This week a great number of delegates to the May General Conference are meeting in Nashville for a pre-conference briefing. I’m planning to schedule an information session led by some of our delegates later this Spring, so stay posted for more details on that in the weeks to come. Let us continue to keep the delegates, their work, our churches and our communities in prayer.
In the midst of all that seems uncertain about the future, I give thanks for the many ways you continue to look beyond the walls of the church with a spirit of service. You respond to the needs of our communities by offering shelter during freeze nights, volunteering at food pantries, providing services to refugees, and serving on Emergency Response Teams as many Texans continue to recover from Hurricane Harvey. In all that feels unknown, what I do know is that you continue to be the very Body of Christ in the world.
Mary Lou Kownacki is a Roman Catholic nun and author of several Christian books including A Monk in the Inner City. She wrote, “There isn’t anyone you couldn’t love once you’ve heard their story.” These words have remained with me as I consider all that is before us as a denomination. As we seek greater understanding about who God is calling us to be both within and beyond the walls of our churches, I pray we will be shaped by love.
Clergy and lay persons throughout the district are busy preparing for a day of inspiration and learning on Saturday February 1st as we deepen our missional work. Find more information in this newsletter and plan on coming and/or share this news with others in your small groups and Sunday school classes. That day our morning begins in the sanctuary at Oak Hill UMC as we hear a few stories from the mission field and celebrate holy communion before heading to breakout sessions. See you there!