“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:15)
It is with joy in my heart that I join you this summer at Pasadena UMC. As we worship and serve together, I look forward to getting to know each of you and our community in the ensuing months. The Staff-Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) is organizing time for conversation at various meet-the-pastor gatherings, so please consider signing up for one of them as well. The gatherings will be informal and offer an opportunity for us to get to know one another. I want to hear about the ways in which you—as individuals and a church—share your hope in Christ and listen for the way in which God is leading us in this new season.
I can already see examples of the ways in which God is at work. Some of our youth and adults are going to Camp Hope to join in hands-on, mission work. Others are gearing up for Vacation Bible School (VBS) the first week in August. Still others are sharing their gifts in worship and tending to the business of the church. And in the midst of all the change and activity taking place in and through our faith community, God continues to open a door for us to share our faith God challenges us to share it whenever the opportunity arises—not just at church or on mission trips. What an appropriate reminder this is to keep our focus on what is important in life.
Summer is here and so is a new season for congregation. We have been drawn together to love and serve the Lord, and I am excited to be doing so at Pasadena United Methodist Church.
Yours in Christ,