A Word from the Pastor: July 2020

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Happy Fourth of July!

We will be having a Potluck Barbecue at the Parsonage for a “Meet and Greet” on July 5th…2021?????

What a weird time for all of us. I never imagined I would be appointed to a new congregation and NOT have a “Meet and Greet.” I look forward to getting to know a new congregation all summer. I get to hear their stories and they get to hear mine. I get to eat their yummy food and they get to lie and say my food is good. I love hearing about the history of the church and the dreams for the future. In fact, I depend upon these first few gatherings to hopefully build trust and relationships. So now what? If we cannot rely upon “tried and true” ways of being church, what can we rely upon?

Intentionality!

Being intentional about sharing our stories, learning from one another, growing in trust, and dreaming together is our best plan. We will get to know one another if we are willing to try something new and commit to seeing it through. Have you ever set out to do something like write a letter to friend, lose weight, finish a project or even just wash the car, and end up just not getting it done? I cannot count the times I was gonna but I didn’t then banked on having good intentions to be forgiven.

Good intentions is not the same as intentionality. Good intentions means my heart is in the right place but intentionality means my will is in the right place. If you look up intent or intentional in the dictionary, you will find words like determined, fixed, resolved, committed, purposeful. None of these are about how they make us feel; they are about how they make us act. When everything seems upside down and out of our control, being intentional about being church might just bring us the hope and encouragement we need.

Do not fear for I am with you. Do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

God has encouraged me through many seasons of my life that have seemed impossible to endure; BUT, my restored spirit required me to work with God even when my heart was not into it. As God and I labored together, I experienced life in new and inspiring ways because I relied on God’s will over my weary heart.

God intentionally brought forth creation, redeemed an enslaved people, inspire a great nation, gathered a fool-hearted people and brought life out of death. With great intent, Jesus looked to his disciples and said, “Go and make believers of people of every age, race, and nation by teaching them and loving them as I was determined to do with you.”

When we push through Good Intentions to Intentionality, we work with God to bring faith, hope and love to the ends of the earth. May we be so blest to participate in God’s plan of salvation for all the world.

Commit your work to the Lord and your plan will be established. Proverbs 16:3

Pastor Carol

P.S. We will have a “blow out” potluck celebration at the parsonage as soon as we endure the days of social distancing.

I can be reached at the following email: [email protected].

I am in the process acquiring a new cell number and I will send it out as soon as I can.

Pastor Veronica and Pastor Carol

Pastor Veronica esteemed me by passing to me the mantle of leading and loving you. I promise I will lead you, disappoint you, irritate, and overwhelm you. But above all, I will love you. I have prayed for just such a community to lead. God has honored me with you.