From the District Superintendent
Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ!
We are continuing our journey through the Season of Lent, a time set aside for us to take an introspective journey. I wonder what have you discovered about yourself thus far? Have you discovered anything new? Have you discovered something that brings a bad taste in your mouth? Have you discovered something that would make God smile? Has God challenged you to be better? Search me Lord, search me!
As the pandemic continues, what are you and God talking about? Have you renewed your covenant with God? Is there something that needs to be repented from?
If we cannot say Amen, let us just say “OUCH!”
As I said in the February 18 eNews, let us truly seek God during this holy time, so that our relationship with God will be solid. Continue the journey with me in these sacred days of searching!
I pray for your continued safety during these times, as many of you have returned to in-person worship, and some of you will begin shortly. Continue to follow the state’s guidelines and your local Health Department’s guidelines as well. Continue to revisit your church’s guidelines, also. Some churches are continuing with online worship, but wherever you are in the process, know that God is with you.
Let us continue to stand with one another in prayer!
• Pray for the upcoming district transitions as the Elgin District will be transitioning into the Prairie Central, Lake North and Prairie North Districts. You will be led by three superb District Superintendents: Jeffry Bross, Brittany Isaac and Fabiola Grandon-Mayer. Exciting times are ahead for each of you.
• Pray for James Preston, pastor of Kingswood UMC, as he mourns the death of his father Weldon.
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SOMETHING TO PONDER
As we think about who we are as the Church, who God is calling us to be during these times and into the future, and what God is calling us to do, let this scripture found in Matthew 5:16 (CEB) guide you: "In the same way, let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven."
There should be no reason that anyone should not be able to tell that you are a Christian. Our good deeds should be seen not to boast about who we are, but to shine a light on whose we are. Do we do what we do for personal recognition or so that others will be drawn to God?
People should be able to see God’s reflection in us as we live out our Christian lives. SHINE PEOPLE SHINE!
In the service of Jesus Christ!
Rev. Darneather Murph-Heath
Elgin District Superintendent