Saturday, January 31, 2015

Pastor's Letter - January 30, 2015

Dear Friends,

One of my all-time favorite musicals is "A Chorus Line."  In that musical is a favorite ballad, "What I Did for Love."  While the musical chronicles the challenges and heart-aches of going through an audition on stage;   its plot includes each performer telling their story of how they got "here", auditioning on a Broadway stage.   Their stories are powerful, moving, and funny.  In a sense, their stories tell what they each "did for love"  -  of dance and performing;  the sacrifices they had to make along the way, the support, or lack-thereof, from their families. 

This Sunday, we will reflect on "what we do for love" as people of faith.  The apostle Paul teaches that what we do as followers of Jesus is to be done "out of love;" - love of God, and love for another.   Along the way, we will face challenges,   and have to make sacrifices, but Paul would tell us that it is all worth it.   "What we do for love" is what gives our life meaning and purpose. 

I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday. Please continue to pray for the mission of Buckhall United Methodist Church:  To make disciples of Jesus Christ.

Yours in Christ,

PS – During the season of Lent (February 18th  April 4th), we will have a particular mission focus:  Imagine No Malaria.   It is an initiative of the United Methodist Church to reduce deaths due to malaria by providing specially treated nets for use during the night, when mosquitoes swarm.  90% of the deaths due to malaria are among children under 5 yrs. old and nets significantly reduce that number.   A net costs $10.00, and Buckhall’s Mission Commission is asking each person to prayerfully consider purchasing a net by donating $10.00.  Checks can be made out to the church, designating (Nets for Malaria).  Our goal is to provide 100 nets.   If you have any questions, please contact me (Pastor Linda).  Thank you for your prayerful consideration.