Dear Church Family:
I have now been privileged to meet with over 20 of you who have introduced yourselves and shared with me your passion for ministry in the service of Christ and his church at Pender. It has been a joy to get to know those who have taken the time to meet and to catch a glimpse of the willing and faithful spirit that is so prevalent in our congregation. If there are others who would like to meet with me, please contact JaiVon at the church office or me directly and I will be happy to schedule some time with you in the next couple weeks.
As you may know, our Director of Music Ministries, Brian Stevenson, will soon step away from that role to begin serving as our Handbell and Ensemble Director. Also, our Common Ground music and worship leader, Uriah Moore, has resigned from his position effective August 27. Our great thanks to Brian and Uriah for their three years of faithful service to Christ and Pender UMC. The process of finding a new Director of Music Ministries and musical leadership for the Common Ground service is underway. Please keep the Staff/Pastor-Parish Relations Committee (SPPRC) in prayer as they discern our leadership needs and God’s will for our music ministry in this time.
The needs of Christ’s church are always great, but God’s grace is ever reliable and overflowing. Beginning this Sunday (August 13) I invite you to stay after the Traditional service or arrive early for the Common Ground service to join with other church members and friends for half an hour (10:15-10:45) of prayer in the youth room. Our primary focus will be to call on the Lord together for the present needs and future ministry of PUMC. As one body, we will seek the leading of the Holy Spirit for our every need. I hope you will plan to join us as we live out our identity together as a ‘praying people’ in this faithful and timely way.
Lastly, at this writing, we have collected $9420 for our Love Offering for Sergio Saez, our Facilities Manager that will help provide for two expensive upcoming surgeries. I am delighted and grateful for the faithfulness of the saints at Pender that is blessing our brother and faithful servant of Christ in such a tangible way. If you have not had a chance to contribute to the gift, you can make out your check to Pender UMC and designate it for “Love Offering,” or contribute online in the normal manner and designate your gift also in the Love Offering slot
It is good to be serving our Lord Jesus Christ with you,