Good Friends, it is Friday, October 7, 2016. Upon your reading of this epistle, I am in the Lake Jackson area participating the Celebration of Life for a dear friend and child of God – Erma Wasek. I served the First United Methodist Church of Brazoria for six and one-half years (June 1997—December 2003). This is where I had the honor to get to know some great folks in a country church founded in circa 1834. The first plat of land was given to the church by the sister of Stephen F. Austin, whose grave is just a couple of miles from the church. (A tidbit of Texas history.)
Some might notice a few Knockout Rose bushes are missing from the north side of the sanctuary. Well, a virus of the worst kind has infected them, Rose Rosette (see the link below). Careful digging and disposal of the infected rose bushes helps minimize the spread of the virus. Winter annual plants will fill the area until spring, then more permanent plantings will be selected. Earth-Kind landscaping helps maintain moisture in the soil, weed control, minimizing the need for herbicides and promotes healthy soil for plant growth.
You heard me talk about the Healthy Church Initiative (HCI) in my last Frankly Speaking. What is needed for all of us to grow in the likeness of Christ and discipleship? To be spiritually healthy? More information forthcoming as received from the conference office about our participation in HCI.
There are many activities happening in the life of the church: Stewardship Campaign, Studies offered by Alex and myself, ACCESS, Church Conference (last night) and the upcoming Charge Conference on Monday, November 7, 6:00P.M. and a host of activities for children and youth (click on www.fumcd.com ). All require our prayers and participation. I thank you for your faithfulness.
All of us come to crossroads in our lives at various times. Oftentimes, the road ahead seems clear and free of uncertainty. The other road has many twists and turns, climbing and maneuvering downhill, with more uncertainty than knowns. The church, every church, comes to forks in the road regarding planning, staffing and programming, seeking to adhere to God’s plan. You have heard me say, “I do not know what the future holds but I know who holds the future.” I trust God. I invite you to do the same and invite others to join you.
Don’t forget that we have one service THIS SUNDAY@10:30am followed by a potluck lunch in Aldersgate! Bring your favorite dish to share!
Blessings from Brazoria, Texas (today),