Acushnet-Wesley United Methodist Church
Monday, December 10, 2018
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Pastor's Message

 

 

November 2018

 

 

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-

control.” - Galatians 5:

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

 

"Offer them Christ, Thomas." These words are said to have been John Wesley's last words to Thomas Coke as he

stood on the pier, sending Coke off in mission to America. As part of that mission, Thomas Coke was to ordain

Francis Asbury and others into ministry. These faithful missionaries, Coke and Asbury, did just that: they offered

Christ, resulting in a blazing spirit of the revival that led to the establishment of the Methodist Church in America.

What enabled this revival was the laity, empowered and equipped to go out and bring Christ to the people.


You,the laity, are still a most important force, working in partnership with clergy, in the church today. It is

through you that AWUMC offers hospitality and consequently offers Christ to all. We do this through the process of

discipleship:

• Hospitality—We go into the world in outreach and mission, offering hope through proclamation of

the gospel, seeking, welcoming, and gathering.

• Offer Christ—We provide opportunities for people to commit

their lives to God through baptism by water and Spirit and profession of faith.

• Purpose—We nurture people in


Christian living to help them find a true sense of purpose in life, as they learn what it means to live out their

beliefs through acts of piety and acts of mercy, Christian conferencing, and regular participation in the sacrament

of Holy Communion and other means of grace. As we enter into the season of Thanksgiving and Advent it is natural

that we think about exactly what we are grateful for. We all have an abundance of blessings, even if we struggle

and have problems. We have God through Christ and we have each other. If you know of anyone who could use a

Thanksgiving basket please let Joan Dextraze and Janet Perron know ASAP. Also, Community Outreach has funds

available for those in need. Good to keep these resources in mind.


This season also reminds us of how important generosity is. Generosity is an “outward and visible sign of our inner

personal relationship with God”. It is infinitely helpful in putting together the church budget for 2019 if the

finance committee has some idea of what the church’s resources might be for the coming year. So please pray

about it and pray about what wonderful programming we could have if everyone pledged this year. Things like

developing programs to interest young families and youth and grow the church. Things like increasing our outreach

into the community and inspiring others to attend worship. Things like developing a more contemporary music

ministry. The possibilities are as great as your hopes and dreams and your generosity. So please fill out the pledge

card (included below) and return it by November 18th.


Thank you and blessings, Pastor Kathy