From Our Pastor

New Traditions

Posted 30 August, 2018 by Pastor Keith Ritchie

If you have not taken the opportunity to wish Maegan well as she begins a new chapter of ministry, I hope you will soon do so. Sunday, September 9, will be Maegan's last Sunday at FUMC before she begins serving as Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries at Bethlehem UMC in Moneta. The Staff-Parish Relations Committee met on August 29 and has begun the process of addressing the ministry needs of the church as we move forward.

As we worship this Labor Day weekend, we give thanks to God for the work to which he daily calls us. We also look at Mark, chapter 7, and see Jesus in conflict with authorities regarding the "traditions" of the faith. As we often discuss the traditions of the faith versus that which is new, we may find this topic surprisingly relevant.

As we keep before us the Tuesday night study of "Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church," we are also hosting an event for the Danville District related to this topic on Wednesday, September 26, at 7pm. This is a live-stream Question and Answer session with Bishop Sharma Lewis and the Rev. Tom Berlin. This session, which will be held in the Uptown Ministry Center, is related to the work of the Commission on a Way Forward as we prepare for a special session of General Conference of the UMC in February.  All are welcome to this live-stream event and you will have the opportunity to submit your questions.

I hope you will take part in the presentation, "What do I want to give myself to? Retirement through spiritual lens." This presentation is offered by Martha Stokes, Director of Church and Community Relations with Pinnacle Living (Formerly, United Methodist Homes.) Martha will offer her presentation on September 11 at 4pm at the Uptown Ministry Center.

I pray this Labor Day weekend is a blessed one for you. I invite you to keep before you this Labor Day prayer, as found in the United Methodist Book of Worship:

O God, you have bound us together in this life.Give us grace to understand how our lives depend on the courage, the industry, the honesty, and the integrity of all who labor.May we be mindful of their needs, grateful for their faithfulness,and faithful in our responsibilities to them;through Jesus Christ our lord. Amen.