Epistle Article October 27, 2013

You know the old maxim: “The only thing you can count on is death and taxes.”  Death and Taxes–I want to add a third constant to our life – Change.  Our Church is a perfect example this past year.  There have been so many changes that it is hard to know where to begin.  We experienced a pastoral change.  We have updated our facilities with new doors, parking lot striping and additional lighting, among other improvements.  We have purchased a new Church bus.  We have worked to strengthen our youth and children’s ministries, and managed some significant employee changes along the way.  We see new faces as we work and worship together.  Your response to all this has been one of support and gratitude.  Still, change is never easy.  It is always difficult.

Jeremiah 29:11 provides a good word about change: ‘“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and future.”’  When we think of change we should think of it in terms of God’s plan for us which is one full of hope.

In the coming weeks we will share our 2014 Stewardship Campaign.  You will hear witness from some of your Church members on Christian stewardship.  How we utilize the resources entrusted to us is part of the plan that God has made for us.  Those plans forecast change, but it is change that will prosper our Church and bring no harm to its people.

As in the past, all of us will receive a card on which to estimate our giving to St. Paul’s for 2014.  Please prayerfully consider your tithe (10% of your earnings) or pledge to your Church in the coming year.  Thanksgiving Sunday for St. Paul’s United Methodist Church is November 17th.  At that time, we ask you to return your card.  Of course, you may also return it to the Church office at any time.

I look forward to another year with you…one full of God’s blessings and one filled with our grateful response.


Grace and Peace,