June marks our “end of year” time for all our Lancaster United Methodist Church activities. For the
past few years we have been on a fiscal year for both church budgeting and programming.
Our last meeting of our “church year” is our annual meeting to elect officers. It will be Tuesday, June 24 @ 7pm. It’s called a “Charge Conference” in UMC lingo and it means that everyone is invited and all church members can vote on their leaders.
The Leadership & Nominations Committee will make its report and we’ll also vote on two clergy candidates in our congregation: Pastor Jason Woodell (appointed while still in school) and David Browning (at Asbury Theological School in Kentucky).
We will be considering our budget that will be based on all the “Estimates of Giving 2014-2015” that have been turned in.
(If you haven’t turned yours in yet, please do so a.s.a.p. There are extra cards in the church office, in the Grand Foyer and on our website. www.LancasterUnited.org)
You can also give electronically by direct withdrawal or one time giving from your bank account or on your credit card. (Also at www.LancasterUnited.org)
Our budget will be determined by how much you have been led by God to give to our dynamic and far reaching ministry.
• Over this last year we have seen growth in our leadership classes, our studies and Disciple Bible Study classes, our workshops and seminars.
We’ve had four “Five Alive” Sundays of working in our community, a faithful crew providing homeless meals twice a week every week of the year, a youth mission trip, Summer Camps, a Vacation Bible School, a growing Sunday School, a growing Footprints Christian Children’s Center , a dynamic Youth ministry, new groups such as the “Empty Nester Group” and “Chronic Pain Group” and a very active Seniors Ministry. (Whew!)
People have gathered for fellowship on Sundays and Supper club means. Funds have been sent across the nation and around the world to help women, children and youth in dire circumstances.
Many people have strengthened their faith, deepened their commitment to Christ and explored God in new and dynamic ways.
• Now we pause for a few weeks to pray and consider what God has in store for us in the next 12 months.
Our mission remains:
“To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”
Our vision expands that by describing us as:
“Moving into the future,
while honoring the past,
with small groups church wide,
supporting all families,
In 3-5 years we are called to make a difference in:
• Education: Christian & Public
• Poverty & Hunger
• Multicultural & Hispanic Ministries.
We are now 3 years into that vision and we’ve made great strides in the Education and Multicultural areas as well as fed 200-400 people per week.
• Recently we have been focussing on training all our leaders to be “small group minded” so that we can truly have “small groups church wide.”
To be small group minded is to recognize that we are most alive, vital and growing when we are in a small group.
Whether it’s a supper club, a class, a committee, a team/task force or a spiritual growth small group, we are cared for in a deeper, loving way in a small group than by anything else we do.
We learn more about Jesus Christ and the gospel. We encounter God in profound ways. We are held accountable for our faith.
By recent count, we have about 100 small groups of various types led by over 80 leaders. These include the UMWomen circles, the committees and teams, the classes and the choirs that our church supports.
Each of them could become a place of deep spiritual challenge and transformation. Each of them could become a time of nurture and caring as people face the difficulties of life. Each of them could be the place of revival and dynamic outreach into the community.
As you think about and pray for our church community over the next few months, please keep in mind this next year as the “year of the leader.”
If you have ever had any kind of leadership responsibility, whether in the church or in the world, or if you aspire to be a leader in God’s kingdom, open your heart to God’s calling. Examine your passions, your gifts and your graces.
Attend the Lay Servant School next August 9 & 16, and put your faith into action!
There are all sorts of exciting and powerful ways to be involved in God’s Kingdom, Christ loving ministry called the church.
There is always room for you as you discover a deeper meaning and commitment in your life.
What scripture has stayed with you this week?
What have others learned about Jesus Christ through of you?
How goes it with your soul?
Grace and Peace,