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A Note From Pastor David

by Pastor David Alexander
A Note From Pastor David

Dear First Family, 

I hope you will be with us in worship this weekend as we celebrate Pastor Jim who is officially retiring July 1st after 42 years of ministry in the United Methodist Church. 

Jim has served us faithfully these past three years. I know you are anticipating expressing your appreciation for the great blessing he has been to our church family. We also will be giving God thanks for the impact he has had in the lives of so many over more than four decades of Jim’s ministry in the many churches he has served. 

Pastor Jim will be preaching all of our sanctuary services. He will be in the Atrium after each service for you to share your words of thanks, and we will have a special reception for Jim following our 11am worship hour featuring one of Jim’s favorite treats!

I want to highlight several additional things this week. 

If you haven’t already, you will be receiving in the mail very soon a mid-year State of the Church report highlighting what God has done among us and what we have done together in the first half of 2019. I want to encourage you to take time to read through that entire update and if for some reason you do not receive this in the mail, please stop by any of our Connecting Points to share your mailing address. We will ensure we have that correct information for you. 

I also want to remind you that there is still a need for adult volunteers for United Mission Week due to an increased number of students.  If you are over the age of 18 and want to be part of this fun and important week, please contact Andrew Hudson. Junior High and High School students will be serving here in Mansfield and surrounding communities during the week of July 14-18. 

Finally, we held a Starting Point gathering this past Wednesday and were blessed to welcome a great group of new members to our church. Their names are listed below. I appreciate you joining me in welcoming them and celebrating their commitment to our church family! 

I look forward to seeing you this weekend! 

Grace & Peace, 
Pastor David

Welcome New Members!
Erin & Robert Barnes
Lauren & Jim Brown
Jade & Evan Bumgarner
Candi & Michael Forsyth

Kathy Godkin
Barbara & Al Houghton
Maria & Jeremy Jacobs
Joanne Ray
Linda & Terry Vallee
Deborah & Kevin Weete