Mission and Ministry
Every year, the people called United Methodists gather across the country and in the world to celebrate its mission and ministry.
From June 4-6, 2017 our Northern Illinois Conference will be in session at the Pleasant Run Inn in St.Charles, IL. My journey in Pastoral ministry began in 1983 and ordination the following year. I am thankful to God for his blessings and the partnership of faithful church members through the years.
As I prepare to attend the sessions I am reminded that John Wesley offered these words to lay missionaries on their voyage to America— "Offer them Christ."
Here is how John W esley described people in his movement. "A Methodist is one who has the love of God shed abroad in his heart by the Holy Ghost" and "one who loves the Lord his God with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his mind, and with all his strength."
The theme for this Conference year is "Light Shine Through". We have three people from ORUMC who are committed to attend. Let us pray for all delegates so that it will be a refreshing time for worship and mission.
I always come back with great ideas for our common mission—to connect with Christ and offer hospitality to all.
The Midwest Mission Distribution Center (which is part of UMCOR or United Methodist Committee on Relief) is receiving donations for 'Dignity Kits'.
In the Elgin District, we are collecting the following items:
Toothbrush (individually wrapped). Toothpaste 2.5 oz or larger. We will have a collection box in the office and will drop off at the conference site.
The Bishop's Appeal Fund will support the ongoing ministry of the Conference HIV/ AIDS Taskforce. The World Health Organzation, reports that 36.8 million are infected with HIV and nearly half of those infected are women.
In partnership with the Global Aids Fund the UMC continues to assist 287 projects in 44 countries. Your second mile offering will enable the Church to offer vital resources, locally and globally.
Let the light shine through and "do not light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick, and it gives light to everyone in the house." (Matthew 5:15)
Let the light shine through in all our ministry at ORUMC and in all our conversation. Together, we can make a little difference.
Years ago, we went to Acadia National Park to catch the first ray of sunlight in the USA. It was awesome. Think about that as we experience fruitfulness in summer.
Blessings and Peace,