Pastor's Blog
October 31, 2018, 4:59 PM

I want to see!!!


Blind Bartimaeus Receives His Sight. But, what is it Bartimaeus wants to see? And, what is it that Christ wants to reveal?

Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So, they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road. (Mark 10:46-52)

This passage occurs as Jesus is on the road to Jerusalem with the disciples and many followers in tow. Jerusalem is where Jesus will be met with shouts of joy, “Hosanna, Hosanna, Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord. Within the next week, Jesus is tried, crucified, buried, and resurrected.

Bartimaeus is a blind beggar sitting on this roadway as this group approaches Jericho. Bartimaeus is considered unclean, and may have even smelled, not fit to even touch. He is outcast to the edge of the city, the fringe of society, with his only personal possession in the world, a cloak. Oh, and his cloak. The only thing between him and the ground he sits on. Likely the item he covers with on cold nights and collects the messily handouts of those who pass by each day. Maybe to cover his face to hid embarrassment. The only thing of value to his life.

Grace, prevenient Grace, has been working on the heart of Bartimaeus. He has heard of this “Jesus” and is been drawn to him as “Savior.” We know this from his plea. “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Bartimaeus acknowledges the Kingship of Jesus and know Jesus’ mercy is available, even to him. Those with Jesus rebuked Bartimaeus and told him to be quiet. This only prompts Bartimaeus to call out to his King and Savior even louder.

Here is where this story takes a first interesting turn. Jesus could have easily approach Bartimaeus and restored his sight. But, he doesn’t. Jesus instructs the same people, rebuking and silencing Bartimaeus, to bring this blind, dirty, smelly, untouchable, beggar to him. Bartimaeus, throws away his ONLY possession, his cloak. What an act of “blind” faith. Being blind, Bartimaeus will likely never find his only possession once tossed aside. Bartimaeus “comes to” Jesus, his King and Savior, to begin a very personal relationship. Grace, Justifying Grace.

“Rabbi, I want to see.” What does Bartimaeus want to see? Does he want to physically see the world and people around him. Or, see “experience” life as part of a larger society of acceptance. Not this blind, dirty, smelly, untouchable, beggar. Bartimaeus wants to physically see his King and Savior. He wants to see “experience” a relationship with Jesus. A minute ago, this man was a cast out to the edge of society begging for his life. Now, he is welcomed as an equal, to walk with the giver of life.

This is where the passage ends. This is not where this story ends. Bartimaeus continues to walk the road with, see, and experience Jesus. The road to Jerusalem, the shouts of joy, the trial, the crucifixion, the death, and most importantly the resurrection of Jesus, “The Christ.” Grace, sanctifying Grace.

What did Jesus want to reveal to Bartimaeus? Salvation through the resurrection. Now that is a sight to be received by a blind person.

It doesn’t take much to place ourselves into the story of Bartimaeus. Sometimes we are following Jesus on the road while shouting to silence those around us in most need. Sometimes are called to help to bring those same people to the saving grace of Jesus. Even when we are the ones shouting the loudest. Sometimes we find ourselves as Bartimaeus. Dirty, smelly, desperate and blind to any form of restoration. It also doesn’t take much to realize, at least through this story, Grace is available to all. This is the example Jesus provides. Everyone in this passage continues the journey with Jesus. The journey to Jerusalem, the shouts of joy, the hostility of the trial, the pain of the crucifixion, and the salvation, available to all, through the resurrection.

May Gods PEACE and GRACE always be with each of you.

Pastor Eddie Pennington




July 31, 2018, 3:51 PM

Im not buying that!


I’m not buying that!

 

No doubt our culture and world are significantly changing around us. We can argue endlessly about the many contributing factors. It seems everyone has their opinion and right to express it, even at the expense of others. Oh, if we could just go back to the time when…

 

Back to the time when my grandparents were a young couple starting a new family in a post war era, (40’s to 60’s). Oh, wouldn’t that be lovely?

 

  • Patriotism was at an all time high
  • The economy was flourishing
  • Babies were being born (Boomers)
  • Highways were being built
  • Suburbs were developing
  • Television (a developing technology) was brought into homes
  • Churches were growing

 

These were amazing times. Our culture and world was changing leaps and bounds.

