Dear Church Family,
Let us give thanks in all circumstances. I want to thank you for your prayers, cards, emails, and texts during my 30-day leave. It is impossible for me to describe what each and every one met to me. There are three steps that I would like to share with you that is part of my journey to God's peace and I hope they are steps that help you as well.
In the midst of dark and difficult times it becomes difficult to live by faith. The first truth that God has revealed is His sovereignty. God is in control and desires for each of us to live in and fully experience love beyond understanding. A question each of us must settle is: do I believe that God is in control and has my best interest in His plan for my life? A follow-up thought is this: am I willing to relinquish control of my life completely to God? The only way to experience the peace of God beyond understanding requires this first step of trusting in God's love and grace. God's love and grace are given to each of us no matter our present, past or future actions.
One of the ways to grow in understanding in God's sovereignty is reading God's Word. I have discovered the blessing of simply reading God's Word for the sole purpose of feeding my soul as food feeds my body. Here is a challenge. Beyond your daily devotional routine, add the reading of the Bible to feed on the Word. Start out with 10 minutes. You will be amazed at what God will reveal when you read for the sole reason to experience God as He reveals Himself in the Word.
That brings us to the second step, finding God's peace. How often do you find yourself restless, anxious or really down on yourself? Jesus promised the first disciples and the promise remains for us, His present disciples, to give us peace that cannot be found in anyway in this world. An inner peace that God is with us which carries us through the hard moments and even seasons of life. Nothing can move us to healing and wholeness in our spirit than discovering and living in the peace of God. Every troubled and fearful heart is transformed by the peace of God. This inner peace is our very core.
If you are in the midst of struggle and life is overwhelming, then, ask for, seek out and receive God's peace. This peace is an inner confidence that God is with you, that God is in control and that God can be trusted.
The third step is to get in touch with God's presence in our lives. It is so important to learn how to pray which includes hearing God's Holy Spirit directing our lives. Our prayer life is so critical. Jesus demonstrated the need to be in communication with God as He prayed. Sometimes these times of having a conversation with God lasted all night. A conversation is exactly what God desires. The difficult part of prayer is learning to listen for God's part of the conversation. We often spend so much time talking to God that there is no room for God to speak to us.
Try this for the next 30 days. For every minute you speak to God you spend a minute in quiet listening for God to respond. It may take the whole 30 days for you to finally recognize God's still small voice responding to your prayer. Also remember that God wants to hear your very thought. Yes, God already knows our thoughts and feelings yet God loves us so much that He desires to listen to our sharing with our thoughts and feelings, whatever they may be, with Him.
Start now taking these steps and let me know how they are going for you.
Finance & Stewardship
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"Loving Provider, help us to save and spend wisely so we can give generously, as You give to us each day. AMEN"
Prayer from Upper Room, January 2012
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WUMC Information Udates:
Administrative Council update:
Council has approved a YMCA sponsorship for 5 years duration. This sponsorship gives WUMC a banner at the Waterville Y with our name on it, displayed in a prominent location for public recognition of our support. The sponsorship money goes towards scholarships for family memberships, camps, & classes for our local community members who can otherwise not afford them.
Building team updates:
Site development: We are excited to report our contractor, Total Ground Solutions, has completed the hauling of donated dirt as of Wednesday, May 24. Approximately 6,000 cubic yards of donated dirt is now on our site, which fulfills our future needs for site preparation.
A group of members on the Project Leadership team & Pastor Mike visited a local church, Blessed John XXIII, to learn more about their tremendous growth in membership while in their present multi-purpose facility. So successful that after just 8 years in this building, they have started on a huge expansion project. We thank Blessed John's Father Herb for sharing their success story with our group that day.
The Project Leadership team learned of an organization called "Building God's Way (BGW)." BGW is a Christian building organization that provides guidance or a full boat of services up to and including architectural, project management, construction, and building material supply. BGW wants to insure Christians are building for God's purposes as well as building structures that can pay for themselves by being used as an income stream to help cover construction and operating costs. BGW says their organization can bring plan drawing costs in at 1/10th the traditional architect's charges and up to 30% less total construction cost. BGW has 700+ Christian buildings under their belt which allows them a unique perspective and much experience in the process of church building. Please visit http://bgwservices.com/ to learn more about this organizationTwo members attended a seminar in Fairlawn, OH to learn more about this organization. They also found a great opportunity for our Administrative Council & Project Leadership team to meet 2 people from BGW's team. A BGW architect happened to be driving through town and the director of BGW's Ohio builder, Weaver Commercial Contractor, agreed to drive here. The meeting happened on Friday May 19 at 11:30am.
The meeting was a success with all attendees impressed with the architect & builder. Administrative Council & the Project Leadership team held a follow up meeting on May 24 to discuss our thoughts on the meeting from the 19th & our next steps. We all felt impressed with BGW & that God has placed them in our path. The next step to move forward with BGW is to hire them to do a demographic study & design charrette.
BGW Architects utilize a unique design process called a "charrette", an intense and highly collaborative effort that takes place over a 2 - 3 day period at the ministry site. This process allows design solutions to evolve quickly with direct participation of key ministry leaders and real-time adaptations by the architect. During this process, between 75 - 90% of the preliminary design is completed and the vision of the ministry is captured and translated into preliminary site plans, floor plans, seating diagrams, sketches and exterior renderings. A motion was made and approved by Administrative Council to hire BGW to do a demographic study and design charrette. We desire to complete this within 1-2 months & will update soon on the date we are able to book with BGW. It is also important to note that there is no contract with BGW and the only commitment being made is to the demographic study & design charrette. We will make further decisions after the charrette.