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A Word from Pastor Jon
Last month I shared with you that there will be an opportunity for our congregations to hear an update on the status of the issues our denomination is facing and how that may impact us. I attended a meeting with Bishop Laurie Haller on April 7th where she facilitated conversation around the “Commission on a Way Forward,” which was proposed by the Council of Bishops and approved by the 2016 General Conference to do a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph of the Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality, and explore options that help to maintain and strengthen the unity of the church.
This is a good time for our congregation to meet and hear where the Commission is at in their work and how that may affect us. There is a special Called General Conference scheduled in 2019 where the United Methodist Church will hear the recommendations from the Commission as presented to the Council of Bishops.
I will be making a presentation to our churches on 1) the current status of the denomination, and 2) how we got to this point, and 3) How might this impact us?
Church Meetings will be as follows:
Prairie Chapel will meet on Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00PM.
Alburnett will meet on Wednesday, May 23 at 7:00PM.
This is the only time in my five years as your pastor that I have called for the church to come together for a special meeting like this, so I am asking that you make every effort to attend.
In the mean time, you can join me in prayer for our denomination, its leaders, and the Commission as they work through this very difficult process. I have joined other local Pastors in praying every day that the United Methodist Church will arise a stronger church and that the Holy Spirit will bring life into our Church. We have a very rich Wesleyan heritage that continues to be relevant for the day in which we live.