As we start the new year of 2023, it is a good time to think about planning and implementing a program of nurture, outreach, and witness. This work is extremely important to our church, our community, and our world. Much of the divisiveness we see today really stems from a sense of hopelessness. Hope is what the United Methodist Church at large, and First Church specifically are made for.
In preparing for the upcoming year, as I’ve talked to several church leaders, each have had very different views of our church. Like the parable of the blind men encountering an elephant ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blind_men_and_an_elephant ) everyone has a part of the truth. I am asking that one of our initiatives for the year will be to work on the fundamentals of communication. Good, accessible communication will tend to the vine of our church; to strengthen and sustain it, so that it can support the generous blessings the Lord has in store for us! Each of us is called to help in our mission and to look for opportunities to get involved.
Chair of Church Council