First United Methodist Church Westfield

Saturday Message

Posted by on Feb 10, 2018

Dear Friends,

I trust that you received a letter in the mail this week about our Stewardship Campaign for 2018. Ordinarily this is something we do in the fall, but both Chuck Sheffield (the Chair of our Finance Committee) and I had surgery which put us both out of commission for a number of weeks.

You will receive a Stewardship mailing at the end of this week or early the following week. In this packet, you will find a second letter with more ministry opportunities and challenges, more budget information, and a pledge card. Commitment Sunday is February 25, so between now and then I urge you to talk with family members about your hopes for the church, reflect on the ministry, challenges and opportunities at FUMC, and then in prayer to ask God for guidance as you consider your pledge to FUMC for 2018.

OK, on to tomorrow’s service.

Tomorrow we will baptize Cole Imhoff, infant son of Kevin and Ashley Imhoff. Owen is Cole’s big brother. While Jesus’ transfiguration on the mountaintop is the lectionary passage assigned for the day, we are going to focus on baptism — on Cole’s baptism, to be sure, but on our own baptism, and the place of baptism in the Church.

Our Scripture passage is Mark 1:4-5, 9-11, Marks version on Jesus’ baptism. Our other passage for the day is Isaiah 43:1-7. Hymns are How Firm a Foundation, Baptized in Water, and We Know That Christ Is Raised.

Carolyn Milhiser is Sunday’s Lay Reader.

The Faith Development class will keep with the theme of baptism, and will use the Mark passage as our starting point for our conversation. You may want to think a bit about your baptism, or that of your children, or ones you have seen elsewhere. We’ll meet at 9:00 in the Fellowship Room.

Remember that Grocery Gift Cards will be available on Sunday.

Also remember that this coming Wednesday is Ash Wednesday. We will have a children and family service at 6:00 p.m., a simple soup supper at 6:30, and traditional Ash Wednesday service at 7:30.

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday, as we reflect on the baptism and welcome Cole Imhoff into Christ’s Church through the sacrament of baptism.

With all good wishes for the day, and with

All hope and joy in believing,

David