See What you Have and See your Neighbors too

By Pastor Rochelle Frazier

Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. …..But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life. Galatians 6:7a, c (The Message)

Dear Beloved,

The 165th session of the California-Nevada Annual Conference was held from June 19-23, 2013. The theme was “See what you have: See your neighbors too.”

The theme challenges us to see the resources in our collective midst that God has provided for mission and ministry. It was a wonderful conference because of the diversity of the presenters and the subject matter. We learned about and received tools and resources on how to develop and create meaningful relationships with “our neighbors.”

The theme speaks to what we currently do as the Forestville United Methodist Church. It is a part of our DNA and our values to “See what we have; See our neighbors too. For example, we share our resources with our “neighbors,” who are the community groups which meet at our facilities and our Monday church neighbors who benefit from the Food and Clothes Closet, the ESL Ministry and prayer.

Our neighbors benefit and are blessed because of our worship services and spiritual formation groups and all of our other ministries. Last month, we increased
our efforts in “Seeing what we have: Seeing our neighbors, too” with our first pancake breakfast. Great job everyone, especially Sarah Wright and the Finance Committee for leading the effort. Our response to the call to “See what we have: See our neighbors too” with our breakfast allowed us to become a part of a very important neighborhood event in Forestville. Sharing our resources allowed us to
establish new relationships with our “parade neighbors.”

As we look forward to continuing to “See what we have: See our neighbors too,” let us gather to create more opportunities at our summer retreat on Saturday,
July 20th. At the retreat, we will spend time reviewing our 2013 goals and objectives, developing new objectives and modifying others. We will hear a presentation from a social media consultant and enjoy lunch together.

I am so glad that I have been appointed to serve another year. I am truly blessed to be in ministry with you. As the universal church becomes more missional in its work, we are and can be used as a wonderful example in our Conference as a church which “Sees what we have: and Sees our neighbors too.” I am excited about what God is doing in and through us and our plans for the future. Thank you
for being you. Hallelujah…Praise the Lord!

Pastor Rochelle