Posts by Wayne Cook

Posts by Wayne Cook

Website Updates in the New Year

Hello McFarland! Pastor Wayne here. As we wade into the new year there are new challenges for us to consider. Changes to our website because of changes from our content providers is one more thing that we have to deal with. I want to tell you about a couple of things that have changed and how we are adapting to those changes. All of the changes that I am mentioning here appear in the “footer” (the bottom) of every page…

A Word from Pastor Wayne

A word from Pastor Wayne: Greetings in the name of Christ! By now I would imagine that you have seen the stories in the newspaper, on television and radio, or on the internet declaring that it has been decided that the United Methodist Church is breaking up. While we are certainly dealing with problems and disagreements (and the disagreements are about more than human sexuality), the reporters are not getting the story right. All of this confusion stems from an…

Closing Out 2019

Hey McFarland! Pastor Wayne here. Can you believe that there are only a little less than 2 days left until the end of the decade? Where has the time gone? As we approach the end of the year, I thought that I would update you on a few things and help you get ready for the coming year. 1) Thank you to everyone who played a part in making our Advent season wonderful. To the choir, the carolers, the volunteers…

October Update

It’s almost October as I write this. My how this year has passed! Our Charge Conference will be held on Sunday, October 27 at 4:30 p.m. here in the sanctuary. Charge Conference is when we evaluate the ministry of the church in the previous year, set the salary for the pastor in the coming year, approve any members who the SPRC feels are called to service as a Certified Lay Servant, Certified Lay Speaker, Certified Lay Minister, or for candidacy…

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…

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…

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…

2019 Lenten Devotionals

The Holston Conference Communications staff and the Clergy Services team have joined forces with our District Superintendents and the members of the Board of Ordained Ministry to offer a series of devotions for this Lenten Season. You can find a link to the devotional web page here. From the web page, you can subscribe to a daily email of the devotional, or link to the devotions that have been published. Gary Grogg and I are both contributors to this devotional…

Getting Ready for General Conference 2019

Friends, I know that there are lots of questions about the called General Conference that will take place beginning Saturday in St Louis. Delegates to the highest rule making body in the United Methodist Church are coming together to consider the report of the Commission on a Way Forward, a group requested by the General Conference meeting in 2016. The Commission on a Way Forward was given the task of studying and presenting a way for the United Methodist Church…

A Franciscan Blessing

Several people asked me about a copy of the “Franciscan Blessing” that I used to close the service on February 10, 2019. As I stated, I am not sure of the origin of the blessing, nor do I know why it is especially considered “Franciscan.” But, it is a call for us to live into our faith. I share it below: A Franciscan Blessing May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that…
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