From Pastor Jeanette
While this is being written, we are still feeling the summer heat. By that time
you read this, we should be feeling the comfort of fall. We are in the meantime of changing seasons…from summer to fall. The indecisiveness of what to wear, getting back into the busy-ness of school, sports, and hopefully church. We are also in the meantime of God’s creation. We already know what God has done, but we have not experienced all of God’s plan. We do not know what God wants to do. We are in the middle, in the middle of creation, the middle of God’s plan. We experience the apathy of our culture and we are called to stand firm, stand tall. As Paul says, we are to live a life worthy of the gospel. What does that look like? As much as I believe God is everywhere, I believe it is important to be in church. We need the fellowship of one another; we need to hear the prayer requests. We need to support one another as the Christian family trying our best to live a life worthy of the gospel. Let’s face it, if we are not in church with some regularity, we are going to miss a few things, and it is very easy to forget about church all together. We will miss the excitement of our children who love coming to church and participating in worship. It is good to see things through their eyes; hope, possibility, love. We miss seeing those friends who supported us through good and bad times. We miss seeing our older members, faithful in service and in giving, who are steadfast in living a life worthy of the gospel.
We do need each other. We are one human family, born for community, not for isolation. We can do more together than apart. If we are not focused on living the life worthy of the gospel, including coming to church, who will God call to complete God’s plan for all of humanity?
Church conference is Saturday, November 4, 2017 at St. Peter’s in Ocean
City. All are invited to attend; the following folks need to attend: Lay Leader, Mike Duvall; SPRC chair, Marge Wunder; Council Chair, Larry Notch; Trustee Chair, Gil Ewing; Finance Chair, Dave Chapman; Council Secretary, Jane Elwell. We need to have you there to vote on the pastor’s salary, report on the work of the trustees, and report on the financial health of the congregation. Saturday, November 4, 2017, arrive at 8:45 a.m., conference will be at 9:00 a.m. Worship with Bishop Wil Willimon is from 10:00 a.m. To 11:30 a.m. Bishop Willimon is a preacher you will not want to miss!
Please submit your reports to Pastor Jeanette at email@example.com. I will compile them and have them available via email and on Sunday morning prior to the scheduled meeting. Let us get into the habit of faithful reporting of what we’ve accomplished so that our meeting time is focused on what we plan to do. Our next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, October 10, please have your reports emailed to pastor by October 5.
If we need to call a meeting to
approve any church business, we will do so after worship on a Sunday morning.
May the peace and love of God surround you always.
Rev. Jeanette M. Block
Cape May United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 472 – 635 Washington Street
Cape May, New Jersey 08204