December Words from the Pastor

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Greetings Westville UMC Family!

It’s December already, just like that!  It feels like we are running full speed ahead whether we are ready or not.  I’m still in the process of giving Thanks:

Thank you Lord for this wonderful congregation at Westville UMC!

Thank you Lord for the relationships that we are making!

Thank you Lord for new possibilities in ministry!

Thank you Lord for the generosity of this congregation!

Thank you Lord for the impromptu conversations and visits!

Thank you Lord for family, church family, and friends!

Now we can move into December and focus on Advent and the birth of Jesus Christ.  Think about the following for a moment:

Where would we be right now if it wasn’t for God sending His one and only Son to save us?

What would the world look like?

Where would we find our hope?

How would we be able to live without the grace, mercy, and forgiveness of Jesus Christ?

Without Jesus Christ, where would we spend eternity?

This season isn’t about what we have waiting for us under the Christmas tree.  This season isn’t meant to stress us out with meal planning; decorating; gift giving; travelling; and so on.  This season is all about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  It’s about introducing the real meaning of Christmas to those who think it’s all about Santa Claus.

By the way, as we’re rushing around trying to make sure that everything is perfect this year, take some time on Wednesday, December 13th at 7p.m. and join me during “The Service of Hope.”  This is a special time to come together in the Sanctuary and just be in the presence of God.   We will have a time of silent reflection; singing; letting go of our cares and worries; a time to remember those who have gone before us; prayer; etc…  We will end the service with communion.  It’s nothing fancy, come as you are.

Let us celebrate this season with hearts full of joy, because of what God has done for us.  John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but may have eternal life.”  This is the best gift that we could ever ask for.  This is a gift that we can’t keep to ourselves.  Let’s share this gift this Advent Season.

Merry Christmas!  Pastor Cathy Allison

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Greetings Westville UMC Family!

It’s hard to believe that we are in November.  The good news is, we get to enjoy the Fall colors that God has given us.  I really enjoy my drive to church.  The trees come alive with amazing and brilliant colors.  It reminds me of Genesis 1:31, “God saw all that He made, and it was very good.”  I have to remember to keep my eyes on the road, because God does such beautiful landscaping that it’s hard not to admire it as I drive to work.  I can’t even call what I do, work.  It really is a blessing to serve at Westville UMC.

When we look at God’s creation we are reminded that God exists and is with us every second of every day of our lives.  What more could we ask for?  Unfortunately, there are so many people in this world who don’t know that God exists.  They live their lives searching for something to fill the void in their lives.  They reach for everything and everyone else, but God.  That’s where we come in.

I keep coming back to the theme of “Relationships.”  We don’t need to go to another country or around the world to have an impact on the lives of others.  We have work to do right where we are located.  That’s why we are here.  We are disciples of Jesus Christ.  We are His hands and feet.

How do we reach those around us?  By building relationships with people of this community.  We meet them right where they are.  Our goal is not to get them through the doors of Westville UMC (It would be nice if they joined us, but that is not our goal).  Our goal is to introduce them to Jesus Christ, so that, they too can be disciples of Jesus Christ.

Reach up, Reach in, Reach out:

Reach up to God, Reach in to know God, Reach out in Love.

Isn’t this what we are about?   As we look forward to celebrating our 150th Anniversary as Westville United Methodist Church, we need to keep in mind that we have a huge mission field right here in Westville.  Let’s celebrate by leading others to Jesus Christ.  The Apostle Paul offers us words to live by in Romans 12:10, “Be devoted to one another in love.  Honor one another above yourselves.”

Love & Blessings to you and yours,

Pastor Cathy Allison

 

 

 

 

 

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Service of Hope Dec 13th

Also know as The Longest Day Service

7pm

The Doors are open to All!

 

 

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October Words from the Pastor

Greetings Westville UMC Family!

My family and I are so very blessed to be a part of this great family!  This is an amazing congregation.  As I get to know everyone better, I just praise God for having the opportunity to serve here.

As we go into October, as Westville United Methodist Church, we have a lot to celebrate.  This coming year we will celebrate our 150th Anniversary throughout the whole year.  We are planning a potluck on Sunday, October 22nd after worship.  Food, fun, fellowship, and sharing ideas for celebrating our 150th Anniversary.  Please come with your ideas and bring food!

