Pastor’s Office Hours:
~ Tuesdays through Thursdays from 11 AM to 2 PM ~
I Thank God for All of You
When I think about all the good that you are doing as a congregation, I am grateful to God for the blessing that you are. We have so much to celebrate and to be thankful for as a community of faith. Our average worship attendance to date in 2018 is 97 compared to 79 in 2017. That is a 23% increase. With our renewed emphasis on practical evangelism and sharing our experience of Jesus’ Good News of God’s love in our lives, I am confident that we can and will bring many more people into Christ’s beloved community here at RFUMC.
We are blessed with spirit-filled worship services and worship partners. We have a dedicated group of musicians who put in countless hours to serve in both worship services. There are those who donate their time to provide our audio and video technology. I thank our communion preparation stewards. We also have a group of lay persons who meet with me every two weeks to help plan our worship services. I cannot tell you as a pastor, how helpful it is to have that kind of input and involvement. I thank God for those who are here every Sunday, serving as door greeters, ushers, liturgists, worship leaders, prayer ministers and those take care of the coffee & snacks. Two of the most important ministries for growing a church are evangelism and hospitality.
I am thankful for your generosity. Our weekly giving and year-to-date giving are ahead of last year. In addition to our regular offerings, your generosity has supported the monthly coins of love, the food pantry, Personal Essentials Pantry (PEP), clean water for Puerto Rico, flood buckets for the United Methodist Committee on Relief, and the campaign to refurbish the handbells. I am also thankful for those who have already donated and those who plan to donate to our current parsonage windows replacement campaign.
We can be thankful for our dedicated employees: Gina, Greg, Bart, Bonnie, Joan, Lori, Jim and Kathy. They all do such great work to support our ministry together as the Body of Christ. Likewise, all our church leaders, committee chairs, and committee members have devoted countless hours in the name of Christ. Thank you. We are blessed to be able to nurture one another in so many different ways. We have a beautiful facility, which has become a meeting place for many different community service groups.
I am thankful for our United Methodist Women (UMW), Sunday School teachers, nursery care providers, adult grow group leaders, PEP ministers, food pantry ministers, visitation ministers, prayer calendar and prayer chain ministers, and our children and youth who participate in the life of our church. I am thankful for our parents who bring their children to church.
Finally, thank you all for your support of my ministry, and to all those who sent words and tokens of gratitude to my wife and I during pastor appreciation week, thank you.
Yes, we have much to celebrate, to be thankful for, and to share. We have the church and we are the church, begun by Christ. We can rejoice and be glad that we have a God who sacrificed himself for our sake and who, by the power of the Holy Spirit formed us into a beloved community of believers, the Rhinelander United Methodist Church, part of Christ’s universal church. God has blessed us. Let’s tell everyone about the love of God that they can experience here at RFUMC. Thank you!
Your servant Pastor,