I am most grateful for serving as your Pastor, period.

I can’t believe that in a few days we will be entering the second quarter (October- December) of our time together.  I am still getting to know you and hopefully you are more comfortable with me than at the beginning of July. The invitations for one-on-one conversation are still open!

As I communicated to a member, this is me, this is pretty much who I am as Pastor. I strongly     desire to “do better shorter” (that is to do the best we can in the most expedient fashion possible) in listening to God, and following his voice.

There is so much to say, so much to do, so much to pray about, so much to give, so much to learn, so much…

We are here to support each other, to fellowship, to laugh, to give, to dance (just a little), to praise God, to grow in Christ in reaching out to the community, all the good stuff.

More than anything we are here to “make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world”. Other words we are here so that others will come to know the living power of Jesus in their lives.

The vision of Lakemore United Methodist Church is the how to see the mission unfold.

“Creating relationships, sharing faith in Christ, and growing together in a life devoted to God.”

 In living out our vision, can you name in the last few months what NEW relationships you have created that were because the light in Christ shines in you. This is not a judgement call, as I ask myself the same question almost daily.

The challenge before us is to find the road maps to move ahead to make new relationships. I       encourage you to fall deeply into our forty days of prayer for God’s Power for our Mission, through October 20, 2022 as one step in that direction.

Recently a reading by Joyce Rupp hit me at my core, you are invited to read it slowly, but most of all keep the last line before you, “trust their guidance and let their light be enough for me.”

The light is Christ.

Sincerely in Christ,

Rev. David A.E. Whitt