 

Or, back to the time when my parents were a young couple starting a new family in a dramatic social change era, (60’s to 80’s). Oh wouldn’t that be lovely?

 

  • Breaking with tradition
  • Music – Rock and Roll – The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Woodstock
  • The age of T.V. – Mickey Mouse Club, Ed Sullivan, All in the Family
  • The walk on the Moon
  • Counter Culture, Civil Rights, and Feminism, individualism
  • Church attendance begins its decline

 

These were great times. Our culture and world was changing leaps and bound.

 

How about we go back to the time of my generation? The X’ers, (80’s to 2000’s) starting families in the beginning of the technology age. Oh, wouldn’t that be lovely.

 

  • Home computers become a thing
  • Portable and mobile devices are developing rapidly
  • Access to the world through a internet
  • Satellite T.V. with numerous channels
  • MTV
  • Work to live… not live to work
  • Rise of “No Preference Religion” and “None’s”

 

These were great times. Our culture and world were changing leaps and bounds.

 

The point here is very simple. Each generation has its values, contributions, and mistakes and every new generation is building on or from the values of the former. Who our children are today and what our culture has become, is directly related to the paths we have created. This cyclic process has always been, and, always will be. We are challenged to celebrate and recognize each other for our contributions, values, and differences.

 

As disciples of Jesus Christ, how are we to process this as a community of believers? Most spiritual communities are now confronted with emerging multi-generational concerns. How are we to stay spiritually relevant while meeting these diverse expectations? It takes a commitment of understanding each other, embracing the value and worth of your neighbor, and learning to celebrate our unique differences. At the same time, we must all strive to preserve common core ideas.

 

As the pastor of a multi-generational church, I commonly hear two views. First, “The older generation just doesn’t get it,” and secondly, “the younger generation just doesn’t get it.” These statements are so similar, but often become a position of division. I’m left to figure out what each is not getting. At this point, I think I am supposed to throw out several scriptural references to solve this dilemma, or, tell you what Jesus would do. WWJD? We know, or at least can find, this information on our own. Maybe, this should be approached in a different way. Maybe the struggle in not in the difference, those are clear, rather in the sameness.

 

Regardless of our generation, we are bound together by commonalities;

 

  • Our basic needs must be met
  • We have to feel safe
  • We all long for love and relationship
  • We want to be respected
  • We desire something to believe in

(Maslow’s Hierarchy of need)

 

God desires us to always be changing and growing. Where we are in faith today is not where we are expected to be tomorrow. The results of one generation’s values and contributions become the foundation of the next to build upon. I pray my children’s generation will benefit and learn from the success and failures of mine. I pray I will see, embrace, and celebrate these changes with them. I do not desire to work in opposition to them. I also pray they recognize, embrace, and celebrate the contributions my generation played in making them who they become. It doesn’t matter to me if it looks, feels, or sounds different. What matters…? Was I able to instill, in them, the importance of valuing the things which continue to keep us connected? Will their need be met and will they help meet the need of others? Will they be safe and ensure the safety of others? Will they know love and give love? Will they be respected and give respect to others. Will I carry forward in them something to hold on to and believe in? These are the important questions.

 

It is ok, for me, when church and the spirituality of others looks different from my own, or, what my generation experienced. I am grateful to experience it in my own time and in my own way. It was the same for my parents, grandparents, and many generations before them. You see, it has never been about changing the message. I’m not buying that! The message has always been, is, and always will be the same. It is simply about how the message is expressed in all of God’s people throughout the generations.

 

Love God; Love Self; Love Neighbor… In these, all will be fulfilled!

There is no room in this world for hate!

 

Peace and Blessing

 

Pastor Eddie Pennington




May 24, 2017, 3:24 PM

Potluck


“Potluck”

 

Over the past few weeks, Sublette United Methodist has served several families during their end of life events funerals, memorials, or life celebrations.  Whatever you call it, this service helps bring closure and hope to those left behind.  Sublette United Methodist Church has a long standing tradition.  Often, after the service, the family is invited to stay for a “Potluck” meal prepared by the hands in our congregation.  Casseroles are made at the church and many people bring in a variety of side dish items. This allows time for family members to visit, interact, and love on each other.  As a Pastor, it warms my heart to see people, united by a common connection, coming together.  Recently, my eyes have come open to specific characteristics of these gatherings.  I want to share a few of these with you.

