“He went up the mountain and called to him those whom he wanted, and they came to him. And he appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to proclaim the message, and to have authority to cast out demons. So he appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); James son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.” Mark 3:13-19 NRSV
I am VERY excited about this new season in our life together at the Baldwinsville First United Methodist Church! It has been a lovely summer, and I have had a wonderful time with my family and friends. I golfed badly, laughed a lot, and watched God move in my life, the lives of my family, and in the lives of our church family. And now, back to the beauty and activities of fall.
There are several new opportunities for deeper engagement in our faith journey ahead of us this fall, I’m going to use this space to highlight a few of them.
We will start the season with a deeper look at what it means to live our lives as disciples of Jesus Christ. I like it that the primary reason listed in the scripture above from Mark 3 for the calling of the disciples was for them to be with Jesus. That offers us a great starting point for our journey this month – you are going to need to be with us! We will be using the study “A Disciples Path” by James Harnish as a guide for Sunday morning worship. We will offer a group discussion forum in the Multi-Purpose Room each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. to go deeper, and study groups will meet during the week.
A group of our leaders will engage a new discipline called SLI – a fellowship and leadership model offered through Spiritual Life Incorporated out of Lexington Kentucky – if you are interested in going deeper and helping to lead our church family forward, ask me more about this!
Finally, I will be traveling to Uganda at the end of October for 3 weeks of ministry and evangelism. I will be going on your behalf and hope to engage our church family in the journey. I will share more about this mission in the next few weeks, for now I request your prayers!
I hope that you will plan to join us as we move into this exciting fall program. Prayerfully consider what part or parts of this the Lord is inviting you to – there is a place in this work for everyone! The Church is OPEN!! Come and join us for worship this Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30A.M. - we'll save you a seat!
In Grace and Peace, Bill Mudge