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From the Pastor

Goodbye’s have always been a challenge for me.  I thank God for the privilege of being with this community of faith called Beach Lake United Methodist Church (BLUMC) for the last six years.  We have shared so much together.  So much has gone on in the life of my family as well the things we have prayed about: euthanizing our beloved thirteen year old dog about two months after we got here; Fred had three major surgeries, 

I had one major surgery and two minor surgeries; my father died; the debilitating fall of mine in 2018 and my mother’s in 2019.  We have celebrated: adopting Treasure; our twentieth wedding anniversary; the birth of nieces among other special events.

Within the church body we have: celebrated lives of those who have gone home to God; created new ministries; let go of ministries which no longer function; done much work for God in meetings and hands on ministry; prayed together; cried together; laughed together; disagreed and respected one another; had holy conversations; grown as people of faith; developed new relationships; baptized children and adults (one in the lake and one in the family pond); shared the Lord’s Supper; supported one another in prayer; envisioned new futures like the playground replacement (which will be dedicated in the future and we hope reopened this summer); visitations in homes and hospitals; meeting over pot luck; singing; retreats with the youth; confirmation classes; health and wellness ministry; worshipping God, the list goes on, thank you all for allowing me to be with you and thank you for being with me!

I think all are well aware that other pastors will be covering for emergencies after June 9th and wonderful lay people will be leading worship (online and perhaps more) through the end of the month.  

Part of the worship service on June 7th will be a celebration of where we have been and a letting go so there is space for new life from the Holy Spirit to come in to this community of faith in the form of Pastor Jim and his family.  I know you will welcome them with open arms and hearts.  Just as you welcomed us.  Blessings to you all!  

Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase of the Bible, called The Message, puts Philippians chapter four verses eight and nine this way.  “Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious - the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.”

  Until we meet again,

   Pastor Barbara