It is a great time of year for Dallas sports! The Mavericks and the Stars are in the playoffs and the Rangers’ season is off and running. It’s also an exciting time in the life of our church. We’ve had an amazing start to 2016. We had another incredible Alpha group. We had 21 people go through the Spiritual Gifts workshop — which has led directly to new ministry opportunities and outreach into the community.
I am still feeling the energy and power of an amazing Holy Week and Easter celebration. And we followed that up by taking a risk to do something we’ve never done before as a whole church: we took our worship to the streets on Be the Church Sunday. It was great fun as a participant, but the true joy has been hearing the stories of how these simple, intentional acts of service impacted our community, how lives were touched and how we brought renewed hope in “church.”
This past Saturday, I had the honor of working alongside many of our faithful in doing some spring cleaning around the church. Then I headed up to Ryan High School to be part of Team Faith at Relay for Life. I love being the pastor of Faith! I love working alongside persons of great faith with servant hearts.
And as I look at my calendar, I know we are just getting started. The Men of Faith are hosting an opportunity to hear from two UM pastors (from North Texas) who have traveled to the Greek Isles to work on the Syrian refugee crisis. They will be sharing their story on April 30 — everyone is invited.
In May we will celebrate Mother’s Day, Confirmation Sunday, Membership Sunday, High School graduating seniors, and baptism. Our summer will be filled with summer camps for kids, Vacation Bible School, youth mission trips, the Summer Lunch program, a night at RoughRiders, a summer movie series and more.
I am also excited to share the good news that Faith UMC has been blessed once again through a special grant to welcome a Duke Divinity School Seminary intern. Jonathan Poarch will be with us for 12 weeks this summer, learning and serving full time on our staff. Jonathan is from Nebraska and is in the process of becoming a United Methodist pastor.
I know some of you will be traveling out of town for graduations, weddings, and vacations, but make plans to be part of putting Faith in Action over the next several months. Serve and participate in putting flesh on Jesus for children, youth, and adults in the church and in our community.
This Sunday, as we continue our sermon series "Confronting Fear," we will look at the fear of failure. I look forward to seeing you in worship — invite a friend to come with you. I encourage you all to take the shots God gives us to transform the world because "you’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take." (Wayne Gretzky)