It is my privilege to extend the hand of fellowship to the Rev. William Mudge who will be appointed as the Senior Pastor here at BFUMC beginning July 1, 2018. At my invitation he offers the following words of introduction. Please feel free to express your own words of welcome to him at BillMudge@unyumc.org. In grace and peace, Larry Lundgren
To the People called United Methodist in Baldwinsville, grace and peace to you from God our Father, and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
I was sitting struggling with how to begin this letter of introduction to you, and I decided to fall back on this familiar greeting from the Apostle Paul, one of my heroes in the faith.
My name is Bill Mudge, and by the grace of God, Bishop Mark Webb and the Appointive Cabinet of the Upper New York Conference of the United Methodist Church have discerned that I will be appointed to serve as your new pastor beginning July 1, 2018. I am excited and thrilled to be invited to engage in this season of ministry with you. I am also VERY thankful for the ministry of Rev. Larry Lundgren and all the pastors and saints that have worked faithfully to bring us to this day. It is my prayer to come alongside of you, to learn from you about the congregation and the community we will serve together, and then to build on the excellent Kingdom work that is already being done.
It is not wise, or probably possible for me to do justice to the journey that brings me to this day in this space. A few details about me: I am married to my best friend, Shari. Shari is the Site Manager of Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Center (we met there in 1983!). Shari and I were married in 1984 and have four children and six grandchildren.
I started preaching 40 years ago on my 18th birthday. I am desperately, head over heels in love with Jesus, and my goal is to draw closer to him and become a better disciple every day. My privilege and call is to invite you along on this adventure of discipleship.
Please join me in prayer over these coming days that God will bless Rev. Lundgren and his family, and that Holy Spirit will go before us and prepare the way for the journey of faith we will embark on July 1st!
In His service, and yours, Pastor Bill Mudge