Keep Praying

New World UMCPastor's Blog

I want to thank you for coming out to pray for our community this past Sunday. We had 45 participants including the children who walked around the church and those who prayed in the sanctuary. We prayed for over 100 homes in our community and met some of our neighbors. What a great way to let those around us know that God cares for them and we care about them. We also had a meaningful time of fellowship at a local restaurant and shared our experiences. I hope you will continue to be in prayer for our neighbors and for our congregation. I am grateful for your openness in allowing God’s Spirit to lead us beyond the walls of our … Read More

Time Out

New World UMCPastor's Blog

When my children were young and needed the occasional reminder that they had rules to follow, I would place them in “time out.” Sometimes this was helpful in correcting their behavior, sometimes not. But I still believe the time out was valuable. Time out gives time to calm down, time to re-think behavior and, allows breathing room for everyone. Time out can provide space for grace. Jesus said to his disciples in Mark 6:31, “Come away with me. Let us go alone to a quiet place and rest for a while.” The text says there were so many people coming and going that the disciples didn’t have time to eat. Jesus called them away, offering them a time out from … Read More

Let’s ROC

New World UMCPastor's Blog

Let’s ROC On Sunday, June 30th we are going to take a step of faith and ROC out! We will be Reaching Out for Christ as we prayer walk through the community. We will gather for a short worship service, and then head out to pray for our neighbors. As we walk through the neighborhood, we will pray for God to open our eyes and our hearts to the needs around us. I want to encourage your participation and ask that you begin praying right now. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide us, empower us and lead us to the people we are called to serve. Amazing things happen when God’s people pray! Sign up will begin this Sunday, June … Read More

Who Stole My Church Book Study

New World UMCPastor's Blog

Friends, I have two questions for you……. 1) Has your church been stolen? If the answer is yes, I want to invite you to attend our church-wide book study. The dates for this study are June 10th, 17th, and 24th, at 6:30 p.m. This study will be led by myself and Rev. Don Robinson. We will journey together through the book, “Who Stole My Church: What to Do When the Church You Love Tries to Enter the 21st Century,” by Gordon MacDonald. You can order the book online through Amazon (remember to use Amazon Smile and select New World as your charity) or purchase at a local bookstore. Gordon MacDonald has pastored for more than forty years in five different … Read More

Growing Pains

New World UMCPastor's Blog

Did you know that about forty percent of young children go through some form of growing pains? Although there is no specific evidence that growth hurts, parents are often confronted with this predicament. These pains affect even the healthiest children, which leads me to believe that pain is a normal part of the growing process. This is encouraging because I believe the pain we have been experiencing recently is an indication of growth. This means something good is happening. We are growing, and God is at work in the life of our church. Friends don’t be discouraged by the difficulty we are experiencing. It’s just growing pains. Now, there is no specific treatment for growing pains. Parents must work with … Read More