Pastor’s Ponderings

Dear Members and Friends of Woodmar United Methodist Church,

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

In 1952 the Woodmar Methodist Church was formed by people who had a vision to create a church whose ministry would reach out to the surrounding neighborhood with the message of God’s love. By the Fall of 1953 the saints of Woodmar were worshiping in the newly constructed Community Center.  By Easter 1957 the saints of Woodmar were worshiping in a new sanctuary. On November 3, 1968 the Education Wing was consecrated. Since its inception Woodmar has striven to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and to be attentive to God’s call on their individual lives as well as God’s call on the church.

Woodmar continues to be blessed with members and friends who long to “Make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world” through “Growing hope, embracing the community, and nurturing the spirit through following Jesus.”  We have learned more and more what it means to be a missional church.  Our focus has zeroed in on building relationships with each other and with the people of our community so that we might live into our mission and vision in a way that is honoring to God and to our neighbors.

The physical structure of our church is not our mission, rather, it is our home base and we are called to be good stewards of what we have received from the visionaries of 68 years ago. What a beautiful gift they have given us! In our church home, we come together as the Body of Christ to

worship, to study, to pray, to fellowship, to build each other up in love, to encourage one another… “to spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” (Hebrews 10:24b)  But, it doesn’t stop with us! We also come together, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to plan how we will move forward in faith.

Friends, as we move forward in faith, we understand that taking care of the facilities with which we have been blessed is an asset for accomplishing our mission to make disciples of Jesus. Right now, our facilities are in need of restoration and renovation. If we are to move forward in faith, we need to take action.

Replacing the flat roofs is our top priority. Replacing the flat roofs will create a safe, healthy, welcoming space that is conducive to learning and growing in discipleship. Imagine adults, children and youth being in the library/lounge, the narthex, the fireside room without being dripped on by water pooling on the roofs. Imagine carpet and ceiling tiles that are not water damaged. Imagine our Summer Reading Ministry families coming in next year and seeing the care we have taken with the space we have invited them to be in. We depend on our physical structure to house opportunities for meeting new people and building meaningful relationships. The leaking flat roofs are over the areas where Summer Reading is housed. Let’s move forward in faith by taking action!

Please stay tuned for more details in the upcoming weeks and join us as we move Forward in Faith:

  1. Pray for the ministries of our congregation.
  2. Pray for this capital campaign and the projects it will fund.
  3. Pray about what God is leading you to give.
  4. Make a giving plan that will help us move forward in faith.

I am excited about the possibilities awaiting the saints and friends of Woodmar in the near future and beyond!  To God be all the glory!

Living in the Grip of God’s Grace,

Pastor Esta