Pastor’s Ponderings

Dear Families and Friends of Woodmar UMC,

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

As I sit to write all of you, the word “family” resounds in my head. In a short 15 months, my family has become a part of the Woodmar family.  Each individual family in our church looks different, but when we come together as the Body of Christ, our differences are united with a common purpose…say it with me… “To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”  Please note that I did not say that when we come together our differences fade away.

It is our differences, with the help of the Holy Spirit, that help us to complement one another in living missionally.  The gifts I lack are strong in another brother or sister in Christ and vice versa. Together, we are better. Together, we are more than we could ever be as individuals. We pull together to step out in faithful, joyful obedience in the adventure to which God has called us, and God receives our obedience and turns it into something more beautiful than we can possibly imagine. God can and will work miracles with our faithful, joyful obedience…did you hear that? God can and will work miracles with our faithful, joyful obedience!  Thanks be to God!

To deepen and strengthen relationships, it’s important to spend time together. The month of November offers us many opportunities to celebrate being part of the Woodmar family.  We worship every Sunday morning at 10.  On Sunday, November 18th we will gather at 3:30PM in the Community Center to share a Thanksgiving meal. Sunday, November 25th immediately following worship we will decorate for Advent/Christmas, then we will break bread together over a soup lunch.

Soooo…“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25

Be encouraged, brothers and sisters!

Living in the Grip of God’s Grace,

Pastor Esta