Pastor’s Note – May 23, 2019

Schweitzer UMCPastor's Note

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)

Hi friends,

I hope you’re well today. It’s the morning after a stormy night. Many people in the Ozarks and Missouri are suffering the effects of tornadoes and flooding. Let’s carry their burdens in our prayers today. And, if we have the opportunity, lend a hand, doing all the good we can.

Spring is a dynamic time and this includes at Schweitzer too. God is good, always creating and bringing new life, new places, and new faces with us. And we celebrate what God is doing, has done. While we look forward, we remember well, too!

We are indebted to the excellent leadership our transition team is providing as we are preparing to say goodbye to Bob and welcome Spencer. We give thanks for every member of the team led so capably by Wil Cologna. We’re grateful to—Wayne Thompson, Mary Ann Wood, Christine Slayden, Linda Harper, Gerry Lee, Bob Lunn, Mary Decker, KJ Roelke, Taylor Likes, Wil Cologna.

Speaking of new places and faces, I continue to plan and prepare for a sabbatical (aka spiritual renewal leave) beginning June 1. Many new, refreshing experiences are ahead. While I’m away, Bob Lunn will lead our pastoral care team. Bob is a dear friend, gifted colleague and leader, a very caring minister. Bob and Alice serve Schweitzer in many capacities, and we’re thankful!

We’re also grateful for, and excited to celebrate, Deanna Gorden’s ministry. Deanna has served God through Schweitzer for decades. As she steps down from leading our hospitality team in the coming weeks, we look forward to celebrating her ministry on June 30th. More details to come. I’m deeply thankful for Deanna, a dear friend and co-minister, as we have traveled many roads together. As she enters a new season, we’ll continue to have her presence with us through Vacation Bible School and more. Thanks, God!

These are dynamic seasons, so much to be thankful for and celebrate. We’re fully alive, the Holy Spirit with us!

As Paul ends his letter to the people of Galatia (Turkey), us too, he offers these words Jesus’ followers “…bear each other’s burdens…let us do good to all people…what counts is a new creation.” Pray for those who suffer today, celebrate and share God’s goodness, and live in the assurance that all things are being made new. The Living God is with us!

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, friends!

Jim