Pastor’s Note – August 9, 2018

Schweitzer UMCPastor's Note

Matthew 19:14…But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1…For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven…”

Hi friends,

At Schweitzer, we believe in being in ministry with people, all people. Next week, our ministry with Pittman Elementary School begins its 10th year. The partnership began with a prompting from God that we were to be with the neighborhood, with the community. A new season of school is about to begin.

The Good News Club (GNC) is a major component of the partnership, led by Schweitzer servants, that includes tutoring and more. The GNC introduces kids to Jesus in a real and vital way. The children gain an understanding of the Bible stories, the truth that transforms us. The kids share their concerns and are prayed with, coupled with Scripture that gives encouragement. We’ve had children profess their faith. And, most certainly, there are songs and fun with learning!

Let’s be praying for the kids, teachers, Principal Laura, parents and Schweitzer servants who are the hands and feet of Jesus in this context—the public school. Specifically pray for a good response to Meet the Teacher on Monday, which the GNC servants will be supporting. Also, for the kids’ lives to be changed and that that they would learn how to use what is planted in them daily.

John Wesley, the Anglican priest who began the Methodist movement, believed the world was his parish. He was a practical theologian, believing Scripture was to be practiced, lived out with people. John, and followers of Jesus called Methodists, began health clinics and believed strongly in education. They operated a school for the kids of coal miners.

When our ministry began with Pittman, we did not assume we would be unwelcomed. We simply went into the neighborhood and asked how we could serve others. Principal Laura welcomed us and asked in return that we stay with them, to be a constant presence of love and encouragement; that was needed most. Isn’t that the truth!?

In The Message, the 14th verse of the Gospel John says, “the Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.” I’m proud of, and grateful for, the GNC servants who responded to God’s call and moved into the neighborhood too. God’s abiding presence lives in them and the kids are coming to Jesus. Thanks be to God!

Pastor Jim