Posts Tagged ‘united methodist church’

Love to Pray…Pray to Love!

October 8, 2017
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The United Methodist Church

We pray for those affected by the senseless violence in Las Vegas. Let us “expand our capacity to love and to pray in the midst of all we do not understand and cannot comprehend.” – Rev. Harriet Bryan

Be a force for good. Donate blood, pay it forward, check on a neighbor, be kind to one another. #EmbraceLove

Pastor’s Ponderings, Wanderings, Wonderings

September 3, 2014

Posting three things I am thankful for: Day 5

1. I am thankful for all of my life’s experiences. Some were good, some were bad but all were beneficial. All were opportunities for me to choose to grow or choose not to grow. In some of those experiences it took a while for me to see some benefit/opportunity for growth in all that was going on but through the Holy Spirit I am able to look back and see the profound affect they had on me. I know through the leadership of the Holy Spirit I will always be able to grow in my understanding of life and how we should live it here in this earthly realm.

2. I am thankful for the Holy Spirit who touched my heart and changed me.

3. I am thankful for the United Methodist Church for it’s teachings and it’s tolerance for and love of all us sinners and hypocrites. We all know the church is full and overflowing with them. Well maybe not overflowing or full but still welcome to worship and praise the one who saves us, the Christ, the Son of the Living God.

Request from the Bishop-Janice Riggle Huie

July 29, 2014

My thoughts on this letter from the Bishops:

I know that pride is something that is usually frowned upon and that we are supposed to live our lives humbly but when we say we are proud of America and that it was founded on Christian values and that it is a Christian nation then we must follow Christian values. The letter below addresses those values. We must reach out to those who are disenfranchised and offer them help. The children who are coming may be coming illegally and we can have our own political views but as Christians we must stand up for them and offer them help until our political system deals with the issues that their presence brings. The United Methodist Church is doing just that and as Christians first and United Methodist’s second we must support the aid that they are offering and look for  ways that we as a United Methodist Church can participate/help in those efforts.

Have a blessed day in Jesus Christ,  Randy

July 17, 2014
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Today a humanitarian crisis is unfolding on our southern border with the arrival of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children. Many of you have communicated with us about your heartfelt desire to provide compassionate care for the unaccompanied children who are suffering in our midst. As bishops we have been conferencing with each other about how the people of The United Methodist Church might respond in a manner that is most faithful to the gospel. We have also been in conversation with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), community leaders, and government officials. Our colleague, Bishop Jim Dorff, and other leaders in the Rio Texas Conference have just returned from three days on the border assessing the situation and representing the gospel and the church and encouraging people in a Christ-like response.

Let us be guided by the Biblical witness of faith:

A Pastoral Letter from Your Bishops to the People of The United Methodist Church in Texas

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me for to such belong the kingdom of heaven.” (Luke 18:15-16) Jesus instructed us to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, welcome the stranger, clothe those in need, visit the sick and those imprisoned. Then he said, “When you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.”(Matthew 25:40)

We are to extend hospitality to strangers. (Romans 12:13; Hebrews 13:12)

We do not understand all that these children have experienced in their home countries or in their arduous journey to our borders. We do know that their plight breaks the heart of God. Children are some of the most vulnerable members of the global community. Many come seeking to survive. They all need our compassion and care. At a time of concern about a struggling economy and national security, it is easy to give in to fear and to let that fear, rather than God’s heart, shape our hearts and our response. “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.” (II Tim. 1:7). As followers of Christ, we have the power and wisdom of God to care for these unaccompanied children.

As the Bishops of the United Methodist Conferences of Texas, we call on the people of The United Methodist Church to:

  • Pray regularly for the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being and healing of these children and families, wisdom for our government officials, and peace for the countries from which these children have come;
  • Work with faith and community leadership to provide housing, life necessities, pastoral/spiritual care, and as stable an environment as possible for these children and families while their long-term status is being resolved;
  • Be attentive to seeing Christ in the faces of these children;
  • Be alert for specific opportunities to offer ministries of compassion and care, which  share as needs emerge.

In the words of John Wesley, founder of the Methodist movement,

“Do all the good you can by all the means you can in all the ways you can in all the places you can at all the times you can to all the people you can as long as ever you can.”

In the name and spirit of Christ, we join with you in Christian love for these children. God bless you.

Earl Bledsoe
Bishop of the New Mexico and Northwest Texas Conferences

Jim Dorff
Bishop of the Rio Grande and Southwest Texas Conferences

Janice Huie
Bishop of the Texas Conference

Mike Lowry
Bishop of the Central Texas Conference

Mike McKee
Bishop of the North Texas Conference

Pastor’s Ponderings, Wonderings, Wanderings

December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas to all!!! I truly hope all will find in this Christmas the Joy, Hope, Peace and Love that the four Sunday’s of Advent are all about. The Joy in the anticipation of the Savior for all people coming, bringing us Hope for our future, Peace in our lives because we Love our God and our neighbor.  There is a link below with a video message from the United Methodist Texas Conference Bishop, Janice Riggle-Huie. I hope that all of you will spend a few moments watching this video with her message for this Christmas Season.

Have a blessed Christmas and a blessed New Year in 2013,


Pastor’s Ponderings, Wonderings, Wanderings

July 25, 2012

For some reason I have not been able to generate the thought processes to write blogs lately. Last week we were on vacation and enjoying our children and grandchildren.  We went to Canyon Lake just west of New Braunfels and had a great time and I am hoping that the get away will get me back into the writing spirit.  Even though my back and hip were all out of wack and I couldn’t do much I was still able to make it to church at North Shore United Methodist Church and enjoy the services from a different perspective (sitting with the congregation). The Pastor’s message was about making sure that we observe a sabbath day. While he was encouraging the folks he leads to make sure and have a day of rest he was also letting them know he was talking to himself as well.  Sometimes Pastors get so involved with their work that they put way to many hours in and forget that they have family they need to enjoy too.

Well I just want to let everyone know that I got to get plenty of rest (remember the out of wack back and hip) and was able to really enjoy my family as well.  Jane and I are blessed to have two children, two great son-in-laws, and four grandchildren and they were all there with us at Canyon Lake’s Hill Country Resort. The weather was great and for this time of year the temperature was bearable.  Jane and I, for the most part, just hung out at the apartment and watched the older kids come and go while we helped Tracie take care of 7 month old Georgia.  When they were there with us we played Mexican Train and The Game of Life.  We made a trip to the Movie Theater one day and watched “Brave” and enjoyed it very much.

I mentioned hanging out at the apartment which meant lots of rest and more importantly bonding time with Georgia Ann our youngest grand-daughter. Jane and I got to spend quality time with both of our children and their children. I have some pictures below we made from a trip to Gruene, the resorts swimming pool and one of the family at Cantina Del Rio in Gruene. All in all I would say that our vacation was a good time and a good rest. I believe that is what God wants us to do. Enjoy this world He has given us during our work and taking time to rest and enjoy the family He has blessed us with.

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