Little Utica United Methodist Church
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

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Is it possible!  It doesn’t seem like it could be!  As I look out the window I see that the flowers are gone.  And, so is the magical beauty of colorful fall leaves. The calendar tells us that it’s fall, but it seems impossible that our treasured days of spring and summer have passed - along with the flaming canvas God paints on the trees each October.  I hope you have had time to enjoy the beauty of nature.

We have kept so busy again this year!  We always do seem to fill up our calendars with events and projects here at church, but this year we seem to have set a new record.  In addition to nurturing our faith, we have continued to practice it with our ministry to those who struggle financially within the community.  They are a prime concern to us and we continue to do all we are able to do to help them.  

Also, dear to our hearts are our Veterans, to whom we owe such a debt of gratitude.  It is a debt they do not charge us for and they ask for nothing in return for all they have given.  It’s a debt we cannot ignore and one we could not possible pay in full. We are honored to be able to support local veteran’s organizations including the Cpl. Kyle R. Schneider Foundation.  We were also grateful to have been a part of the United Methodist Men’s Cluster to raise funds for our Vets at the Silent Auction at the Clay Fire Station.

One especially meaningful event for us as Christians and as Methodists was having Bishop Mark J. Webb join us for one of our worship services and a dinner in his honor.  It is our understanding that this was the first time in our 187 year history that a Bishop has visited our church and delivered the sermon – which was marvelous.

We have done much this year… weddings, baptisms, received new members, picnics, Sunday worship at a bowling alley.  And, we just celebrated All Saints Sunday, just to name a few events.  

By the time you read this, we will have had a major campaign to bring others to Christ on what I called “PTP Sunday.” (PTP standing for Pack The Pews!)  And, we’ll have honored our Veterans during our worship service on November 10th.

But, it’s not time to sit back and relax.  We have so much more to do this year.

We have a lot to look forward to including the celebration of all that our God provides for us at our Thanksgiving Service, Christ The King Sunday, the four Sunday’s of Advent, and the celebration of the birth of our Lord on Christmas Eve. Along with many of those special occasions, we will have the opportunity to not only praise our God, but also to help those who are less fortunate than we are.  

So, charge up the batteries that ignite your spirits!  We have so much to do as disciples of Jesus Christ!

All God’s blessings,

Pastor Judy