We've just spent a week with children and many helpers in Vacation Bible School. The Rolling River Rampage: Experience the Ride of a Lifetime has been very exciting.
The primary Scripture was from Isaiah 43:2a When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
We heard many beautiful stories about Jesus and how God was with people in many ways and in a variety of situations. We've had great fun and have learned a lot! All have been blessed. The joy and fun of the week is contagious. Hopefully, the Spirit of our Lord with us will continue to uplift us and carry us into exciting ministry ahead!
The Lord says, "I will be with you." God is always with us. The rest of the verse says: and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
Encouraging words, I think. It is an understatement to say that we have faced some challenges this year. I am encouraged by the prophet's word that God is with us all the time; Through our joys and sadness, through our health and sickness, through or seed planting and harvest, through our life celebrations and grief. Thank-you Lord.
So much of our experiences of Jesus are related to healing and growing. We will be experiencing a preaching series through the summer entitled "Healing Hands." We celebrate Jesus the great healer, teacher, and Savior. I am excited about the possibilities in this time together!
A couple of other thoughts to ponder: Annual Conference was a spiritual experience that had a sense of worship, prayer, considering questions like the original conferences were. One of the foci was Mission and Vision. The Florida Conference presented a fresh Mission and Vision. This make our fresh Mission and Vision very timely. Get ready to get busy fir Jesus!
Mission and Vision United Methodist Church The mission of the United Methodist Church is to make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Florida Conference Our Mission is "Equipping leaders to make disciples of Jesus for the transformation of communities across Florida and Beyond." Our Vision is to Cultivate Courageous Leadership; Missional Engagement; Spirit-Led Innovation #onmissiontogether Hernando UMC Our mission is to make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Our Vision is to be a Loving Community of Christ Followers Building the Kingdom and Making a Difference in the name of Jesus by Loving, Offering, Teaching, Serving. We do LOTS to Make A Difference in Jesus Name! #doingLOTS4Jesus
Future Ministry Decisions and moving ahead with open hearts, minds, along with grace and God's love. There will significant decisions made in the Special called General Conference 2019. We will have opportunity to be involved in Point Of View exercises as we pray about and discuss The Way Forward .
Please read our Delegate's report from Roxann McCormick for a nice summery of the Conference.
I will continue to preach Jesus and the transforming power of God's Love for all, along with how to live out a Christian life. Praying for a great summer. Amen.