I am writing this today while sitting for the first time in the office of the Pastor of the First United Methodist Church Festus-Crystal City. There are books piled on the desk, boxes still to be unpacked, and furniture strewn around the room. It is quite the sight to behold! And yet, in the midst of all the chaos God is at work. I know that God is working on my heart preparing me to meet you, and I am praying that God would be working to prepare your heart to receive my wife, Kristen and myself into your lives.
As you may already know, God has been preparing Kristen and I for the past 9 months to receive our first child. Baby Boy Blacksher is due July 30th. We are anxiously awaiting the day of his arrival (Kristen is especially anxious), and we look forward to sharing him with you in the months and years ahead!
We are so excited to finally be present with you all and to be in ministry with you. I am so honored to get to know you and serve First Church as your pastor. My prayer for First Church is that God would light a fire that shines so brightly that First Church becomes a beacon of hope for the hopeless in our community. My prayer for you is that the Holy Spirit will work within you and help you to discern the unique spiritual gifts given to you by God. Finally, my prayer for us all is that we would grow as disciples and be Jesus’ hands and feet in the world that God is constantly redeeming by His grace. Again, I am honored to be your pastor and I am excited about what the future holds for First Church.
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.
HELP! HELP! ON July 26th, Jeffferson County Hunger Task Force is having a food drive. Our Food Pantry needs workers to cover Schnucks that day. Call Anne Wells at 636-937-5201 for details and to volunteer. Thanks!
Yours in Christ,