By now, you know that one of my favorite quotes from Jesus is, “That my joy may be in them and that their joy may be complete.” (Jn 15:11, NRSV) Leo Tolstoy wrote, “Joy can only be real if people look upon their life as a service and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.” Happiness is certainly personal. Yet, the greatest joy (for me, anyway) comes as we help someone else know happiness. Jesus found his joy in serving God by serving all those that God loves. If that was Jesus’ joy, I sure believe it ought to be mine, too! Well, it’s now been nearly a month and I’m still as joy-filled (happy) as I was on the day I received this appointment. You are all so wonderful! This Northern Lakes Region community is fantastic! Linda and I feel like we’re finally home. Thank you so much for welcoming us with such open arms. And thank you for offering in so many ways to be of help in this transition.

I’m currently spending much of my time just trying to get to know you, the ways of MUMC, and our community. I’m enjoying our home visits and chatting with you as you come by the office. If you would like a visit or have a suggestion of someone I should visit, please give me or the office a call. Some people hesitate to call because they think the pastor is “too busy.” Well, visiting is a blessing and is very important to me. So, please call. The best way to reach me is via my cell phone: 915-1047. I’m also spending quite a bit of time preparing worship plans and my pastoral message for Sundays. I’ve enjoyed briefly reviewing Wesley’s Scripture Way of Salvation.

 I hope it’s been informative and inspirational for you. I believe that as we regain an understanding of the goal of coming to have the very heart and mind of Jesus, a true holiness of heart and life … and as we rededicate ourselves to being disciplined in the means of grace … that we will truly know the joy of Jesus, have fun living it, and see people coming to our church doors wanting what we have.

I’m so excited about what God’s going to do through us as United Methodists in Moultonborough! (P.S. Got a sermon topic you’d like preached? Please drop me a note.) A very important means of grace is the searching of Scripture as a holy community. I enjoy facilitating small groups and teaching. We have now started a morning and an evening group that are journeying through The Gospel of Mark. If you haven’t joined the group, but would like to, please just show up. This Gospel is a contiguous story, but you’ll be able to jump right in. I look forward to offering the Disciple 1 program, perhaps starting in September.

 If you have a study that you’d like to do or to have support in leading, please let me know. I would be glad to help you with resources and support to you get started. Ah … summer in New Hampshire – beautiful, relaxing, and filled with the potential to make great memories. I’m enjoying the summer and making great memories with you!!

Peace & Joy,
Pastor Bob
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