October 23, 2019

This past Sunday, October 20, was our Commitment Sunday. I want to personally thank everyone who brought or mailed in your cards stating your commitment to support the work, the ministry, the mission, and the outreach of First UMC. It definitely does take all of us be willing to do our part. God has entrusted this ministry to our care. We are called to love God through providing vibrant worship that praises and honors God. We are called to love one another by developing vital friendships and offering opportunities for us to grow in our faith and our care for one another. We are called to love our neighbor, and we do that through our many missional opportunities. All these are made possible as a result of your commitment to give generously of your time and financial gifts.

If you have not sent in your commitment card, please do so. There is much we want to do in the year ahead, but we need to have the support of your time, talent, and treasure to do so.

This week, I will be preaching at Barrington UMC. As part of our multisite ministry, we occasionally rotate preaching locations. Rev. Fred Eisenhut will be preaching here. We are also launching a new sermon series: Imperfect Saints. Rev. Eisenhut will be preaching on Thomas Merton and asking us to consider: “Who Is Your Saint?”

I also want to encourage you to attend our new Sunday morning Adult Faith Formation Class led by Tom Miller and Pr. Wendy. We are currently studying the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church. Our denomination has clear and strong positions on many of the issues currently under debate. If there is a particular issue you would like us to discuss, please let us know. While we may not all agree with the official position of the UMC, it is important for us to know what those are. Our faith should inform the way we shape the world around us.

Together we are the church, and together we strive to love God, one another, and our neighbors.

Your Partner in Ministry,

Pastor Wendy