Not long ago, July, to be exact I was called by the Northwest District Superintendent with the offer of pastoring Carroll Springs. Now moving was not a big deal for me, as I have moved around all my life. I was excited about the new church and the possibilities. We as Methodist pastors are called itinerate, meaning we move around, one of the reasons I loved ministry in the Methodist church.
When I did my first drive past the church I saw kids paying basketball in the parking lot and people going in and out of the church like ants to their mounds and also like ants carrying food. Now these two things happen to be two of my three favorite things to do just under serving God. I knew that this was going to be a great place to serve.
Well when I first started my pastorate here I was informed of the Change for Change offering. This offering is collected by the children in the service and as you guessed it my first Sunday I was bombarded by children carrying their glass jars filled with change. Imagine the sounds that go along with that but also picture the smiling faces of the children taking a vital part in the service as the learn about giving our tithes (Job21:11). This offering has made it possible to pay off the parsonage (the home where is pastor lives) and also gave us a great start on our new fellowship hall (see the photo album).
Our homebound and nursing home residents are so important to us here at the church. Every Monday a group of the ladies who form our visitation team go out and "care for the sick and hurting and visit them"(Matthew 25:39). At times I have had the honor to join the ladies on the visits and it is a time full of laughter and touches my heart to see and be part of this great ministry.
Every Wednesday night we join together for fellowship, prayer, and a meal. (Exodus 23:25). Then after the meal the group breaks up for Bible Study. We offer classes for all ages (1 Timothy 4:13).
So as you can see this church is filled with devoted followers of Jesus Christ for the transformation of our community to the glory of God.