Happy September! There's lots going on in the life of our church this month. We are having our annual car show and neighborhood party 9/10/17, as well as so many other things listed on our calendar. And mark your calendars! We are hosting the Annual Charge Conference (all-church meeting) at 6p.m. here at the church 10/1/17. This year we are hosting the other United Methodist Churches in Independence so come join us! There will be a reception beforehand, and the opportunity to visit with other Methodists and meet the Heartland District leadership.
We invite you to participate in an initiative called Praying our Way Forward. As many of you are aware, our United Methodist Church stands in a place where there are complex questions begging for answers. Here is an excerpt from the letter we've received from the Council of Bishops explaining what is going on:
"The Council of Bishop’s Commission on the Way Forward seeks to explore the potential future of our denomination in light of General Conference and subsequent annual, jurisdictional and central conference actions. Although we may differ in our opinions on a variety of social, political and theological concerns, the people of the United Methodist Church have also agreed in the power of prayer. We want our Church, and the Commission on the Way Forward, to be grounded in prayer. The Praying our Way Forward initiative invites the whole Church in the work of immersing the Commission’s efforts in prayer.
The Missouri Annual Conference has identified the week of September 17-23 to come together in prayer. We invite each of you for that purpose. A number of resources for this initiative have been developed and can be found at www.moumethodist.org/prayingourwayforward.
In particular, we invite you to identify an hour (or two) during this week to set aside in dedicated prayer for this purpose. Our prayer focus is two-fold: We are praying that God will help us to fulfill the mission of the church, and we are praying to be one in Christ.
In addition, we invite you into a daily and weekly practice of prayer for the future of our Church:
- Pray daily in our effectiveness in reaching our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
- Pray daily for the work of the Commission on the Way Forward.
- And, lastly, as you are able, consider a weekly fast for our Church’s future and mission.
Thank you for offering your time and your prayers to this initiative! If there is ever a place where we can be one, surely it is the place where we meet God in prayer. We look forward to joining your prayers with ours as we look to our future with hope.
Bishop Fritz Mutti, retired
Rev. Cody Collier, Special Assistant to the Bishop for Leadership Development
Rev. Kim Jenne, Director of Connectional Ministries"
In short, I can't say it any better-- please hold this church in prayer, and support us with your tithes, talents, service and witness.
Rev. Sarah S. Wimberley