September Words from the Pastor

Greetings Westville UMC Family!                                                                 IMG_2849

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

 

 

 

 

 

GreetingsWestville 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

 

Greetings Westville UMC Family!                                                      IMG_2849

It’s amazing how time is flying by.  Summer is right around the corner!  Time to get outside and enjoy the weather; meet our neighbors; enjoy God’s creation.  Celebrate each day is at it comes, because each day is a gift from God.

So, how are you using your days?  Are you grateful for all that God provides for you each and every day?  Are you just as grateful for the rainy days as you are for the sunny days?  God is in each day, whether there is sunshine or rain.  By the way, I’m speaking to myself, as well.

There are two commands that Jesus Christ has given us:

In Matthew 22:37-38 Jesus says, “’Love the LORD your GOD with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.”

 

In Matthew 22:39 Jesus says, “And the second is like it:  ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

As Westville United Methodist Church family, we need to take care of one another.  Is anyone missing on Sunday mornings?  Is anyone missing in your Sunday School class?  Why not reach out to them?  What can we do to help them on their faith journey?

Send them a card; call them on the phone; invite them to lunch; etc…If there is someone that I need to reach out too, please let me know.  Maybe you are the one who is reading this and you need to hear from us, from me.  Call me, I would be more than happy to visit with you in your home.  Or if you prefer, you are invited to visit my office, my door is always open.

We have a lot to celebrate this year:  our 150th Anniversary as Westville United Methodist Church and the 50th Anniversary of our Resale Shop.  Let us not be so busy in the busyness that we lose track of taking care of ourselves and one another.

Blessings to you and yours,

Pastor Cathy Allison

 

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