Weekly Message from the Pastor - Oct. 19, 2018

October 19, 2018

 

Dear Friends,

 

We are in the midst of Buckhall’s stewardship campaign, “Living Generously.” Some would rather that we not talk about finances and giving during worship. Giving, however, to the work of Gods’ kingdom is a spiritual discipline. As we recognize how God has been active in our lives, the blessings we enjoy; we are moved to return a portion as a sign of our deepening faith, and trust in God. The giving of our hearts to God precedes the giving of our gifts and tithes.

 

Giving brings us joy in knowing that when we give to the church, we are helping children learn about Jesus Christ; providing opportunities for people to worship; giving people the opportunity to live out the call to “love our neighbor,’ by working on a Volunteer in Missions teams. We show our care for the community as we clean up the streets around our church, or invite our neighbors to join us for a fall festival, or as we bless the neighborhood pets.

 

At our recent Charge Conference, our District Superintendent, Jeff Mickle, identified Buckhall UMC as a community church; that we are at the center of the community in this part of the Manassas. He sees us as continuing to find ways to reach out to and to be a blessing to our neighbors; and growing in that identity. Your giving helps to make this happen. So, thank you for your generosity.

 

I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday. Please pray for people who are seeking to heal their lives in the aftermath of hurricanes and flooding. This Sunday at 10:00am, we will assemble flood buckets that will be distributed by UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief), and sent to areas affected by flooding. Thank you to all who donated the flood bucket items.

 

Yours in Christ,

Linda

 

Meet us tomorrow, 10/20, at the church @ 9:00am, as we clean up some of the streets around our church (from 9:00am to noon). Join us as you can.

 

Sunday, 10/21 @ 1:00pm, we have Blessing of the Animals, in our parking lot. We accept donations of unopened pet food which will be donated to a local animal shelter. We also offer the opportunity to light a candle in memory of a pet who has died. Invite a pet-loving friend, relative, acquaintance, and neighbor to bring their pets for a blessing.