First Bob and I want to thank the servants of our high God who brought God’s message the two Sundays we were away, taught Bible study on Wednesday nights, kept the church office running smoothly, cared for our plants, our precious Barney, moved our car and manicured our yard while we were on vacation. Also, I am so thankful for each of you who offered love and special congregational care to our brothers and sisters in Christ through your personal calls and loving care while we were away.
The United Methodist Church has a four-week vacation requirement for each appointed clergy. The truth is—it is so hard for me to step away for those weeks from July to July (the clergy appointed year) because of how very precious each of you are to me. I love being your pastor and serving the Lord right where I have been planted.
As Bob and I enjoyed this 50th anniversary trip to visit our niece and her husband in Naples, Italy, and as I shared in worship, not only were Bob and I thanking God for you, but your prayers for us were blessings that overflowed into God’s mighty hands of protection. One of my treasured memories from our trip, was as we walked to the Fountain of Trevi in the early morning. It was so striking as we breathed in the beauty of the light playing on the marble carvings and cascading water. As we stood gazing, we observed three young women sitting one at time at the wall surrounding the fountain in a posture of prayer. They wanted a memory of their praying captured on camera. Through the simple beauty of their bowing in prayer, God spoke words of renewal and love to my heart, mind and spirit. It truly was a beautiful day in the neighborhood.
From her book entitled The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers, which I read during our 11-hour flight, Amy Hollingsworth, shares spiritual jewels of wisdom from Rev. Fred Rogers. Mister Rogers Neighborhood was part of children growing up in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. Fred Rogers told Amy: “When I walk into that studio door each day, I say, ‘Dear God, let some word that I speak and is heard be Yours’.” Within our community of faith, our neighborhoods and areas of influence, people hunger for a kind and encouraging word from you as Christ’s representatives in the world. They need someone to hear them when they share. Let Mister Rogers simple prayer guide your speaking and your listening. IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD!
Our Lord wants to accomplish mighty things through His people at Lake Panasoffkee United Methodist Church. Each Sunday, God has a message just for you. Our Bible studies both on Sunday and Wednesday have been prayerfully chosen to renew our passion for God and to experience miraculous transformation of our hearts, minds and spirits. Jeremiah 29:13 reminds us, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” O GOD, SPLIT THE HEAVENS AND COME DOWN! MANIFEST YOURSELF SOMEHOW. DO WHAT ONLY YOU CAN DO.
IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. NOW, GO OUT AND SHARE GOD’S LOVE
Serving you with God’s Love,