Churches are communities of faith. The participants make up the body of Christ. We can't do it alone and our faith suffers when we try, as does our effectiveness.
We take these as guiding principles at Central. Lots of people participate to make our ministry better.
It's time I let you know that of the Daily Scripture Readings, I write only one week out of nine. Those aren't "Words from Will," they are words from all the clergy and the staff members and even a congregation member or two along the way-words of the community.
This Sunday we'll give thanks for the United Methodist Women and their ministry together. The United Methodist Church would cease to exist as we know it without the faithful service and leadership of the United Methodist Women. We need them and are grateful for how they work together for God across the world-actions of the community.
We'll come together as a church family Sunday afternoon from 5 - 7 p.m. at Brooks McCall Park (2100 Mechanicsville Hwy) as another means of growing closer as the body of Christ-fostering community.
We'll come together the following Sunday, October 2, at 5 p.m. with our brothers and sisters at Cumberland UMC for our annual C-Unity Service. This will include a time of worship and Communion, as well as a time of sharing a meal and conversation-strengthening the body of Christ.
We need these events because we need each other so that we can be more faithful as Jesus' disciples.
As always, our worship this Sunday is built around helping us be more faithful disciples. In The Well, the guiding scripture will be 1 Timothy 6:6-19 and Rev. Cattenhead will share what he's calling, "The Fight of Our Lives." I will reflect on Luke 16:19-31 in the sanctuary thinking about "A Visit from Lazarus."
We'll see you then,