From Our Pastor

Covenant Renewal

Posted 1 March, 2018 by Pastor Keith Ritchie

We offer our congratulations to Maegan and Brandon Mitchell - their daughter was born on February 28th, at 7:30pm. She checked in at 7 lbs. 6 oz., 20.5 inches long. We are grateful to say all are well, and we keep Maegan and family in prayer in this exciting time!

I have shared with you for several weeks information about the Covenant Renewal Service in which we share this Sunday. I am grateful finally to share in this service, and know this will be a powerful and inspiring service. It is a service of worship especially appropriate in this season of Lent, as it calls us to greater faith and service in as we seek to follow Christ. Information about this service can be found at this link.

I thank Ray Harm, our Finance Chair, for his thorough and affirming report during worship last Sunday. I also thank you for your response to the ministry needs of First Church, and echo Ray's words reminding us that while we are at a much better place financially than in recent years. The work of the church continues and we are never to be complacent in supporting the ministries of God's church with our gifts. Thank you, again!

I have enjoyed sharing in the Lenten lunches and services sponsored by the local clergy association the past two Tuesdays. I look forward to the service next Tuesday at Calvary Christian Church on Mulberry Road. I am honored to be the speaker for that service. Lunch is served at noon, with about a thirty  minute service of worship beginning at 12:30. I hope to see you there, and I remind you we will host this event at FUMC on March 20th.

Mark your calendar now for Saturday, April 28th. On that day, in the Uptown Ministry Center, we will host a "Rise Against Hunger" event (formerly "Stop Hunger Now"). We have hosted these events before, as we prepared nutritious meals for the hungry in impoverished nations. This event, for all generations, will take place in the Uptown Ministry Center. This ministry requires a great number of volunteers; I hope you will be among them.

You may be aware a faithful and longtime member of FUMC, Jean Gunther, died a little over a week ago. Jean lived in recent years at King's Grant. So as to remember faithfully her life, and to witness to resurrection, a memorial service will be held in the chapel at King's Grant on Thursday, March 8, at 3pm. Chaplain Paul Johnson and I will lead this service; all are welcome.

I hope you are attending to the daily reading of scripture in this season, and that you will share in services of worship during Holy Week. In addition to Palm Sunday worship, we will worship on Maundy Thursday at 7pm; share in the Crosswalk Service at noon on Good Friday, in addition to a 7pm service on Good Friday. On Easter morning, at 7am on the front lawn of the church, we will share in a sunrise service announcing, "Christ is risen."