31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. -Ephesians 4:31-32King James Version (KJV)
I would like to thank those members of our church who have recently agreed to serve on a “Legacy committee.” This informal group will be participating in a monthly webinar training program. The final goal of this team will be to establish an endowment program for our church so that members can leave a portion of their estate to the church in their will and know that the money will be invested wisely. Choosing to serve on this team or any committee for that matter requires a personal commitment. Thank you to those who were willing to be on the team. This team had their first training program recently. We used our personal computers to listen and view a presentation on what the program can do for our church. It was presented by the United Methodist Foundation, the same organization that advises us on our Capital Campaign.
Our church is blessed with a wonderful staff. Jean does such a great job keeping the office operating. If anyone thinks it is an easy job, just sit at her desk for a few hours. The phone is ringing all the time; there is a constant flow of visitors, weekly bulletins to print, newsletters, as well as keeping financial records, etc. She does this every week and still has a smile to share with everyone. Lorraine and Renee have done such an outstanding job with the children and youth this summer. Vacation Bible School was a great success and the Grow Camp is going on as I write this. In addition, Renee has taken the youth on several adventures this summer. Of course, this would not be possible without great children. The parents of our youth must be proud also.
As a church we are blessed to have Doug leading us for another year. I just can’t say enough about Doug and his leadership of our church. What an answer to our prayers by having Diane receive a teaching position in Gilmer County. I know the past few years must have been difficult for them living separately during the week. They also have a granddaughter to spoil! As a grandparent myself, I know what a special treat grandchildren are.
Doug and I are always having conversations about how to grow our church. One of the things we discussed recently was that, as a church, we have a hard time getting people to join Bible Classes or coming to Sunday School. At BRUMC there does not seem to be a strong history of attendance in these groups, and we talked about how we can change that history. One of the ways a church grows is through strong, vibrant small groups. These small Bible study groups are more than Sunday school classes. They become support groups, friendship classes and become your extended families. In addition, learning about the Bible strengthens your faith and enriches your life. Unfortunately, Doug and I cannot change this history. You the members of BRUMC must be willing to visit a class or start a small study group. Please do it. Just make the commitment. You will be enriched. Gordon Riddoch The recent sad events that took place in Charleston SC and Chattanooga TN and in other places around the country and the world made me think about Christian love and anger. The world was surprised at how the families of the victims forgave the person who killed their relatives. I had to ask myself if I could have said that and truly meant it.