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posted Sep 1, 2016, 2:22 PM by Bowmansville UMC   [ updated Sep 1, 2016, 2:23 PM ]
In the name of Jesus the Christ, I greet you folks this summery day!

Well, the summer months just seem to fly by, and here we are looking at September again, with much busyness in your household, as in mine.  The usual school stuff is happening around in many households, as well as a new fall season of the church year will be starting up.  I hope your summer was blessed with family and friends getting together for a cookout or a card party, or maybe even a campfire together..  

There have been things happening at BUMC.  The guest pulpit supply speakers, LaVerne and Jessica, were here while my good wife Cheryl and I were away on our "trip of a lifetime" to Alaska.  I heard that both were inspiring with a good message.

As we look toward the late summer & fall season of the year coming up, I ask you folks to think of two things (with the bountifulness of the fall harvest time).  How has our Lord Jesus Christ blessed you, and how during this season of bounty can we as a church bless others here and in the local community!?

In scripture, "From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked".  (Luke 12:48)

So we have all been blessed here in community, so how can we give back to others or even strangers to be a blessing to them in the name of Jesus?  Sometimes when we look at our daily lives and the grind of the daily living seems to get us down, we forget just how many blessings we encounter every day that the Lord holds out for us!  As your new pastor, I see many blessings with you folks here in this community of Bowmansville in the town of Lancaster.  It is not hard to see as your new Pastor here!

As the summer days slip by to fall cooler days, I ask you all to remember those in need, both here at church, our shut-ins, and to folks in community around your house and around your block!  With the current flooding around our nation, I think there should be a call out to our membership to again start bringing in materials for those needed "flood buckets".  The need is great, I am told.  In the name of Jesus Christ, we all can do something, and sometimes a small thing to us (like sponges or a small bottle of cleaner) can be a great thing to those we give to!

Blessings to you all this September time.
Pastor Jim