By: Dr. Michael Gardner
Last week was a busy week at Old Mission for your pastors and staff. Vacation Bible School reached around 200 children and involved more than 100 volunteers in a wonderful week of learning and celebration at Uncle Joe’s Comic Shop about a world that is more “UNITED” where we are better together.
However mid-week, Wednesday morning, your Senior Pastor, Associate Pastor, and lay members rushed out of Kansas City for Wichita to participate in the Great Plains Annual Conference. And early Friday morning with little sleep from Thursday night at Bible School, Pastor Debbie came to join us.
It was not an annual conference meeting in which very many decisions were made. Information was shared about the Way Forward Commission and the Council of Bishops reports on the Church and human sexuality, but decisions regarding that issue will be made by our General Conference in February.
Good news was shared that the Great Plains Annual Conference, aided by consolidation of District Superintendents, sale of some district parsonages and the three previous conference offices, and prudent full and excess funding of our pension reserves, is the most financially secure conference in the nation.
The conference ended with my continued appointment by Bishop Saenz for my seventh year as your Senior Pastor, Rev. Nyhart’s fifteenth year as our Associate, and Rev. Hull’s third year as our appointed Deacon. Rev. Van Blarcom continues to serve her seventh year as Minister of Congregational Care. We are all excited to return!
After being dedicated last Sunday in worship, this coming Sunday early in the wee hours, our Youth Mission Team to Kenosha, Wisconsin will leave to share the love of Christ up north where it will undoubtedly be cooler than here!
And here at Old Mission, we’ll conclude our “UNITED: Better Together” series with my message from Romans 15:1-7, “LINK ARMS: The Wide Welcome.”
The Bible text begins with this challenge: “The strong among us should bear with the weak, and not only live to please ourselves. Let us live to please our neighbor for the good purpose of building them up.” (Romans 15:1-2)
I hope to see you this Sunday at Old Mission for worship at 8:30, 9:45, or 11 am for joy filled worship – we are better together!
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