From the Pastor’s Pen
The word scuttlebutt came to mind when I reflect on different conversations about possible effects that might come out of the Council of Bishops recommendation to the special session of General Conference that will be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis.
In an effort to provide background and clarity to what has been a lengthy and strenuous process, a pastoral letter from Bishop Park is included in this issue of The Messenger. Please read it several times – mull over it prayerfully – try to discern what the Holy Spirit is saying to the United Methodist Church as it makes every effort to fulfill its mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
We are a diverse lot! As your pastor it is my heart’s desire that God’s love helps us be respectful and compassionate toward others who have different understandings of the Scriptures. Read Romans 12:9-21. Key phrases include: Verse 9 – Let love be genuine, and, Verse 18 – If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
Again, please read Bishop Park’s letter, be informed and especially, be in prayer. The mission of the church is yet alive and requires our attention. Do not be afraid. God will lead us in a way forward!
God bless you and your family!
Pastor Lee Ellenberger