregation as we work together to discern God’s path in or shared ministry. As we work together as the Body of Christ, we strive to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”

 Madeline’s spiritual gifts are leadership and compassion/mercy. She includes preaching/teaching as one of her strengths.

Madeline and her husband, Luciano (Lou) have a daughter, Sara, who will be attending FAU beginning summer 2020.

We will have many opportunities to welcome the Baum family in July. Please keep Madeline, Lou, and Sara in your prayers as they say goodbyes and transition to Boca.

I hope you are able to go outside and enjoy some of the cool air today. Remember we are Easter people and nothing is greater than God!

In God’s Amazing Grace,

Pastor Marcus

 

 

Pastor’s Pen – April 8, 2020

Happy Holy Week! We have made it to Wednesday, April 8th. In this new normal, I find myself not taking as many things for granted! Jesus’ sermon on the mount and his statement about “not worrying about tomorrow” has a new and more profound meaning.

I hope each of you is safe and secure. Our caring callers, staff, and pastors continue to call and text people on a daily basis. If you are thinking about or missing someone, I encourage you to call or text them. During this time of social distancing, I am making an effort to connect with at least 10 people daily. Maybe this can be your goal each day for the remainder of April!

A few updates for this week:

Wyatt Robinson, our Director of Family Ministries, along with Pastors Rachel and Kernie, will be leading an online Maundy (Holy) Thursday family experience. More information is available on our website and Facebook page.

I am planning to share some scripture and/or reflection on our Facebook page this Thursday – Saturday. Even though Easter will be celebrated in a different way this year, the message of Easter is the same. Easter reminds us that God loves us so much He entered the world as Jesus and died for our sins. Three days after this sacrifice, death was defeated and the tomb was empty. We celebrate Jesus is ALIVE! Easter would not make any sense if there was not a death and a bodily resurrection. We are Easter people!

I would like to invite you to join us online this Easter Sunday. You will hear amazing music and hear words of hope as Easter people. As always, feel free to invite your family and friends.

Finally, I encourage you to listen to one of my favorite songs about Jesus’ death from the perspective of the thief:

 

 

I look forward to walking though Holy Week and Easter with you.

God bless,

Pastor Marcus

Pastor’s Pen – April 1, 2020

Hello Everyone,
I pray this email finds you well. The month of March 2020 is one that we will never forget! I hope you are taking the advice of local, state, and federal officials seriously and doing your part to help slow the spread of this terrible virus.

Our caring callers, staff and pastors have been reaching out to people through email, text messages and phone calls. Just yesterday I had an amazing phone call with one of our 90+ year old members. He told me how he has been in contact with family and many people from FUMC. I am thankful for everyone reaching out during this time of social distancing. If you would like to be on our call list, please email us.
Our online worship continues on Facebook each week at 10:00 AM and is also posted to our YouTube Channel. We are meeting online each Wednesday night at 7:00 PM for our weekly Lenten study and at noon on Thursday for our weekly prayer time. Anyone is invited to join us online!
This Sunday we will be celebrating Holy Communion together during our worship time. Please gather some bread and juice/drink before the live worship at 10:00 AM.
Please continue to reach out to family, neighbors and friends during the next 30-45 days. We will get through this time, but it is important for us not to be totally isolated from all people.
Finally, I wanted to share an article from an author and theologian named NT Wright. I enjoy his readings and his love of Jesus Christ. This article is a good reminder of the Biblical tradition of lament and its importance to Christians.
May God bless you and help you to find new ways to love the people around you.
In God’s Amazing Grace,
Pastor Marcus