September 2020

Once more, I greet you in the name of our Savior and Lord, Jesus the Christ! May God in all his mercy and grace flood your life with blessings overflowing! Praise be to God!
As I prepare this letter, my ponderings go to all the “new stuff” that has been forced on us this year. Truth be told, some of it we brought on ourselves here at Glossbrenner. I’m not bragging or complaining…well, maybe I am bragging a little bit, but it’s not about myself! These last five months have pushed us to do creative, innovative ministry. We’ve been posting two Bible studies a week on our website and Facebook, plus something for the children. Our interactive Bible studies on Wednesdays gives people a chance to be there in person, on the internet, or to watch it at their convenience. We have “GoTo” Meetings! The Fellowship Hall has seen amazing changes. That took a bit of innovation! Since March, we have been coming in on Saturday mornings to record our worship service. This gave us time to prep it for a Sunday morning worship time. By the time you read this, we will have gone live on Sundays, so we are available (1) in person in the sanctuary and (2) live with us at home if you can’t come in person, or (3) at home at your convenience at any time in the future! I don’t have the room in this letter to tell you about all the creative work that the tech guys have been working through to get to this point, but please send up a prayer of gratitude for all the hours they invested in us. But, for all this at Glossbrenner, I ask you to step back and look at the bigger picture, the balcony view. There is more!
Beyond Glossbrenner, the Methodist Church has been going through monu-mental creative innovations. The General Conference, that would have hap-pened this Spring, has undergone major reconfiguration. Tons of innovation and creative problem solving is going on to make this work. Methodism will have a whole new look. One pastor has expressed this hope for the “New Methodism” like this: “…engaging people in lifelong, intentional formation as disciples, through spiritual disciplines and communion and accountability with one another in the Body of Christ. A church deeply committed to prayer and dependence on the Holy Spirit that would reach out to the world at its points of deepest need through ministries of mercy and justice.” Amen!
We have been through a great deal of changes in the year 2020. The year 2021 will force more “new stuff” on us. Some of it we will make on our own, as we read between the lines from all info and prayerfully make our way into the future. Church splits, presidential elections, viral outbreaks, social structure changing before our eyes. Overwhelming? Not even close. God’s got this! No worries. He is always in control. The constant is: “God is in control”. Keep your eyes on the prize and we will all have a radiant future. That’s a promise from God’s lips to your ears.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way… You know the rest.
In His Service, Pastor Brian

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