Wow, it’s already September! I hope your summer’s been good. And don’t fret, there’s still more wonderful New Hampshire to enjoy!
I sure hope you’ve been enjoying our review of what it means (or at least meant) to be a Methodist. I hope you see that our Methodist tradition really does stress the call to simple Christianity – divine life in Christ through the love of God and others. If you missed any of my messages, remember that you can listen to them on the church website: http://moultonboroumc.org under “Our Pastor” and “Sermon Archive.”
Now, a few things you should know about and hopefully will read about elsewhere. First, your church needs you! Remember that picture of Uncle Sam saying the same about your country? Well, it’s true --- your church … and I … and of course God … needs you! It takes everyone to make the puzzle complete. Your worship of God calls upon you: be a greeter, an usher, a liturgist, in the choir, on the altar guild. The future of your church calls upon you: volunteer to a leadership position. There is a need for a 2019 council chairperson, a finance chairperson, and an SPRC chairperson. Your community needs you to volunteer to be a part of the MUMC outreach ministries. Your church family needs you to volunteer to be a part of the welcoming and visitation teams. You need to step up and be a small group leader – Bible study, book club, men’s group, etc.
There is so much opportunity to be the church and to grow the church. Yet, the more responsibility that winds up in the pastor’s lap for such, the more he/she gets frustrated, burnt out, and things begin to fade away. Yes, I’m complaining and confessing!
So, don’t wait to be asked or invited! This is your church and therefore your opportunity and your responsibility. As we begin to plan for 2019, watch for the questionnaires and signup lists. But, don’t just wait – you know the needs! Be proactive – stand up and offer your service! And yes, even if you’re a snowbird, MUMC needs you – the few that stay behind can’t be expected to keep things going without your help.