I would like to recognize and give “Thanks” for the many ways that God works through Westville UMC:

When Hurricane Harvey decided to damage Texas, our Resale Shop stepped up and sent all of their summer clothes to Texas.  What an amazing group of volunteers!  The store looks amazing.  Remember, they can always use help if you have time to donate, please contact the Resale Shop.

The Farmer’s Market on Monday evenings has given us a chance to meet people in our community.  Members of this congregation and members of the community bring produce and other items to share with one another.  What a great way to give.  I am sorry to see this end as we go into Fall.  Thank you to everyone who played a part in this ministry.

Our “Care & Share” backpack ministry is up and running.  We are currently providing food for about 43 students each week.  Thank you to everyone who has donated food items, their time, and money to make this ministry a reality.  Thank you to the Resale Shop for providing funds to help with this ministry, as well.  You are invited to help keep this ministry going week after week.

Thank you for stepping up and helping to pay off the mortgage on our Family Life Center.  We are more than halfway there.  If you are able to give a little beyond your regular giving, please do.  Once we have paid this mortgage off, we will be able to focus on Missions.

Thank you to all of our current leaders for staying in your position of leadership for at least one more year as I get more accustomed to Westville UMC.  I am truly amazed by our leadership here.  Thank you to Marian McCuen for stepping up to chair our Missions’ Team and to Missy Buehrer for saying “Yes” to leading our youth.

As we continue to move forward, don’t ever forget that with everything going on in this world, along with our own personal concerns, we are not alone.  The Great Shepherd walks with us every day on our journey.  Keep these words from Jesus in your heart:  “…surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).  Reach out, take His hand, and let Him be your guide every moment of every day.

Love & Blessings to you and yours,  Pastor Cathy Allison

 

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Words from the Pastor

 

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It’s hard to believe how time is flying by.  It seems like I just wrote the August Pastoral Letter for the Word and now I’m writing it for September.  I hope this letter finds you well and looking forward to Fall.  Fall is my favorite season.  Nature’s colors just burst into our lives with all their magnificence.  Take time for yourself to slow down and enjoy the scenery before it passes you by.

There are many things that I want to write about in this letter.  Hopefully, it will all fit.  These are not in order of importance.

First, I want to share that I am doing a sermon series on “An Ordinary Day with Jesus.”  Do you take Jesus with you throughout your day?  When you rise?  When you go to bed?  While you work?  While you play? And so on.  This sermon series will start on Sunday, September 10th.

Second, a few weeks ago I talked about holding Bible classes for different age groups.  The Bible class is called “Journey to the Center of the Bible.”  This class will help us to understand how to read the Bible; how it came to be; the authors; how it’s broken down; and so on.  Look for more information to come in the near future.

Third, I have set Sunday mornings aside, for the time being, for a “Meet & Greet with your Pastor” (Couldn’t think of a better title, so there you have it).  This will start on Sunday, August 27th.   We will meet in the Family Life Center from 9:00a.m.—until 9:50a.m.  I want to get to know you, whether you are a member of Westville UMC or not.  I don’t want to take anyone away from their Sunday School Class.  If a Sunday School Class would like me to “Meet & Greet” the whole class some Sunday, let me know and I will put it on the calendar.  Let’s take time to get to know one another better; let’s take time to build relationships.

Finally, because of the current events of our day & age, we need God more than ever.  I plan on intentionally giving us more opportunities to come together and pray for our country and for our world.  Would you like more days where the Sanctuary is open for everyone to come in and pray throughout the day?  Would you like to have specific times set up where we gather together during the week for devotion; worship; and prayer?   Let me know what your thoughts are or what God has placed on your heart.

We are the church at all times, no matter where we are or who we are with, we are the church.  Proverbs 3:5, 6 says, “Trust in the LORD will all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge HIM, and HE will make your paths straight.”  Don’t despair!  God is with us!

Love & Blessings to you and yours, Pastor Cathy Allison

 

 

 

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Welcome to the Westville United Methodist Church

Service Times Sunday Morning:

9 am Sunday School  for all ages

10:am to 10:13 am Social Time

10:15 am Church Service Sanctuary

Office Email: secretarywumc@csinet.net

 

Office Hours Monday – Wednesday 8-3pm & Thurs. 8 to noon – Pastor

Secretary Monday -Thurs. 5:15 – 7:15pm

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