Answering the Call

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The life of discipleship is all about answering the call. We first answer this call when we start our journey of faith. The life of any disciple begins when we first answer the call of Jesus, to come and follow him. As we live our life of discipleship, we answer the call time and time again. I was baptized as a baby, but I answered the call to follow Jesus during confirmation. As a pastor, I also answered a different kind of call, a call to ministry. Answering this call meant going to seminary and going through the process of ordination in The United Methodist Church. Time and time again, as a pastor, I have answered many calls. Calls for … Read More

Leadership Institute

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From September 26th till the 28th, I was blessed to attend the Leadership Institute at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City. It was an added blessing to be able to take a portion of oar church staff. Melanie Schroder (Church Secretary) and Summer DeLavan (Children’s Director & Wee Care) were also able to make the trip. The trip was well worth it. We had a great time, and we learned a lot that will hopefully help our church and its ministries. Two years ago, I went to The Leadership Institute with the staff from FUMC Decatur, and I thought that it was one of the best ministry conferences that I have ever attended. I was wanting … Read More

Hassle or God Thing?

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Last weekend, the “Check engine” light came on in Laura’s car. Big hassle, right? It always a big ordeal to take your car in for service or to call a plumber or electrician for your house. While I am very grateful to all of those who “Come and save the day,” I don’t really know anyone who looks forward to taking your car in for service. (If you do, I can connect you with a good counselor) So, Laura took the car in and the diagnostics told us that the gas cap wasn’t sealing correctly. When they looked at it, they found that the seal had been warped slightly. It was caused by someone screwing the cap on while the … Read More

E-News Post

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Good Day Church Family,  This Sunday is going to be a busy but fun day in the life of the church, so I hope that you are making plans to be here. First, we have our usual schedule for Sunday School and Worship at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. receptively. After worship, at 11:00 a.m. we will have our All Church Thanksgiving Lunch in the Gym. The church will be providing the meat and bread. Everyone else is encouraged to bring a side, salad, or dessert to share. Then, at 3:00 p.m. we will have our annual Charge Conference at FUMC Gainsville. This is the annual business meeting for the church, and we are once again clustering with other churches … Read More

Looking Towards Annual Conference

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When I first began in the ministry, one of my mentor pastors told me how big of an ordeal going to Annual Conference was. Back when he started in the ministry, everyone lived in a furnished parsonage, so you would leave for Annual Conference not knowing if you were coming back. He said that every year you would pack up your personal belongings and clothes and head to wherever Annual Conference was being held. Then, when the appointments were read, you found out if you were coming back or if you were going to another church. Luckily, it isn’t like that anymore. Even though it isn’t as big of an ordeal as in the past, I still look forward to … Read More