From the Pastor (Page 3)

From the Pastor (Page 3)

February Update

It’s hard to believe that we are already into February! The year is already off to a fast paced start. I want to take a moment to update you on some things that are happening at the church and in our online presence as we move forward. We have passed the half-way point of our sermon series for the Season after the Epiphany, Somos del Señor (We Belong to God), which will conclude on February 16. In this lectionary based series…

Special Offering for Sudan Ministry

The Holston Annual Conference has been intimately involved with ministry in South Sudan since around 2006. We have been there through thick and thin in all that time while impacting lives there in innumerable ways.  Since 2016, our ministries have been in exile in Uganda. But even in exile, orphans have been cared for and educated, pastors have been equipped and encouraged, and the Gospel has been shared in the midst of trying circumstances. On Sunday, February 16, we will…

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…