2014: the Year of Gratitude
As pastor of Manahawkin UMC, I designate 2014 to be a year of gratitude. Actually, I got this idea from the Interpreter’s magazine that one Methodist congregation in Oklahoma practiced writing a thank you note each day for the entire year. That brought a tremendous positive impact on their walk with God and on their relationships with one another. I will speak about this more throughout 2014, yet I encourage everyone to make a goal in this coming year to express their daily gratitude to the Lord first, and to the people around us next, until we all form a habit of gratitude in our attitude. Remember the word of God: be thankful in all circumstances, for it is God’s will for you (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Don’t miss out on the first Sunday of January when everyone attending will receive God’s Word in a scroll for the year.
A couple of more things will happen to us in 2014. First, our youth group is going to a summer workcamp this year (more details will follow from Randy and Vanessa Estelow our youth leaders). I have noticed in the past that the youth always love to contribute to the world we live in with their time and effort, especially helping the needy. If you know some youth who can use this great trip, please encourage them to contact our youth leaders so that they too can join in this great opportunity to serve others in the name of the Lord. For the adults, we will look for some hands-on ministry as well.
Next, the Manahawkin congregation is called to join the Mission Fund Campaign along with the other 577 congregations of the Greater New Jersey Conference:
“The people of the United Methodist Church are called to mission – A Future with Hope Mission Fund Campaign is a conference wide effort to raise more than $12 million for local church mission, Imagine No Malaria, and Sandy Relief. People need us more than ever right now:
- 650,000 people will die of malaria this year alone;
- more than 22,000 of our neighbors are still displaced from their homes nearly a year after the storm; and
- our local community has needs that only we can fill.
United Methodists are responding to the call.” We will officially launch our campaign in February. Please pay attention to our newsletter, emails, and bulletin announcements.
See you at church!