Happy New Year!

As the world tries to tell us Christmas is over, remember: January 6 is Epiphany (or Three Kings Day) so the Christmas celebration continues!  However, time does move on, as do the Seasons of the Church, because in six weeks it will be Ash Wednesday and Lent will begin.

It has been a great Christmas season of worship and mission.  We fed over 100 people between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  We provided Christmas gifts with the help of Solomon’s Masonic Lodge to over 30 kids and their families.  We continued to provide diapers and wipes through the Hungry Baby Mission and contributed to the United Methodist Board of Childcare through the Christmas Stocking Program.  UMW provided gifts and supplies to survivors of human trafficking through Howard County AGAST.  Combined Christmas Eve worship was over 140 and the Sunday after Christmas wasn’t too bad either.

On Sunday we begin a new sermon series entitled Get Fit!  Pretty appropriate for the New Year and considering your Pastor’s past career.  But this series is not limited to just the physical in fact this Sunday we are going to talk about getting Spiritually Fit followed by getting Financially Fit, then Physically Fit, and finally Relationally Fit.

Getting Fit Spiritually, Financially, Physically and Relationally is the perfect plan for the start of the new year especially since I believe our parish is sitting right on the edge of our next big growth step.  We have achieved a great mission ministry and now we need to grow ourselves and each other in all four of these fitness areas before we can jump to the next level of being the church of Jesus Christ.

Spiritual Fitness or, as John Wesley called it, Discipline is essential to growing every other aspect of our lives.  When we grow spiritually our finances, self-image, and personal, family, church and community relations will also grow.  Make a resolution that THIS year you will read The Bible and join at least one study (not one day, one study) before June.

January 24 is leadership training night for the parish and will be held at Wesley Chapel, 6pm to 7:30pm.  This is required for all elected church leaders and is recommended for anyone interested in learning the leadership ministries and various opportunities in the church.

THIS SUNDAY is the Open House sponsored by the Pastor and Janet as a thank you for all the ministry support we have shared in the last year.  Oh yea and of course to continue the Christmas season all the way to Epiphany.  Please join us for at least a part of the time and bring your appetite!  1pm to 4pm.  Good news or bad news, depending on your view, there will be at least one wild game recipe.

See you at church!



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