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The mission statement of the Potterville United Methodist Church is: "As part of the family of GOD, we live, share and teach the Love and grace of JESUS CHRIST."
rests. Luke 2:14 (NIV)
“Every morning I have to laugh,
because this is a day I’ve never seen before!”
* African Proverb
As men and women living in this world, transitions can be hard on us. Sometimes, recognizing my own resistance, I think to myself that only babies really like to be changed! And yet we know that there can be no growth without it.
I say this as a way of acknowledging that you and I are getting to know each other during what may be a stressful time for you. BIG changes are coming to Potterville UMC! I have already sensed your excitement. But I also know that there are questions that remain unanswered – issues yet to be worked through.
I am hopeful that these two months we are together can be helpful to you and that my appointment here, though brief, will be a bit of a sign of how very highly this congregation is thought of and valued within our District and Annual Conference.
Let me remind you that if you have any pastoral need during the summer to be sure to let the church know. I want to be with you for prayer before any surgeries and am available for other conversations at a time that works for you.
The proverb I have quoted above is a favorite of mine. It expresses what I strive to feel despite whatever uncertainties surround me. I offer it to you, if it may be helpful. Perhaps, these words are even better:
“The steadfast love of the Lord is forever,
His mercies never come to an end.
They are new every morning.”
* Lamentations 3: 22-23
Whatever the future holds, we know that we will never enter into it alone. And in this, I believe, we find the security we seek.
In the Peace of Christ,
Jeanne Randels, Interim Pastor
History of the Potterville United Methodist Church. Taken from a book written by Pat Walsh
"The early christians were ministered to by men who were known as circut riders. This was the beginning of sharing the Word of God with fellow christians. It was soon established that a house of worship was greatly needed. "if God be for us who can be against us?"--This was the text of the sermon presented by Rev. Knapp who was the first minister sent by the conference. With the aid of the official board, who pushed the completion of the church building, this Methodist church was dedicated on February 3, 1878.
The church bell was purchased in Battle Creek for a cost of two hundred sixteen dollards by an official committee representing the church. Perhaps it should be rung often as in those early days, to remind man of the seventh day. The day set apart for man to rest from his labors. a day of prayer and thanksgiving.
The church in the pure English Gothic style was designed by Mr Sloan of Philadelphia, PA. What majestic beauty with its stained glass windows and ornate walnut beams!"
To read more about the history of PUMC, this book can be found on the book rack in the Narthax.
Her name is Jeanne Randals and she will be with us for July and August.
Please join us to our Back-to-School Bash on Saturday, August 13, 2016 from 11 am to 2 pm. There will be fun and games and free back packs. Please join us.
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