 

·         People from a variety of backgrounds and life journeys come together, in love, for a common purpose.  This includes                 people preparing for the service and meal, as well as, people receiving

 

·         People with the most need are given priority and are taken care of first

 

·         Everyone is genuinely kind

 

·         Children are usually served first and are offered a special menu item to their liking (Mac and Cheese).

 

·         This gathering of people will make an intentional effort and often adjust their own needs to ensure the greater good

 

I have to admit, this time of service, is when we really exemplify Christ our best.  It is beautiful experience to watch this come together and culminate in love, graciousness, service, and relationship.  This truly is a “Potluck” of food, people, needs, and events coming together to ensure the greater good.  I have been very blessed to witness these occasions.

 

I am, however, left with a thought.  How do we bring this embodiment of Christ into our church sanctuary, worship, families, and community?  We simply take the elements of what we do best to exemplify Christ and move that into our individual and collective worship.  So, let me share a few thoughts with you.  I have included some helpful bible verses.

 

·          Worship is our expression of love to God and can be carried out anywhere.  Take your worship everywhere you go home, work, school, just praise our God.  (Psalm 150:1-6)

 

·          We serve, as Christ served us, in all we do and with our very best.  Each person is uniquely gifted and equipped to serve God for the greater good.  Find your gift and share it with others. (1 Corinthians 12:7)

 

·          Invite, and be willing to accept, people of all backgrounds no matter where they may be on their faith journey to worship and serve with us.  God simply seeks relationship with us through Jesus Christ first whereby transformation can happen. (John 3:16)

 

·          Those among us with the most need are given priority and taken care of first.  Faith and spirituality are more difficult to find when basic needs are hard to meet (Acts 20:35)

 

·          Meet the special needs of our children and let them participate fully.  Children are wiggly and often loud, but, they are also little sponges soaking up everything around them and our future church leaders. (Matthew 19:14)

 

·          In all we do, we are genuinely kind to each other.  Jesus was asked the greatest command… 1st love God and 2nd like the first, love each other (Matthew 22:37-39)

 

·          Make intentional effort to adjust your needs to align with God’s will and purpose and place the needs of others before our own. (Philippians 2:3)

 

I believe God calls Christians, believers in Jesus Christ and his teachings, (Merriam Webster), to this type of unity. While there is certainly room to celebrate the difference among our denominations, or even within our churches, it can never prevent us from doing all we are called to do as a unified body of Christ, fulfilling the will and purpose of God who created all of us.  Together, we are all God’s children. Acts 2:42-47 is one of my favorite resource references as it applies to the body of Christ.

The Fellowship of the Believers (NIV)

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

(Teaching, Fellowship, Breaking of Bread, and Prayer). All believers were together and had everything in common. The Lord added daily those who were being saved. 

Love God… Love People… It is that simple.  Oh yeah, enjoy the “Potluck”

 

 

Pastor Eddie Pennington

Sublette United Methodist Church




January 11, 2017, 3:02 PM

Youth and Childrens Ministries


                Sublette

       United Methodist

               Church

1/11/2017

Dear Sublette UMC Congregation and Friends,

It is with a grateful and joyful heart I get to share with you a very significant answered prayer.  For the past 2 ½ years I have been praying that God will call someone(s) into leading our children and youth ministries.  We serve a mighty and awesome God.  This past Sunday, 1/8/2017, a group of 9 people have committed to jointly lead these efforts in the Sublette United Methodist Church.  I give God all praise, honor and glory for rising up this impressive team.

Here are some of the challenges I have set out for the team.

 

1.    The group is to meet every Sunday for the next 8 weeks immediately after the church service for no longer than 30 minutes.

2.    Identify children and youth programs already existing in our community in an effort to support these in unity rather than competitively.

3.    Identify needed or enhanced programs within Sublette United Methodist including Sunday school, Children’s Church, Youth groups and activities inside and outside our walls.

