Pastor Jeff's Weekly Note: February 22, 2018
Dear Topeka First UMC Family,
I want to begin today by saying thank you to everyone who was involved in Youth Sunday last weekend! I am grateful for all of the youth, adults, and families who made the morning special.
Nearly every Friday for more than three and a half years I have addressed a note to you as "Family." Today I am especially aware of the significance of that. Tomorrow, and through next Tuesday, the General Conference of the United Methodist Church will convene in St. Louis.
If you haven't kept up with the special called conference, our Annual Conference has put together a helpful page of resources you can access here. If you're interested in watching any of the conference, you can livestream conference here. Randall Hodgkinson, a member of our congregation, is in St. Louis as a Jurisdictional Conference Delegate. He has indicated a willingness to be in conversation during the next days if you have any questions about anything happening. You can email Randall or connect with him on Facebook Messenger.
While the global church meets, our congregation will gather for worship on Sunday as we do each week. The local body, Topeka First UMC, exists as a church family, a community in which we seek to follow Jesus together as we connect, grow, and serve for the good of the city. Regardless of what happens in St. Louis, we will be invited to live our lives together as a church family in the months and years to come. My message on Sunday will be built around the 4th Chapter of Paul's letter to the Ephesians and likely feel different than any other message I have preached as your pastor. I hope you'll make it a priority to be present in worship Sunday.
As I mentioned in worship through our Rhythm of Life series, as we continue to live into the rhythms of our Discipleship Pathway as a congregation, we are going to be forming strategic project teams to help us assess and implement the best ways to do this. Each team will be tasked with working to answer a version of the question, How can we as Topeka First UMC best help people connected to our church community live/grow as...
Do you have experiences and skills that would be of benefit to one of these teams? Can you think of others who you believe do? I invite you to send me a quick note back letting me know of your interest or suggesting the names of others who might be good members of these teams.
Again, I look forward to seeing you in worship on Sunday!