From the Pastor – December 2022
“For such a small church – they sure are active!”
I don’t know how many times I’ve heard people say that about our church – and I know I have said it myself whenever someone asks me how things are going at my appointment. “For such a small church – they sure are active!”
The book of James talks about Faith and Deeds.
- 14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? – James 2: 14
We all know and understand that we cannot earn our salvation by doing things. Being “active” in the church is not how we will get to heaven. Being active and doing all the good that we can is a biproduct of our faith in God. Because of our love for God and our appreciation for the greatest gift in His Son, we just naturally desire to do what is right, and good, and pleasing to our Father in Heaven. James goes on to say the following…
- 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.
Just in case you are having trouble recalling the deeds that your church is involved in – here are just a few…
- We hold annual Easter Egg Hunts that are open to the community as well as the project called “Egg Your Yard” where we will deliver and hide eggs in peoples yards.
- Vacation Bible School is held every year where we try to connect with neighborhood kids for a day full of fun, food, fellowship, music and a message.
- As part of our Care & Share program, we prepare about 36 bags of food every week to send home with students from the Westville School. We have also started a partnership with the local grocery store where we send vouchers to the homes of those students in need to help with their groceries.
- Every year, we gather as a community for a Town Wide Clean-Up Day. This year yielded 75 participants!
- We host the Red Cross for their blood drive.
- For the second year in a row, we have held Trunk-or-Treat and a Maze where we estimate 150 people came through our church building. What a great outreach event.
- After the severe flooding in Kentucky, our resale shop put together a bunch of clothes and supplies that were sent down to assist the victims along with a monetary donation.
- Our church continues to support the Kairos Ministry which is a group that goes into the Westville Correctional Facility in an attempt to show the inmates the love of Jesus Christ. The Kairos team uses our building as base camp for their meetings and training sessions as well as housing their supplies.
- This was our 3rd year of putting together Thanksgiving baskets for people in our community. We ended up blessing 6 homes this year!
- Keeping in the spirit of giving – WUMC has traditionally helped out with the Community Christmas Baskets. Last year, we donated pancake mix and syrup – this year, we are donating spaghetti noodles and sauce.
Doing good for others is something we seem to do very well – but let’s not forget the good we do for each other.
- 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. – Galatians 6: 10
This past year, we have welcomed in 5 new members to the church and joyfully received a transfer from another church.
The men of the church meet on the fourth Saturday of the month for breakfast prepared in our kitchen…by men.
We will be having our 2nd Annual Dinner & a Movie Night to celebrate the Christmas season on December 16th.
And every Sunday, we welcome people as they walk under the new awning on the North side of the building and offer them refreshments before Sunday school or the worship service.
This year has been full of celebrations – like when we paid off the basement loan!
It’s also been full of unexpected challenges – like water damage incurred by a bad drain on a urinal which has caused us to have to “re” remodel the basement and do repairs in the Family Life Center.
So, yes…for a small church – we sure are active.
As we look forward to a new year, what are we missing? How else might we make an impact on our community? How else can we be supportive of the many ministries of this church and the people that lead them? What new ministries might we start this next year? Do you have any ideas? Is there something that you are passionate about? I encourage you to write down your thoughts and share them with me. Do it now before you get busy and forget!
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Pastor Toby Guill219-850-3768 (cell)