4.    Agree on an implementation plan with forecasted time lines

5.    Work from the understanding that it will be God who leads.

6.    If it is available…They will come…

This is what I ask of you.  As this group discerns how God may be leading and making these decisions, please pray for and with them.  If you are being called to help with this important ministry, please step forward now and offer your assistance.  I am also calling on you to unconditionally support their efforts.  None of us know where this will lead.  Certainly, there will be success and challenges along the way.  None-the-less, they will need your encouragement.

I am looking forward to see how God will lead the ministries, missions, and fellowship of the Sublette United Methodist Church and our community in 2017.  Our God is very good and the Holy Spirit is definitely stirring hearts.

Peace and Blessings,

Pastor Eddie Pennington

 

 

 

 

 

206 E. Carson, P.O. Box 160, Sublette Kansas

 (620)-675-2203

subumc@sbcglobal.net

          

 




March 10, 2016, 12:26 PM

Grow the family: Grow the Kingdom


So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!    2 Corinthians 5:17  

Again, spring is rapidly approaching and signs of new life are beginning to spring forth.  This time of the year as I anxiously await the signs of new life spring brings, I am also reminded of this verse of 2 Corinthians 5:17.   However, this year the passage has taken on a significantly different meaning both personally and spiritually.

On a personal level, as most of you are aware, our family has expanded by four members.  Trust me, life as we understood it one year ago has been completely redefined.  The assumption is that new family members have to learn to incorporate into the existing family structure and lifestyle.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  You see, with new people, (young and/or old), a brand new dynamic enters the picture.  The complete DNA structure is rearranged to form a new living organism.  Remnants of the old combine with the elements of the new to produce a new living being called our family.   Some parts remain recognizable, while others parts maybe the best parts, could have never been foreseen.  A really great byproduct of this process allows those things which were not healthy to our new success, as a family, to be easily be eliminated.

Why do I choose to share this with you?

I have been in Sublette and as United Methodist pastor for nearly 21 months.  It is only very recently that I have begun to feel incorporated into this church family.  Only through my personal experience in my own home, I have learned to understand the change in dynamics and the uncertainty created by allowing new family members to become fully involved.  There is a very real risk of changing the entire structure and lifestyle.  What happens when we are called to the task of adding several new members?  The entire DNA structure of what you have known will change.  Sure, there will be visible remnants of the old, but everyday life will be lived as brand new creation.  I believe God calls us to this type of change frequently in order to renew life and grow; both personally and spiritually.

I ask the question, are you ready to grow?  I don’t mean any sarcasm by asking.  I know the very significant impact a ‘yes’ answer will have on the dynamics of our church family and the structure of everything we have done.  Our life, as a body of Christ, will be very different.  It has to in order to incorporate the best qualities of all our members.  But, be assured of one thing.  My life has been significantly blessed, maybe even more then ever, by allowing this process to happen within my own home and family.  God will bless what is good and righteous.

Build the kingdom of God, make new disciples of Jesus Christ, transform the world, and allow the body of Christ to grow.

Peace and Blessing to you all, my family in Christ,

Pastor Eddie Pennington




August 22, 2015, 11:13 AM

Building on our foundation


July 1st, 2016, was the beginning of my second year at Sublette United Methodist Church.  Wow, the first year went by really quickly.  Most of the focus this year has centered on our current membership and building a strong foundation.  I especially am very grateful for the grace, patience, support, and love many of you have afforded me.   We are all challenged by what the future might look like at Sublette United Methodist Church.  I pray these very holy conversations will continue.

 This year we will begin building upon our solid foundation.  My primary objective for the next year will be to discover how God maybe calling us, (as individuals and a community of believers), to demonstrate the example Jesus Christ provided while living with us on earth.  Why are we doing the things we do, how is God leading it, and how does it fulfill the great commission?

Matthew 28:19-20a

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.

In my own life, I have chosen to follow Christ.  I certainly don’t understand many of the challenges God places before me.  I do, however, trust God to be in all things.  The biggest and most difficult situations also prove to be the best blessing and miracles.

Proverbs 3:5

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

May you find God’s peace and joy in your life.

Pastor Eddie




March 17, 2015, 12:00 PM

Spring, a time of renewal


March 17, 2015

Wow, spring has really been knocking hard at our door lately.  March came in like a lamb this year.  Now, if we can just keep away the lions roar. 

