Pastor Updates

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Vision and Purpose!

A new year of 2022! Beginnings are so hopeful, full of possibilities with no reality to mar our idealistic dreams…. Yet. And we know things will happen. It is important to be clear what our goal and focus is in the midst of life. As followers of Jesus, we put our trust in Jesus and follow His ways. We are focused on growing more like Jesus every day personally and as a faith community. This includes what we believe and what we do.
 
 
Mission statements express our purpose, why we exist. The Mission statement of The United Methodist Church is to Make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Disciples are followers and students of a particular teacher or leader. We are to tell others about Jesus, inviting and leading them to follow Him. This is our purpose as a church.
 
Each church lives out this purpose of discipling and transformation in unique ways depending on their setting and gifts and God’s leading. A Vision statement expresses our desired end goal of who we are and what we aspire to be and do ideally. We see and express glimpses of this and are not fully there yet. Our Church Council approved this Vision statement to guide us into our future.
 
Community UMC Vision statement
     We are a Christ-centered,
     diverse community 
     sharing God’s love with each other, our neighbors and the world.
 
We want these to be more than words on a wall or a piece of paper. We believe these qualities are important to us as a community. They describe Godly characteristics we see among us and who we aspire to be at our best for God. These values matter because:
· Jesus is the son of God and Savior of the world. Keeping Christ central leads to life for all.
· All people are created in the image of God and have value.
· To love Christ is to serve the world.
 
We will be living into this new Vision statement. We will consider scripture that describes what this looks like. We will name together what behaviors do and do not reflect these values in our life together. We will share stories of when we live this out and when we do not, refining who we are. We will explore how God is calling and shaping us at CUMC to grow in faith and purpose for our Lord. 
 
One new thing we are trying is offering a Chime Choir to 3rd -5th graders once a week after school. This is an opportunity to build a relationship with David Weir Prep Academy and to offer the love of Jesus to families in our community. Matt Arnerich and Kids4Christ are working on this outreach. Please pray for relationships and talk with them if you can help or support this Thursday activity.
 
 
This is a new year full of potential and possibilities! Thanks be to God that our Lord is leading the way with hope. Happy New Year!

Blessings, 
Pastor Anne