Message from Pastor Jerry

Monthly Message
October 2018

You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich. Here is my advice: It would be good for you to finish what you started a year ago. Last year you were the first who wanted to give, and you were the first to begin doing it. Now you should finish what you started. Let the eagerness you showed in the beginning be matched now by your giving. Give in proportion to what you have. Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have.
2 Corinthians 8:9-12 (NLT)

Greetings and peace to you all!

At our September 9, 2018 joint UPG worship, a “poll” was taken to evaluate whether our sisters and brothers in Christ across the UPG desired to extend the UPG arrangement from ending in September 2019 to September 2022. The results are in! One hundred and fourteen people cast a ballot and 114 people desired that the UPG agreement be extended! Based on the results of this poll
our congregational councils approved extending the UPG agreement out to September 2022. This is marvelous news!

Now, as I sit contemplating what to write to you, I am reminded of St. Paul’s advice to the church in Corinth… “finish what we started a year ago!” I am not naïve enough to believe that all the people in our community of faith are in complete concurrence with the vision of the UPG, yet I am profoundly moved and inspired that so many see the potential of our new ministry together.

During our sermon this week we heard that Jesus invites you and me to a “different vision” of ministry that can lead us to imagine and work toward a different kind of world.

Now that our polling is complete, we the people of the United Proclamation of the Gospel will begin our continued efforts to develop, mold, and shape our ministry together for the next four years! Now we look to each of you for help in this God-inspired ministry!

Over the course of the next few months, we will be forming an ad hoc “Task Force” to more clearly proclaim our common vision, purpose and mission of the United Proclamation of the Gospel. We will also be looking to take a closer look at our public worship celebrations to determine what if any adjustments could/should be made as we go about worshipping our Lord. We will also be
looking into how we might accompany other communities of faith who may desire to join in the UPG, allowing the voices of all people to be heard and witnessed to. We also need the people of the UPG to become “prayer champions!” We need to keep the people of our community of faith uplifted
and supported in prayer and continually to ask God to help guide our footsteps along this marvelous pilgrimage!

I look forward to what God has in store for us all! I move forward with each of you having a hopeful and joyous heart that our Lord is guiding our journey!

Peace and blessings