I have really enjoyed spending time in the light and warmth of the sunshine.  This light and warmth has begun to bring new life and color to our world; early spring flowers are busting through the ground, trees are showing a hint of light green, pinks, and whites, and a few lawns are showing signs of life.  As I am out and about town, I notice more people walking and working in yards, farmers working in fields, and grills being fired up from hibernation.

I love living in Kansas.  In this part of the world, we get to experience all the seasons of the year. I am not particularly fond of winter, but I have learned to accept it as necessary to fully experience and appreciate all spring has to offer.  Likewise, I am reminded that God is always with me and working within my heart, soul, and mind.  Soon will be the opportunity, like spring, to see the new life and color in my life; to walk as the light and warmth and rejoice with others the new life God has to offer all of us. 

In about three weeks we will celebrate Easter, the oldest and most important of part of our Christian faith, the resurrection of our savior Jesus Christ.  Most everyone is familiar with, and has put to memory, the words of the gospel of John 3:16;

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”

and the words of John 14:6;

 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”

We have been discussing, Faith… Fearless…, for the past couple weeks.  “Faith” in Jesus Christ that is “Fearless” enough live out daily what we believe.  To realize worshiping our God is the lifestyle we live which shines the light and warmth of God’s love to all of creation.  Through us, others can begin to experience their own renewal of life, burst forth in color, and bear fruit for even more to see;

                                               “Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”

As we watch our world physically transform this spring, I encourage you to use this miracle to renew or begin your spiritual journey by committing to a lifestyle of worship.  It is time to allow yourself to be all God wants for you.  We would like for your family to come meet ours at the Sublette United Methodist Church.  Many events are coming up in the life of our church and we welcome you to be part of all of it.

May God’s peace be with all of you.

 

Pastor Eddie Pennington

 

Sublette United Methodist Church

Inspired… Energized… Realized

Faith is the Victory!

Palm Sunday, March 29

This service represents the sharp contrast of events during Holy Week.  Through entrance with Palms, we experience the joyous demonstration of the loyalty to Jesus as he enters Jerusalem. As the service continues, we are confronted by the story of Jesus’ passion.

Holy (Maundy) Thursday, April 2nd, 6:30pm

This evening we will share a meal together commemorating the last supper Jesus shared with his disciples before his crucifixion.  The service will include the sacrament of The Lord’s Supper and the servitude action of foot washing.

Good Friday, April 3rd, “A Service of Tenebrae”, 7:00 pm

The service of Tenebrae or “Darkness” is an extended refection on the passion of Christ.  Fourteen candles and The Christ candle are extinguished as reading take us from the Garden to the burial of Christ.  The decorations and Paraments are also removed during this service and the church remains in darkness until the Easter Service.

Easter Sunday, April 5th, Sunrise 6:45am and 10:30

The day begins with a Service of light at 6:45 am.  The light is brought into the church to light the Paschal Candle and the church is decorated in celebration of the resurrection of Christ. Breakfast will be served at the church 9am to 10am.  The traditional Easter Service, with reaffirmation of faith, will begin at 10:30 am.

All Lent and Easter service listed are open to everyone.  You are encouraged and invited to participate in any or all listed events regardless of church membership.  If you are seeking something more in your life, we would love to have you join us.  If you are seeking Baptism this Easter, please contact Pastor Eddie Pennington, 675-2203 or 675-8130.

April 12th, 2015, Camp Lakeside Sunday

This Sunday we will have Andie Strong with us from Camp Lakeside.  Camp Lakeside is a beautiful, peaceful, sacred space where children and adults alike can come to renew their faith through nature and learn about the surrounding area.  Camp Lakeside has been in service to western Kansas and affiliated with the United Methodist Church for over 65 years and is open and welcome to everyone.  Come prepared to experience something maybe just a little different this Sunday.

May 26th to May 29th, Vacation Bible School

The week following Memorial day, Sublette United Methodist Church will host Vacation Bible School.  Our curriculum will be, “Home Town Nazareth, Where Jesus was a kid.”  Bible School will be 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Tuesday through Friday evening.  A program will be held on Friday evening.  Many volunteer positions are available and the program is open to all children 1st grade to 5th grads.  Any 6th grade student may volunteer to help with the program under adult supervision but must attend a pre-program training session.

