We are looking forward to seeing all pastors and their families at our Sending Forth Celebration when we bid farewell to those pastors who are moving to new appointments and those pastors who are moving into new phases in their ministry.
We have the shelter reserved beginning at 3:00 p.m. so come on out and enjoy a time of fellowship and recreation with your colleagues. You and your family can enjoy fishing (if you have a current fishing license), wading in the water, boat rides on the lake, and various games for adults and children. Dinner, catered by The Amish Oven, will be served at 6:30 p.m.
Letters of invitation and meal reservation forms have been mailed to all pastors (active and retired). Please make sure to return your meal reservation card by the deadline, May 15, so we can have an accurate count for dinner.
Note: State Park Fees: $2.00 for persons 16-64; $1.25 for persons over 65; no charge for anyone 15 and younger.
Just read the article, “Five Guidelines for Doing Good Well, by David McAllister-Wilson, president of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.
Dr. McAllister-Wilson begins his article with a quote from Tony Campolo during a recent luncheon meeting. I quote here: “David, do you know how many Christian organizations are at work in Haiti today? There are 900. And after 40 years of all that mission work, Haiti is no better off today.” “Why do you think that is?” I asked. He said: “Because they aren’t there to do good. They’re there to feel good.” (end quote)
McAllister-Wilson goes on to say he knew Campolo was saying that for shock value but acknowledges that the statement was rooted in some truth. As more local churches and individuals move into missional ventures beyond the Church’s national and international venues, McAllister-Wilson says, “This means congregations must change some fundamental assumptions. “Missions” is not a program we take on once we are strong enough. It is not discretionary spending. It is the basic need of the church. We have to prepare church leaders to be mission entrepreneurs and to acquire new knowledge and skills.” He goes on to outline some steps that churches should take in that direction.
Today the world celebrates Earth Day. A day when we should seriously consider all that God has created and provided for us and what humankind continues to do to destroy much of that wonderful creation.
United Methodist Communications has created a video that reminds us of what we have been given by God, our responsibility to be good stewards of His creation, and to ask for forgiveness for how we have taken Earth’s resources for granted. Bishop Kenneth Carter wrote the Prayer of Confession that is the basis for the video.
A message from Bishop Holston encouraging everyone to sign-up for this annual golf tournament:
“Annual Conference is just around the corner, and as you might have heard, Camps and Retreat Ministries will be hosting the 3rd Annual Golf Tournament in Florence the day before Annual Conference on Saturday, June 6th at the Traces Golf Club. Although anyone is welcome to participate in the golf tournament, a district trophy currently sits in [the Greenwood] office. This special traveling trophy is for the SC UMC district team with the best score and will be displayed in their district office for the year. …The trouphy will then be brought back to the tournament the following year to be presented to the next winning district. The district superintendent does not have to be a part of the 4 member team, but they will be asked to submit the four names of the players representing their district.
…Remember, it’s just for fun, so find some folks that want to mix, mingle, fellowship, and bring the trophy back to your district. All proceeds go to help send a kid to Asbury Hills that might not otherwise be able to attend, so pull a team together and join in for a good cause!”
Click on the picture to download a copy of the tournament registration form.