Pastor’s Pen

Hello Church family,

Welcome to our new weekly Pastor’s Pen. Our hope is to communicate more effectively with the entire congregation on both campuses.

I am excited to announce that the Rev. Kernie Kostrub has been approved by our Leadership Council to serve as our part time preaching and pastoral care pastor for the West Campus. Over the last year he has been actively involved at FUMC by leading prayer groups, participating in the Coral Sunset Initiative and Dinner Church, guest preaching, and participating in ministries/service opportunities like the Men’s Fellowship group, pumpkin patch, and church workdays. Pastor  Kernie will be a great addition to the pastoral team. He will officially begin on July 1st and will be preaching on the west campus beginning on July 7th.

Our weekly Celebrate Recovery worship service will be ending on Tuesday, June 25th. We are thankful for the nearly 12 years of this ministry and the hundreds of lives that have been transformed by the love and grace of Jesus Christ. Our recovery ministry focus will be changing to small groups in the fall. I am thankful that Dyane Bolick will continue to be the volunteer leader for the recovery ministry at FUMC. If you have any questions, please contact Dyane directly.

Please join us on Tuesday, June 25th in the Gathering Place as we celebrate the ministry of CR and look forward to what God has in store for the future of recovery ministry at FUMC.

Finally, we will be celebrating the 22+ year ministry of Pastor Tom on June 30th at the Unified Worship service at 10am in the East Campus Sanctuary. Following worship, we will be able to celebrate with Tom and Jana in the Gathering Place. A special love offering supporting a gardening initiative at our school in Haiti is being collected. There is more information on this special offering in this weekly email. Please plan to join us on this special Sunday to celebrate Pastor Tom and Jana.

In God’s Amazing Grace,

Pastor Marcus

Lay Leader’s Corner

Are You Willing to Dwell Across the Bridge?

I am very excited that our church is embarking on a new path of Fresh Expression. Pastor Rachel De Laune will lead this new adventure for us in just a few more weeks at Coral Sunset Elementary school. This is an opportunity for us to reach out and spread the Glorious Word of God.

I was “surfing” the internet the other day and came across a blog by Dr. Travis Collins. Dr Collins is the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Huntsville, AL.  I invite you to research Dr. Collins and his work. He is also a published author, including the book “From the Steeple to the Street.” The blog was titled: “Three Options to Reach the Unchurched”.  I found this blog very clear and a great analogy to explain the idea of Fresh Expressions. The following is a my paraphrasing of his blog article.

Dr Collins stated, in regards to the “unchurched”, we the “churched” have 3 options to action.

The first would be to assume if folks want to go to church they will. We have signs, they can find us.

The second is to be polite and caring. Go to them, be kind, get to know them and they invite them back to our comfort zone. In essence, back to our side of the bridge. Some may follow us back, but many will not as we are “essentially cutting them off from their networks of relationships with people far from God.”

The third is the best option in my book. This would be to cross the bridge into their world and dwell with them. Serve, pray and find out what church looks like among these folks. “Subsequently, it moves to starting new forms (fresh expression) of church among the people there–churches that spring up naturally, contextually, within that setting and among those particular people.”

In closing I will leave you with at quote from Winnie the Pooh, via A.A. Milne,

“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come see you. You have to go to them sometimes.”

I hope to see you across the bridge as we light the candle on this new expression of  Faith.

Suzanne Reeves – Lay Leader

 

Previous Postings for Lay Leader’s Corner:

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018