He’s almost here! As I write this (7/23), Kristen and I are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Baby Boy Blacksher. He will be with us any day now. We know that he will change our worlds, and we are excited to meet him and introduce him to you!
His arrival will mean that you may not see me as much this month. The Staff Parish Relations Committee has graciously allowed me paternity leave for the month of August. I will plan to remain involved at church during this time- although on a very limited basis. I will still be providing leadership in our worship services, but I will not be preaching in August. I am thankful that John Blocher and Kay Bolle have agreed to preach the first three weekends during my leave. I am also excited to announce that the Rev. Karen Hayden and Rev. Nate Berneking have agreed to preach in the last two weeks of August. You are getting the very best! Rev. Hayden is the Director of Pastoral Excellence for the Missouri Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Rev. Berneking serves as the Director of Administration and Finance for the Conference, and he also grew up in Herculaneum. Both of them are friends of mine, and they are excited to be with you soon!
Thank you to all who attended a “Meet the Pastor” meeting. I met with more than 100 of you in small groups over the past 4 weeks, and it gave me a chance to hear your passion and heart for this church. The meetings have been very helpful to me in trying to begin to discern God’s vision and future for First UMC. You should expect to hear more about this in September and October.
Thank you again for your warm welcome, and I am honored to serve as your pastor.
Yours In Christ,
Saturday Service 6 p.m.
Sunday Contemporary Service 9 a.m.
Sunday Traditional Service 11 a.m.
Sunday School 10:10 - 10:55 a.m.
FOOD PANTRYexpressed need is food to satisfy hunger. However, it is also an opportunity to address spiritual hunger as well. Recently, someone donated new Bibles to the church. Since they were not designated for a particular purpose, I was asked if we would want to distribute them through the food pantry. We happily accepted. Within two weeks, we had given away all the Bibles. We also distribute old Sunday School materials and Upper Rooms. Because these items go quickly, I would like to find four or five volunteers who would be willing to give two hours once a month to be available to offer personal prayer to our clients who might have needs they want prayer for. We ask for prayer requests when a client signs up on their first visit, but we are not presently providing that service to regular clients. If you feel called to this mission, please call me at 937-5201.
Yours in Christ,