From the Pastor

As 2022 wraps up I do pray that your reflection of this past year shows you spiritual growth. For our church we have once again followed our Lord to the best of our abilities. You have responded well to Jesus’ call fellow disciples. I am proud of you, and humbled to be your pastor. In Paul’s letter to the Christians in Ephesus (Ephesians chapter 1) he says it is God’s Good Pleasure to make us aware of God’s presence in our world. I get stuck (in a good way) on that phrase “good pleasure.” I picture a parent lovingly teaching a child, which I attempt to emulate the best I can to my children and to share with all of you.   The image of God smiling, sharing our struggles and joys, being a good listener-because it is God’s good pleasure to do so, reframes God into such a loving and caring Savior.

       This loving Savior calls us to come join the journey. Jesus called fisherman to be healers and a tax collector to become a “bread distribution coordinator.” God is still speaking, still asking us to come along for the trip. God is still asking us to try things we have never tried, speak words of love to those we have never even talked to before, or seeing the people closest to us in new ways. I hope 2023 is a year of hearing God’s call for our church and of responding as faithfully as we can. May God bless you mightily in 2023, and may God bless our community THROUGH you.

                              Pastor Dave

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