Thirty-three days ago, I stood in front of our church for the first time and proclaimed possibility for Faith United Methodist Church. Since that first moment, the possibility among us has only increased (along with my love of this church!). It is so inspiring to hear about and see first-hand the good work that Faith is doing in our community. From the partnerships we have with Hickory Creek and McNair Elementary, to assisting people in need (PIN) that turn to this church, to serving breakfast to the homeless in downtown Denton, to fervently praying over our prayer requests, our church is regularly focused outside our walls to answer the question: “how can I love my neighbor today?”
I’ve been continuing to ask myself that a lot lately. How is it that we can expand our efforts to serve and love our neighbors so that everyone in our community experiences the love and grace that I already have in my time at Faith? I’ve learned a lot in asking these questions:
- Did you know that the teachers and staff at McNair serve a snack — that they purchase with their own money — to almost 50 students a day who are hungry?
- Did you know that we expect the Back to School Bash at Hickory Creek to be bigger than ever? We were able to order 300 backpacks for students to take to class with them!
- Did you know that 65 (!!!) youth and adults went on mission trips this summer to serve angels in our midst through JUMMP and UMARMY
Our church is full of opportunities to serve, and the list keeps growing!
I hope you will make the time to join us this Sunday for our annual Mission Sunday, where will we celebrate all the good work that our mission trips did this summer, and then next Sunday, August 12, for Bless the Backpacks and Family Worship as we start a new sermon series: A Future with Hope.
It is a joy and a privilege to be your pastor. I am humbled to serve with you.