Nancy and I are out of town this weekend, and I am very pleased that Connie Palmer will be preaching and leading the service. Rev. Iliff will be present to celebrate communion, and Kathryn Bager will be our Lay Reader. Kathryn and Connie work together as Confirmand and Mentor as part of this year’s Confirmation class.
A word about Su celebrating Communion. At the 2016 General Conference of the UMC, it was determined that, with the approval of the presiding Bishop, deacons would be allowed to celebrate the sacraments at the place of their appointment. Rev. Iliff recently received a letter from Bishop Schol, granting her permission to officiate at FUMC. So this Sunday will be Su’s first opportunity to celebrate Communion at FUMC.
Last Sunday was Consecration Sunday, and while the weather was terrible, a number of you showed up and offered your pledges for 2018. Others have mailed them in this week, and I thank everyone who has turned in their pledge cards so far. We are all stewards of the abundant gifts God has bestowed on us, and it is a privilege to share the gifts we have in service of God’s and Church. When God first called Abram (even before changing his name to Abraham) God said “I will bless you…so that you will be a blessing.” Like Abraham, we are blessed to be a blessing, and our pledges and commitments to the church are an important way that we can be a blessing.
If you have not returned your pledge card yet, I encourage you to do so – either by mailing it in, dropping it off in the church office, or by letting Lyn Walford know directly.
As Sunday is a Communion Sunday, you are encouraged to bring in extra food and personal items for the Food Pantry. Our Mission Offering will go to support the United Methodist Committee on Relief.
Also remember our “Every Person has a Story” faith formation class at 9:00 in the Fellowship Room. Dale Flowers will share some of his faith journey.
Stay dry on this cold and windy day, and know I hold you all in my prayers this weekend, and especially at church on Sunday when Connie preaches, Kathryn reads, and Rev. Iliff officiates.
With all hope and joy in believing, I am