From the Pastor

From the Pastor

Enough Is Enough

Warning, long post ahead… I have been told that the church needs to stay out of politics. That we don’t need to offend. Well. I am reminded of the line in the musical “1776” when John Adams responds to another delegate who objects to a statement in the draft of the Declaration of Independence because it may offend the British Parliament, “We’re at war, damnit, we’ve got to offend someone!” I’m afraid that that is where we are today. We…

Giving Options

Hey McFarland, Pastor Wayne here. Did you know that you can give to McFarland UMC without putting a check or cash into the offering plate? We offer several ways of giving to the church in addition to the traditional method through the offering plate. The giving options that we mention below utilize Tithe.ly as our online/electronic giving provider. Tithe.ly utilizes the highest level of transaction security to ensure that your giving is safe. Here are the electronic giving options that…

Prayer Walks at our Schools

School is starting soon. We will have prayer walks at the following schools if you would like to join us:Rossville Middle on Monday, August 5 at 9:30Ridgeland HS on Tuesday, August 6 at 8:00Rossville Elementary on Tuesday, August 6 at 9:00. Even if you cannot join us at the schools, I would invite you to pray with us for 45 minutes after the start times listed above to support our teachers and students in the coming year.      …

Happy to be Back

After a couple of weeks out of the pulpit, I want to thank the Reverend Al Bowles and Mike Feely for covering for me while I was on the leadership team of the Academy for Spiritual Formation at Emory and Henry College. The experience at Emory and Henry was powerfuly moving for me and refreshing to my call to ministry. Thank you for graciously receiving them and their messages to you. This next week, beginning July 28, I will lead…

Who Are WE?

As I think about the troubles facing United Methodism, I am beginning to believe that we have forgotten who we are. Folks are seemingly entrenched on one side or another of any issue that you want to address… not just the issue of human sexuality which has vexed us since 1972, only 4 years after our merger with the Evangelical United Brethren to form the United Methodist Church. When I see the divisions, I have to believe that John Wesley…

Odds and Ends for May 2019

It’s hard to believe that we are already half way through the fifth month of the year! 2019 is almost half-way gone. Annual Conference is just around the corner, and there is so much happening in the next couple of weeks. This Sunday, May 19, we will re-dedicate the Fellowship Hall with a meal and a salute to everyone who played a part in making this renovation happen. Proceeds from the meal will go to local missions projects in the…

New Book Study

Our Wednesday morning book study met today and decided to begin a study of Peter Enns’ book, “The Bible Tells Me So… Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It.” The ISBN number for the hardback edition is 978-0-06-227202-7 which will lead you the other available editions. You are welcome to order the book through your favorite online book seller. If you would like to order the book through the church, please contact us. We are meeting at…

All Things New

The plan was a good plan. But, like any good plan, there are always complications. Our plan for March 31, the first Fifth Sunday of the year was a good plan. After months of uncertainty, conversations with insurance folks and remediation folks, and settling upon a plan to renew the Fellowship Hall space, the plan looked good. It looked like something we could accomplish. It looked doable. But, alas, it was unworkable. Aaron, our renovation contractor, and his crew did…
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