The primary responsibilities of the Charge Conference are to review and evaluate the total mission and ministry of the church, receive reports, and adopt objectives and goals recommended by the church council that are in keeping with the objectives of The United Methodist Church.
We just held our local Charge Conference which was presided over by District Superintendent Tim Overton-Harris. The theme was based on Luke 10:25-28. Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” 27 He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”
In other words, our time was spent asking “how do the reports on the work of the church reflect our Love for God, our neighbor and each other?”
As we looked at the yearly reports regarding membership, lay leadership, finance, trustees, safe sanctuary and others, we not only reflected on what we have done, but also on what God might be calling us to do next. Reports are much more than facts and figures! So as we begin the New Year, I invite all of us to look for ways we can love God, our neighbors and each other more abundantly through everything that we do.
I pray that you had a Merry Christmas and that God will continue to bless you in the New Year. I thank God for the blessing you all are to me and my family. We really appreciate the gift from the church, as well as the other prayers, and cards.
I also want to thank all of you for making make the holiday season so wonderful with the decorating of the church, and with outreach to 33 families who received food baskets, just to mention only a few of the things that were done. A special thanks to Cindy Yarnell and Rose Bradley taking care of the many projects necessary to keep the church up and running!
See you Sunday!
Grace and peace,