"A Sheepdogs Tale"
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:17-19 NIV
It is a blessing to write this first pastors letter to the church family at Baldwinsville First United Methodist! I am very excited about coming along side you and helping this great church continue to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world - to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God's love with our neighbors in all places.
I was asked by the church leadership to write a brief letter of introduction with some background history of my time in ministry, so here goes!
My name is Bill Mudge, and my wife Shari and I will be in ministry with you beginning on July 1, 2018. Shari and I are the parents of four children and we have 6 grandchildren.
I have been serving as the Adirondack District Superintendent for the past seven years. For the twenty years before that I was the Senior Pastor of the Boonville United Methodist Church. While Shari and I served in Boonville we were blessed to lead that congregation into a season of growth and revitalization that included highlights of re-establishing a Vacation Bible School program; sending hundreds of children to Camp where they began or deepened their relationship with God; building a cooperative parish of 14 churches and sharing leadership that allowed several of those other congregations to revitalize; and planting a new congregation - Center*Point Christian Fellowship just outside of Utica New York.
The verses from 2 Corinthians at the lead of this article have been very important to me and my approach to ministry – if you worship with us, you will hear me refer back to this foundation often. By grace, we have been reconciled to God and we have been given the ministry of reconciliation! We are commissioned to invite the world back to peace with our loving God!
I look forward to visiting with all of our friends and members in the next several weeks and months. Please pray for all of us here at Baldwinsville First United Methodist as we walk faithfully into the promise God holds out to us in this new adventure. Come and join us for worship beginning at 9:00AM on July 1st -- we'll save you a seat!
In Grace and Peace, Bill Mudge