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Thursday, January 21, 2021
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Appointment of Pastor Kathy King - effective 6/30/2019

 

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January 2021 - Message From Pastor Kathy King

 

"The Promise of a New Beginning"  

 

 

January brings the promises that all new years bring to our lives—the TV commercials promise help with “a new me!”, new financial security, new homes, and new products! 2021 is a new year that many of us are hoping will bring an end to seclusion; an end to staying away from our dear friends and family members. For many, 2021 is a promise of a new beginning filled with hope.

Our advent and Christmas services were filled with stories surrounding the peace, hope, joy, and love that can be ours throughout the year when we claim the baby Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Titus reminds us of our inheritance as those who accept our lineage as the children of God in chapter 3, verses 4-7:

But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom
He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

It was a rough 2020 but God led us through and will continue to lead us through the Leader- ship Team who made hard decisions. We all miss our sanctuaries and the connection we feel when we gather in those places to worship. Many of our United Methodist brothers and sisters followed the guidance of our health experts and our retired Bishop Ough. I pray that the vaccines created
to protect our world from the continued ravages of the Coronavirus pandemic will lead to joyous gatherings in our faith homes!

The new year brings a change to our conference leadership. We will be led by our interim Bishop David Bard. Many know David who was a Pastor in our Minnesota Conference prior to being appointed Bishop. Our January 10th virtual service will feature Bishop Bard’s reflection. I will be recuperating from foot surgery which offers me a time to rest while I heal. Our January 3rd virtual service will be a service created by our Minnesota Conference and featuring music groups from Minnesota churches and our Minnesota District Superintendents offering messages.

I look forward to this year being the year we see one another, hug one another, and see the light each was created to be!

Be well dear ones, wear your masks, keep washing those hands and Happy New Year!