January Words from the Pastor

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      HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Greetings Westville UMC Family!

What can I say about 2018?  We did a lot of planning, and meeting, and planning throughout the whole year as we celebrated our 150th Anniversary as Westville United Methodist Church.  It took a lot of dedication and hard work from so many as we planned different events:  Our Community Breakfast; our Community Clean-up Day; and our 150th Celebration weekend.

We read and shared memories and the history of the church with one another.  We invited our former pastors to join us and share with us their memories of days gone by.We tried to find ways to honor those who came and went before us.  Those who paved the way for us to help us to be who we are today.  For that, we are grateful.

2018 also brought us heartache as we have had to say goodbye (for now), to prominent members of our church family, along with family members and friends.   This is never easy.  I pray that as time goes by, the sorrow will lessen, and we will truly celebrate the memory of each one of them with joy in our hearts.

We are not meant to dwell on the past.  We are to keep moving forward to pave the way for those who will come after us.  GOD is alive and well!  God’s Holy Spirit continues to work through us!I am excited and I am in awe of the many ways that God is working through us.  We have much to do!  We may not be planning a huge celebration this year (or are we?)When we leave everything up to God, God comes through and He does amazing and wonderful things through us!

There is a time for every season.  This is our time.  This is our time to let God work in and through us to show the world that we are here; that we belong to Jesus Christ; that we want to make this community, this world a better place!  We aren’t meant to stay in past.  We are meant to keep moving forward!

Won’t you join me in this amazing adventure called LIFE?  One day we will hear the words:  Well done, good and faithful servant!  Until then, we have so much to do!

To God be the glory!!Happy New Year!  Pastor Cathy Allison

 

   “GIFTS:  WE ARE THE CHURCH”                        

Greetings Westville UMC Family!

As we enter into the season of Advent, I would like for us to think about gifts.  I’m not talking about the gifts that will appear under the Christmas tree or in our Christmas stockings.  I want us to think about the gifts that God has given to each one of us.

What are your gifts? Can you name them?

Have you opened them or are they still sitting in their boxes?

What are you waiting for?  Open those gifts!  Share your gifts!

During the month of November, I have given a lot of thought about the use of our gifts.  I want to encourage you, each one of you, to take ownership.  So, here is one form of myinvitation to each of you to use your gifts (there will be many more invitations):  please, open your gifts and use them.

When we gather on Sunday mornings for worship, this is not MY worship service, this is OUR worship service.  There are plenty of opportunities to share and to serve:  greeters; ushers; communion servers; acolytes; liturgist; lead Children’s Moments; lead us during our time of prayer; share your musical talent; maybe give a message; etc…I am inviting you to step forward and use your gifts in worship.  How can we make worship more meaningful for you, for others, for visitors, etc…?  I want to hear from you!

There are opportunities to work behind the scenes:  work on the power point; learn how to create the bulletins; the newsletter; help keep our social media up-to-date; be a counter; work with the sound system, etc…the more people that we have involved in each area, the better equipped we will be at being The Church.

There are also other opportunities to serve:  through the Mission Team; Trustees; Church Council; Sunday School; etc…the skies the limit!  All things are possible when we listen to God.  What is God saying to you?  Pray about your part!  We are the Church together!

 

To God be the glory and Merry Christmas!!

Pastor Cathy Allison

Greetings Westville UMC Family!

The Fall Season is my favorite season of the year.  I love the Fall colors.  I look forward to campfires, wearing sweatshirts and jeans, the cooler temperatures, pumpkin flavored everything, all things that Fall brings.

But on this day, as I write this letter, it is supposed to be in the low 90’s.  The low 90’s doesn’t mean we are in the Fall Season. This is a reminder that we are not in charge.  So, it would be best if I didn’t complain.  If God wants it to be in the low 90’s today, then that’s what it shall be.  No amount of complaining or griping is going to change the temperature.  God is in control!

We need to remember that when we face uncertainty in our lives.  We can moan and groan all we want, but in the end, we have no control.  Now this doesn’t mean that we lie down and give up.  It means that we need to be in relationship with God.  When the going gets tough, God is in control.  When we are blessed beyond measure, God is in control.

The best thing we can do, is go to God on a daily basis.  I know from personal experience, that when we are really connected to God, God will place a peace in our hearts that is so indescribable as to bring joy in our lives.  That peace reminds us that we can hand over whatever is troubling us to God, and He will see us through.  It might not be right away or it might not be the outcome that we want, but God takes care of us and sees us through.  This reminds me of the 23rd Psalm (KJV):

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters.  He restoreth my soul:  He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.  Thou prepares a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:  thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:  and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

This says it all.  So, let us not fear the unknown.  These words in the 23rd Psalm assurances us that we are not alone.  The Good Shepherd guides us and walks with us every step of the way.  So, let it be 90 degrees today.  Who knows, it may snow tomorrow.

To God be the glory!!Pastor Cathy Allison

 

Greetings Westville UMC Family!

GOD IS SO GOOD!!

As I write this letter, I can’t express enough gratitude to God for bringing my family and I to Westville United Methodist Church!  From day one, we have felt welcomed and loved.  As I listened to the former pastors of Westville UMC during our 150th Celebration Worship Service, I heard the same sentiment from each one of them, as well.  The memories that have been shared and the memories that are in the making show us how loved and how blessed we are by God.

I cannot believe how well our 150th Anniversary weekend celebration went!  What a blessing from GOD!  Thank you to our committee who spent many hours meeting, praying, planning, texting, emailing, losing sleep, and so on.  In the end, the weather was perfect!  The food was great!  The music was awesome and entertaining!  The games and the bouncy house were amazing and a real treat, not just for the kids, but for the adults, as well.

This is not the end!  Just because our weekend celebration is over, doesn’t mean that our work here is done.  For every ending there is a new beginning.  Our weekend celebration was a catalyst for what’s to come.  It’s the beginning of what God has planned for our future.The Holy Spirit is ever present here, not just in the actual physical building, but in each one of us.

As we move forward, I know that many of us are facing busyness.  As we prepare to go into the Fall season and as we think about all the plans before us, please don’t forget to take care of yourself; to take time for yourself; and time for God.  You are no good to yourself or to anyone else if you are running on empty.

As you take time for yourself, and take time out to spend with God, please pray about your involvement in the life of the church.  It takes all of us to be the Body of Christ.  God is calling each one of us to do our part.  What does that look like for you?  What is God calling you to do?  Don’t let opportunities for God to use you, pass you by. We are all in this together.

To God be the glory!!Pastor Cathy Allison

 

Greetings Westville UMC Family!

 

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