On this past Sunday, the first Sunday after Easter, I asked folks to write down any questions they had regarding the resurrection, Jesus, or God. I have received several questions and now I can say this much: folks have questions, and folks have faith. That is a remarkable place to live in.
As I sit at my desk on this first Monday morning in July, I am thinking of what lies ahead for us this summer. For many, it is a time of vaca-tions to the shore/beach or to the mountains/deserts. For some, travel to extended family in different cities/states is on the radar.
For most, it is a time when we soak in the sun, perhaps swimming and headed to the park for a picnic and barbecue.
Later this week, our country will celebrate its 243rd birthday on July 4th. Many of us will be watching the fireworks later in the evening and by the end if of it all, we will have ooohed and aaahed ourselves breathless.
Whatever lies ahead for you this summer, know that Glenmoore UMC is part of your world. We look forward to an exciting summer of worship and music, hav-ing just finished up our Vacation Bible School and its focus on the question “Who Is Our Neighbor”. The children who participated had a grand time, hear-ing bible stories, singing songs and making crafts. Some of the drama’s pro-duced during the week, had Oscar hopefuls, I believe! 😊
In worship, we’ll be extending the VBS theme in our 4-week series on “Loving God and Neighbor”. I hope you all will be part of this interesting journey as we follow Jesus in the Gospel of Luke starting with that wonderful parable, The Good Samaritan, and continuing with the story of Mary and Martha, followed by Jesus’ teaching on prayer and ending with the story about the rich man who wanted to possess more.
On the last two Wednesday’s of July and first two Wednesday’s of August, Pas-tor Shauna Ridge from Thorndale UMC and myself, will be leading a bible study in Caln Park, using the stories of Elijah and Elisha as our foundation in finding Hope For Hard Times. This book of the same title by Magrey deVega, a United Methodist pastor and author, will be used as well. I hope you’ll consider joining us for food, fellowship and bible study beginning at 6pm in Caln Township Park.
In this month of July, we will also celebrate the life of Glen Moore United Methodist Church whose long and storied journey has lasted across generations. July 28th will be Heritage Sunday as we look back at the impact this church has had on the community and look forward to where God is leading us to be His hands and feet in this community. In the 19th century, a group of Methodists, who were worshiping at Springton Methodist Episcopal Church, meeting a little south of our current location on Creek Road, came together to look for a new site for the worship of God. Purchasing the current site, the cornerstone was laid July 25, 1873 and subsequently a church was built and dedicated on December 28th, 1873. Our journey points forward but we also remember from where we have come. Please join us this summer as we worship and sing to the glory of God for all He has done and continues to do in the life of Glenmoore United Methodist Church.