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From the Pastor

  Blessings to you all!  

  The season is changing.  I noticed some colored leaves on otherwise green leafy trees recently.  The apples on the tree near the parsonage are turning a beautiful rosy red.  Most of those connected with schools and education will have gone back to school by the time you read this message, including me.  Please keep everyone in your prayers and watch out for the school buses as they have students getting on and off.

   We have a purpose here at Beach Lake United Methodist Church.  Our mission statement is that, “we are to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”  Our vision statement is “. . . until all know Christ,” so we are working to do whatever God calls us to do as a community of faith to reach people with the love of God in Christ.  You will notice some changes from years past as we live into the mission and vision statement.  

   Church leaders are reminded to please make sure you check your folders regularly and those who are interested in specific leadership decisions should check the hall by the church secretary’s office for various reports and minutes.  Everyone is reminded that the bulletin boards behind the worship space are for sign ups, missions, and upcoming Beach Lake United Methodist Church Events the church secretary cares for those.  You will find bulletin boards for general events and the garden closer to the main entrance.  Please remember to read our bulletin each week and our newsletter.  We have opportunity to serve God every day as individuals and a church.  Pray for a ministry or small group or join one!

   We live in a very divided world and culture.  Sometimes I find myself overwhelmed in concern about the world and culture.  I know we do not all agree about everything, this is true in church community too.  Regardless of the differences, God calls us to be one. We are one body in Christ.  We are Christ’s body!  We need one another as brothers and sisters in Christ.  The eye cannot say to the foot, I have no need for you.  Paul writes to the church in Corinth in 1 Corinthians 12. 12 “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.” (New International Version) We need one another and God has given us one another to share life.  The instruction of Jesus to the disciples, including us, is to love.  By loving, people will know whose we are.

   May God’s love, my love and the love of Beach Lake United Methodist Church be with you!

   Pastor Barbara