Paxton United Methodist Church

Greetings to our Paxton UMC sisters and brothers in Christ

Janet and I are truly looking forward to being with you and are excited to soon be in mission and ministry with you. We have already been so blessed by your outpouring of welcome-the words, cards, notes, and letters of introduction affirm that we will be able to form a strong and blessed ministry partnership with you. Please know that in the midst of the busyness of transition and all that is a part of wrapping up here and getting started well with you, that you are in our prayers and that your notes and words of encouragement are truly cherished by us. Thank you.

As your new pastor I want to get to know you and your families. The first order of business for me (after the absolute necessities of ordered corporate life) will be to meet and visit with you. Beyond the planned welcome events, I will be work through Barbara Zimmerman and SPRC, as well as the Lay Leadership team, to set up a series of small group listening events with groups of 10 to 12 people in order to get to know you and your visions better. I look forward to meeting you all including our youth and children birth to 100 plus. I truly hope that each and every one of you can be a part of these listening events.

I am looking forward to sitting down with our elected leaders outside of a business setting in order to catch your heart and focus upon vision as together we make upcoming plans. Thank you all for serving our Lord so faithfully within the church.

I know that summer is a busy time for us all with activities and vacations, but I encourage each of you to make worship a priority, not just because it is something that truly honors God, but because these first few weeks will be important as we seek to explore our core values and covenant life together.

I have been learning about your rich Christian history and about the many exciting things that you are already involved in as a church. I want very much to be able to build upon the strong foundations that are already in place by the pastors and laity of this church. I truly appreciate Pastor Terry and the way that he and Lynn have been so helpful in the transition. I am convinced that together we must step out in faith to embrace mission and ministry which is bigger than our own abilities, so that we can learn to walk and trust in the goodness and witness the power and blessing of God.

Two things:

First, both Janet and I have felt powerful affirmation from the Holy Spirit that our new partnership with you is of God and we look forward to the possibilities which prayer will reveal. That said, --I need several prayer warriors who would be willing to commit to serve in prayer now through the end of the 2014 year. There are several settings-- some from home, some at the church (private, not public prayer) so this is something that can fit within your schedule. If you would be willing to commit to pray for our church and church family please let Lynn Hawkins, know and I will be in touch with you.

Secondly, if you would be willing to host one of our small listening events (10-12 people) in your home, at the church, or at another place, please give Barbara Zimmerman a note with your name and contact information, and we will be in touch to find a good time and place. Thank you for doing this.

As the apostle Paul writes: "Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." (Ephesians 5:1-2).

Grace and peace, until we meet, Pastor Stephen E. King

8:00 AM Early Worship
9:00 AM Fellowship Time
9:15 AM Sunday School
10:30 AM Late Worship

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