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
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