It is September, school is in and parents are filled with joy! As I sit and meditate what to write to you, God says tell them: The Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church is a very special church to me. But we are not like an island in the sea. We are connected to ALL in God’s great kingdom. God is aware of our need more surely than we are. God is faithful and will supply our need. There is no lack in God’s willingness or ability to bless Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church.<!–split–>
We are called to a season of reflection and prayer. The mission of “Inviting and Welcoming so everyone experiences and shares the amazing love of God though Jesus Christ” remains in full focus. Our desire to make an impact on Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church and surrounding communities continues on.
Pray for your church. Serve your church. Read your Bible. Be in unity and be a part of what God is doing! For God says, “I am about to do a brand new thing…” (Isaiah 43:19) NLT!
I was reading a Christian magazine the other day and would like to share the following portion:
“In every step, in every stride, I will let the Savior be my guide! His word, His love, I will embrace and let His wisdom set the pace. We must feed on the bread of life ourselves before we can serve it to others. When the Bible speaks, discussion is useless; when the Bible is silent, discussion ends.<!–split–>
Therefore, study the Bible to be wise, believe it to be safe, practice it to be holy. Life is full of misleading, wrong voices, wrong directions and human wills. If that is the case, then we need to be extremely careful to what kind of voice we hear. We must also make sure that we follow correctly and strictly God’s command to our lives.”
Friends, as you all know the last half of June and so far, the month of July has been full of uncertainties for me, but by holding to God’s unchanging Hand it is all working out. Life and future are precious therefore handle them with prayers. Thank you all for your concern and most of all your prayers!
Remain blessed of the Lord.
Just a note, please mark your calendar:
The Charge Conference will be held November 30, 2014 at 3:00 pm at the East Moline Christ Church. More details to follow later. Thanks.
2014 Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference
The Illinois Great Rivers 2014 Conference met June 4-7, 2014 at the Peoria Civic Center. The Rev. John Wesley, founder of Methodism instituted the means of grace and Holy or Christian conferencing was one of the means of grace set forth. <!–split–>
The purpose of the annual conference is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by equipping its local churches for ministry and by providing a connection for ministry beyond the local church. The annual conference consists of clergy and lay members. Clergy membership consists of deacons and elders in full connection, provisional members, associates members, affiliate members and local pastors under full-time and part-time appointment to a pastoral charge.
According to the UM Book of Discipline, the lay membership of the annual conference consists of professing members elected by the charge, diaconal ministers, deaconesses, home missioners, the conference president of United Methodist Women, the conference president of United Methodist Men, the conference lay leader, district lay leaders, the conference scouting coordinator, the president of the conference young adult organization, the conference youth organization, the chair of the annual conference college student organization, one young person between the ages of 18 and 30 from each district and one young person between the ages of 12 and 17 from each district.
The annual conference is the basic unit of the connectional system and refers both to a yearly meeting of its members as well as the organizational structure that equips local congregations to do its ministries and provide a connection beyond the local church.
On Tuesday Rev. Flo and Rev. Julie taught a Sexual Ethics class to a group of new incoming pastors.
Grace, Peace (and Joy)