October Words from the Pastor

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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!

Mountain Tops & Valleys

I think we would all agree that we would love to stay in and live in our Mountain Top experiences.  After all, they give us peace; they give us joy; they give us hope.  Mountain Top experiences help us grow in our faith and they help us grow in our relationship with God.  You could say that it’s a little taste of heaven.

Unfortunately, we are not called to stay in those Mountain Top moments all of our lives.  These Mountain Top experiences help to sustain us; they nourish us; and they help to equip us for the work that we are called to do in the valley.

Camp with our youth at Epworth Forest was my most recent Mountain Top experience.  Youth and leaders from six Methodist congregations were brought together to share a cabin that week.  They were:  Hebron UMC, Hammond UMC, Wheeler UMC, LaPorte UMC, Hannah UMC, and Westville UMC.  Youth from different backgrounds, home lives, etc…  We came together as strangers, but when it was time to leave, we had become family.

Our youth are our future.  They need to feel encouraged, safe, and at peace, not only at camp, but throughout the year.  In the near future, we are planning a lock—in at Westville UMC for all those who shared our cabin that week.  We plan on doing this throughout the year at the six different churches to help in relationship building and growing in faith.  We will also plan other activities to bring them together.

Please help encourage our youth at Westville UMC.  Invite other youth to join us, as well.  This is a safe place in a world that is not so friendly or welcoming.  If you feel called to help out(in whatever capacity that may be) with our youth, please let myself or Missy Buehrer know.  Please pray about this and pray for the children and the youth, not only in our church, but in our community, as well.

To God be the glory!!Pastor Cathy Allison

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Greetings Westville UMC Family!

Happy Anniversary to us:

Westville UMC & the Allison Family!

It’s hard to believe that my family and I have been here for a full year on July 1st.  It’s been an amazing year to say the least.  We feel truly blessed to be here at Westville United Methodist Church; to be a part of this amazing family.

In case you didn’t know, we are only a little over a month away from our 150th Anniversary Celebration Weekend!  We have a lot to do, but we can’t let the celebrations distract us from “Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world!”

Let’s invite others to be a part of this wonderful family that God has called together.  I want others to know what they are missing out on.  I want others to know what it’s like to celebrate together; to lift one another up;to walk alongside one another;but most of all, what it means to have a relationship with Jesus Christ.

At the Indiana United Methodist Annual Conference, our theme was:  See All the People.  We are called to see all the people that we encounter, each day, as God’s children.  To really see them as the people God created them to be.  We are no better than they are.  The one thing we do have is Jesus Christ in our lives.  They should have the same relationship with Jesus Christ.

We are in the middle of our sermon series: See All the People.  I challenge each one of us to reach out to one person.  This should be a person that we don’t already know or one that we don’t know very well.  Take the time to build a relationship with this one person, because it’s all about RELATIONSHIP.  Introduce them to Jesus Christ and invite them to be a part of this beautiful family.

Thank you for making my family and I feel at home! Let’s do the same for others!!

To God be the glory!!

Pastor Cathy Allison

 

 

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