No sun — no moon!
No morn — no noon —
No dawn — no dusk — no proper time of day.
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease, No comfortable feel in any member —
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! — November!
Not what I would call a very positive attitude… Yet, my understanding is that Thomas Hood (1799 – 1845) was an English poet who was well known for his puns and comic verse. Perhaps here he was making light of those who are always negative about the changing seasons. I agree that, come November and into winter, things become rather dismal. And yet, the cloudy, cold days make me that much more thankful for the sunny ones, the beauty of the first snow, and the opportunity to strap into the cross-country skis.
So, things are always changing. That’s simply a fact of life. We can either complain about it or live into it. I give thanks for the changes happening at MUMC. And I give thanks for your living into the changes and your optimistic anticipation of the new things God will bring to life through those changes.
We had our annual church conference Monday (4 Nov). There, we celebrated the wonderful experiences of 2019 and the opportunities before us in 2020. I’ve included herein a copy of my pastor’s report. I hope you’ll read it and add to it your remembrances and joys from this past year. I also hope you’ll catch the spirit for 2020 and be proactive to find your part in the opportunities before us.
I also want to take a brief moment to talk about money. Yes, I know, some think we shouldn’t talk about that in church any more than we should talk about politics. And yet, they’re both a part of life and therefore a part of the church.
We have completed our Recommitment Campaign for 2020 and have had good results. BUT, we still are not able to meet all of our financial obligations or fund all of the priorities before us.
I hope you’re always listening to God and open to continual charitable giving. We are short in our Connectional Mission Shares by about $10,000. We need to put in a new septic system at the annex at a cost of about $25,000. And, we have a failing furnace in the church that will require around $30,000 to replace.
No, the sky is not falling. No, these don’t all have to be taken care of at once. But yes, they are all necessary.
I know that this church body has the resources to easily take care of them all. Most church goers give as if they belong to a club – some nominal entry fee each time they go in or maybe $2,000 to $3,000 in dues per year. But, it takes more than that to be a church. It really does take more like a tithe from the body. I do hope you’ll consider your level of giving and faithfully respond.
Finally, please see the schedule herein regarding our Thanksgiving service. And then, we’ll enter into the season of Advent and Christmas. This year, I’ll be getting my inspiration from two books: 1) Almost Christmas – A Wesleyan Advent Experience by and 2) Awaiting the Already. We’ll work with these as an Advent study/ discussion on Tuesday mornings. You can get both on line.
Well, today is a beautiful November day! Rejoice and give thanks! Remember it and take it with you in your heart for the next gloomy day. As Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance” … and may it bring you lasting joy!!