From the Pastor

“”For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” – Romans 13:9

Who is my neighbor? As a child one of the shows on TV I grew up with was “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.” I loved Mr. Rogers. He invited everyone to his home, to be his neighbor, to share in community. Even now, I still hear his theme song in my mind from time to time: “I have always wanted to have a neighbor just like you/I've always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you/So, let's make the most of this beautiful day/Since we're together, we might as well say/Would you be mine?/Could you be mine?/Won't you be my neighbor?”

Won’t you be my neighbor? Who are our neighbors? This will be one of the themes of Church Conference this year: Who is my neighbor? I have asked our leadership to talk about this thought. Who is our neighbor here in Beach Lake? How do we reach them in love and care? How do we help them know Jesus better and live for him more? This is the challenge. How do we, as a church, and individuals in the church, focus on our neighbors in Beach Lake, and seek to be more neighborly in Christ with them? I believe this is what we, as a church, need to center our ministry on: Who is my neighbor?

I think these are questions we need to be asking: Who is my neighbor and how can I spend time with them in love and care? How can I help them know Jesus and bring them to Jesus for new life? How can I build community, right here in Beach Lake, and beyond, so all know Christ and we are all neighbors in the community of the kingdom? This will be our focus in study, in worship, and in ministry.

How can we, as Beach Lake UMC be a neighbor and live that neighborliness in our church, reaching out, aiding, helping, caring for our neighbors and friends here in our town and beyond?

Would you be mine? Could you be mine? Won’t you be my neighbor?

Peace and Blessings,

Pastor Jim