 




January 6, 2015, 2:00 PM

New Year.....New Opportunities


January 6th, 2015

I have survived my first holiday season at the Sublette United Methodist Church.  I want to personally thank everyone for helping make the Holidays a blessing in the life of our church.  There were a number of events and ministry projects providing outreach to well over 700 individuals.  God is certainly in control and leading the Sublette United Methodist Church.

The United Methodist Women started us with a successful Holiday Turkey Dinner and Bazaar on November 5th.  This event was enjoyed by nearly 500 people from our surrounding community.  More importantly, It provided fellowship and the necessary recourses to continue many mission projects the group supports throughout the year.  

Advent was launched with the annual greening of the church and a newly updated Bulletin Board which has expanded during the Christmas Season.  Each week of Advent provided opportunity for families to more fully participate in services with the lighting of candles, reading liturgy, and sharing talents, (gifts of the Holy Spirit).  I want to thank all of our musical talents for being energetic, flexible, and creative. 

One of the highlights of the Christmas Season was re-introducing the Community Candle Light Christmas Eve Service, held at 11 p.m.  80 people came together to usher in Christmas with The Nine Lessons and Carols and our choir leading us a cappella.  A musical Communion followed with the Great Thanksgiving delivered through familiar Christmas Carols.  Service ended with candle lighting and everyone singing Silent Night.  A time of fellowship and treats completed the evening.

It is simply amazing to watch growth and life come into our church.  I get to see the smiles returning to faces which were long and tired only six months ago.  I share your excitement as you interact with each other and reflect on successful ministry and outreach projects.  But mostly, I am emotionally touched by watching as real and personal relationships with Jesus Christ are being confirmed.

In 2015, it is critical we continue to seek and provide opportunity to develop our own spiritual journey while also bring others along with us.  More and more, we must look outside our physical walls, live by the example Christ provided, and persistently share the “Good News of Christ” with others.  This starts with personal discipline, being in pray and devotion daily, and striving, the best we can, to live the life of a disciple.

The New Year will bring new opportunity in the life of our church, in the life of our membership, and in the life of our community.  I encourage each of you to become, or continue to be, an active and vital part of everything God has in store for us.  Your reverence and knowledge to tradition combined with your wisdom and flexibility to explore new things will be the means of creating a successful future for Sublette United Methodist Church.  I am humbled God has put my family here to be part of it with you.

May God’s peace and blessings be with each of you in 2015.

Pastor, Eddie




July 19, 2014, 2:40 PM

God is present and moving in Sublette, Kansas


7/19/2014

Our family arrived in Sublette, Kansas nearly one month ago.  Time really does go quickly.  It is very difficult to ask your family to move to a new place and leave everything they have come to know as comfortable.  Even more still to open yourself to the idea that God will always be present and provide all you will need when you place your entire trust and faith in God. For the past few years, it seems we are doing this more and more often, running to the proverbial cliff and jumping off with both feet and without hesitation.  The more we trust we will land in the arms of a loving and providing God, the more we get to experience all God has for us.  God is good all the time, and all the time God is good.

The one thing that has made this journey easier is the fact we are able to see how God is present in all of it even before we arrived in Sublette, Kansas.  In the weeks prior to moving, many gracious people reached out to us with offers of assistance to make the transition smooth.  People we have never met or talked with before.  You were opening your homes, arms, and hearts to complete strangers.  The only thing you, and we, had was hope, faith, and trust God would make all things right if we just surrender to God's will.

The community of Sublette, Kansas and people of Sublette United Methodist Church, with God's help, reached out and have provided many things we had not even thought.  Our home had been handled with a great deal of loving hands, we were able to stay with a great couple our first night, people were going out of their way to introduce them self, and food was provided for nearly two weeks.  I arrived to a church full of people, filled with Spirit, and open to move ahead as God leads without being hung up by past challenges.  That is God's presence at work in our life and community.

With heartfelt gratitude, I would like to thank each and everyone of you for stepping out in faith when you did not have to this for us.  I know moving forward, walking in this world as Jesus did, together we will further build God's Kingdom by making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

May God's peace be with all of you,

Pastor Eddie