A Letter from our Pastor 2.1.2022 - St Matthew R.C. Church

8/11/2022

Recently, I experienced a ‘fair’ day. Not fair as in the day being okay or so-so, but as in festival: rides, food, events, contests, etc. My husband, four grandchildren, and I went to the Wisconsin Valley Fair at Marathon Park in Wausau. It was better than a ‘fair’ day. It was fantastic! We ate a bit of fair food (yes, cheese curds were definitely included). Went on a few rides. Walked through the animal barns and took in all the sights, sounds, and yes, smells of chickens, bunnies, pigs, cows, sheep, goats, and even some pigeons and quail. What a variety to behold! It takes a lot of commitment with many long hours to care for their animals with such excellence.

We also looked through the many exhibits that were lined up for viewing and judging. Beautiful flowers and plants; vegetables, some of which were so enormous I couldn’t believe that it was only the beginning of August; fairy gardens of various designs; photos, artwork, and much, much more. Such diversity and vision. It was fun to imagine the exhibitor working on their entry and the satisfaction of having an entry to be proud of.

It reminds me of how precious and unique each and every person is. Each person created in the image of God with talents and interests to enrich their lives and to share with the world. It is why there is so much variety in our world. For example, look at music. Country, gospel, blue grass, rock, hip hop, rap, heavy metal, jazz, big band, ska, classical, r & b – something for everyone. Probably some style of music that is yet to be born. Amazing!

You are precious! You are amazing! A child of the living God. Loved. Designed. Gifted. Needed. You help to make the world a more interesting place. We have been created to share our lives with one another. Created to love and help each other become the people God has designed for us to be.

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

I thank God for the beautiful creation that is YOU!

Pastor Lisa

Announcements

Spirit UMC Pie & Ice Cream Social TODAY 2-4p

Pastor on vacation August 15-22. Pastor Mark Gilbert will be on call in case of emergency (608)295-2192.

2nd session of the study, Embracing the Uncertain at Spirit UMC on Tue., August 16 at 10a. We will cover chapter 2.

September newsletter deadline is August 22.

Church potluck hosted by Spirit UMC is Sun., August 28 at 12:30p at Spirit Memorial Park. Bring a dish to pass, a lawn chair, and your own beverage.

Bible Study Fellowship starts Sep. 13 at TUMC. See Coral Rickel for details.

Hospitality

Hospitality

            As the Church, we must never lose sight of our true calling – to help others come to experience the light of Jesus Christ. The world is a difficult and dark place. People are dealing with and experiencing darkness in their lives. When someone walks in the door of our churches for the first time, we do not know what darkness they are facing. They may have recently received a deadly diagnosis or been served with divorce papers. They may be struggling to keep their lights on and food on the table. They may have lost their sense of purpose and are feeling utterly alone. The list can go on and on.

A culture of hospitality happens when every person, every Sunday is intentional about making connections: connecting to someone they do not already know; connecting one person they meet to yet another person; connecting people to God through their intentionality, behavior, and life. In short, when people make themselves available in this way, they can become the bridge over which someone may walk to experience the light of Jesus Christ for the first time.

Fiona Haworth and Jim Ozier, Clip In: Risking Hospitality In Your Church (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2014

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