Happy New Year! It’s time to reset after the holidays. Perhaps you’ve made some resolutions. Perhaps you’re thinking of what lies ahead. Our church is certainly doing the latter. Many of our leaders have committed to a series of meetings in order to examine where and how God is calling us forward as a faith community. It’s an exciting time of self-examination, because although we learn from our past, we are not defined by it. We enter into the process knowing that the Lord has plans for our good and that God’s mercies are new every morning. We will do well to remember that the change we desire and envision does not happen overnight. It is a process that occurs over time with God working in and among us. We must be wary of giving up on ministries and missions, while at the same time have insight about when it is time to change course.
As we open ourselves this new year to trust in God’s plan for the future, we do so with a conviction that the Lord will lead us to accomplish it. We come to this conviction through experience: 2018 marks 100 years of PUMC honoring God with our commitments and leaning on the everlasting arms. Join us in embracing what lies ahead.
With hope and anticipation in Christ,
“For surely I know the plans I have for you,
says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to
give you a future with hope.”