Giving Thanks With Joyful Prayer for All of You
3 I thank my God every time I remember you, 4 constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, 5 because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. 6 I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:3-6)
It is with a glad and generous heart that I give thanks for all of you, our First Church family! We feel richly blessed by your generosity of Spirit and great love! I am especially thankful for those who tirelessly labor behind the scenes to ensure things run smoothly at the church. Today I am giving God thanks for those who volunteered to keep things in order while our custodian Andre Taylor was on vacation. It is with a great deal of gratitude that I wish to thank David Hart, Joyce Blackburn, Joyce Wiltrout, Robert Floflygen, and Tom Aloia (and any I may have missed) for their work and dedication. It is in the same spirit that I wish to thank and recognize Andre who continues to be faithful and yet so humble when it comes to being recognized. A common phrase around here is “Andre will handle it” and I pray we never take that kind of dedication and capability for granted. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
By the time you are reading this, we will have already had a couple of “Date with Eight” dinners under our belts (figuratively and literally!). Mark and I are so pleased that so many of you have signed up to have dinner with us! We also wanted to express that if none of the dates/times that we selected work for you, please let us know what might work. Perhaps a Saturday brunch would fit better into your schedule, or because of family needs it would work better to have a dinner in your home (I have no problem taking over your kitchen!). Please do not hesitate to make your needs known to us. We would hate for you to have wanted to join us but because of other circumstances to not be able to do so.
This fall we look forward with hopeful expectation to celebrating the appointment of our new resident Bishop Cynthia Moore-KoiKoi. The celebration will be held on Saturday, October 22 at 2pm. On this day, we will celebrate the appointment of our new Episcopal leader with a special worship service at the Crossfire Campus (1802 N Main St–the corner of Route 8 N and Mercer Rd) of the First United Methodist Church in Butler. A reception will follow the service so you can have a chance to meet our new Bishop. Everyone is welcome and invited to attend!
I ask that you please be prayerful about our upcoming Church Charge Conference to be held Wednesday, November 9 at First UMC in Waynesburg at 7pm. Our District Superintendent Brad Lauster is asking to meet with the Finance Committee at 6pm. I hope you will be able to attend and to share in celebrating our ministry here at First Church as well as the ministry of the Washington District!
It looks like it is shaping up to be a busy and very exciting fall season in the life of our congregation! I pray in the midst of the busy schedules, meetings, places to go and people to see, that you will also find pockets of time to simply be quiet before God and to know of God’s great love for you. I indeed give God thanks for you, and pray for joy in every one of my prayers for all of you!
Grace and peace,