From the Pastor

From the Pastor

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…

Are We There Yet?

This has been the theme of our Advent sermon series this year. We’re looking at Advent as a journey. The journey has many twists and turns but the destination is the manger in Bethlehem. It isn’t a final destination, but it gives us a chance to reflect upon the idea that God loves us enough to have become one of us… sharing our flesh and blood… sharing our pain and our sorrow… and sharing our joys so that our relationship…

Advent 2019

Happy New Year, y’all! December 1, 2019 marks the beginning of a new year in the church liturgical calendar. It is a time of anticipation, not necessarily for the birth of a baby in a manger, but of the coming of a king to bring about God’s kingdom of peace in a world that knows no peace. Contrary to what the secular world expects in this world of “Black Friday” and the search for the most “stuff” at the least…

November 24, 2019 Update

This coming Sunday, November 24, 2019, will be a busy day at McFarland UMC. There are several things happening that day. Here is a list: This is pledge Sunday. Please prayerfully consider your gifts to the church for the coming year, fill out your pledge card for the General Budget, and turn it in at the end of the service. If you cannot be at the service this Sunday, please mail the card that you received to the church so…

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…

September Update

I wish that I could say that fall is in the air, that the leaves are beginning to turn and the temperatures are beginning to cool. I wish that I could say that. However, as I write this, the temperature is 90 degrees and Hurricane Dorian has finally begun to move after sitting over the Bahamas for several days wreaking unimaginable destruction to the islands. As we move into September, we start a long sermon series that I am calling…

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…