Brothers and sisters, I greet you once more in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As the year rolls on, may your blessings multiply. This month, my ponderings go to Leadership. We all know how Jesus took a mixed bag of disciples, all of whom would have been rejected by the Board of Ordained Ministry, and crafted them into world changing evangelists! Understand that I am not picking on the Board of Ordained Ministry. Anyone of us would have thought Jesus could do better. The point is that Jesus saw their potential. He instructed them, challenged them, re-buked them, grew them until they were ready for graduation from Rabbi Jesus’ school. They lacked one thing. When the Holy Spirit of God infused them with power and wisdom, they… well, you know what they did. There is an old saying that “God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.” I personally know that to be true. I have no pastoral pedigree in my family tree. I had plenty of reasons to feel unqualified for the job. Yet, when God called, I said yes. It didn’t change the world, but it sure changed my world. How could I do otherwise? A very wise person (not me) once said that if Jesus is your Lord and Master, how could anyone say “No” to their master? You see, the moment that we declare our will over His, we declare that he is not our Lord. He is not our Master if we willfully re-fuse to do his bidding.
So how does this tie into Leadership? In any organized effort, there are people who are the basic workers, people who manage the workers, and leaders who do something quite different. Managers are important because they organize workers and facilitate communication. Everybody needs a team of good, qualified managers. However, good managers do not all make good leaders. Leadership is a quality, a gift that many possess, but few develop. It requires a willingness to take risks, to try new things, to venture into uncharted territory. Good leaders have a history of making qualified choices when there are no manuals to consult.
With the Great Reset in motion, with a potential change in the United Methodist Church, and with internet expansion and missional concerns, we need to develop leaders who can and will take the risks needed to advance God’s kingdom, now and into our future. Few people still think that we can do business as usual and see success. The time to cultivate leaders is now. Please make this prayer part of your daily prayers: “God give us the young people who have the potential to lead your church into unknown territory. Call them, qualify them, infuse their being with power from the Holy Spirit, and give us the courage to follow them.”
God has great plans for his church. God sees the potential that many of us deny. May we be encouraging, prayerful, welcoming and receptive to the many things God is already doing in our midst. God give us eyes to see and ears to hear.
In His service- Pastor Brian
From our Children and Youth Director
WOW! I can’t believe our VBS is just a few weeks
away! I always looked forward to VBS as a child, even
more so as an adult to get a break from my own children (lol).
But God told me break time is over; time to
get to work! I truly am excited about it. I have been
praying for double the amount of children to attend
which would be around 40 compared to our previous years of less
than 20 Children. Please take a VBS flyer located by the mailboxes
and invite relatives, neighbors and friends to this great outreach
event. Andy made an easy registration page on our church website
so we hopefully have that aspect of VBS running much smoother this
year. This year will be a lot of trial and error, but I know with so much
support and volunteers we have on board that it will be a fantastic
event. What we do need to be prayerful of and consider is how can
we follow up with these families after VBS is finished so that they feel
welcomed to be a regular part of our Church. Please continue to
pray and brainstorm about ways we can make this VBS be a wonderful community
success and by success I mean spread the gospel to children who possibly
never got to hear it! Lets be a beacon of hope in these dark times and
invite all to partake in such an uplifting event!
Am I worthy of the calling? I will be honest; I have struggled with
those doubts the past few months. I feel I have put more pressure on
myself than needed at times to be “better” rather then just basking in
the grace of God. It helped me to be reminded by my mentor that
none of us are worthy and never will be, we just decided to answer
His call. Bible verses are helpful to remind us that we ALL struggle with
sin and fall short of the glory of God. When I am walking in His love -
that I know covers a multitude of sins - that is when I am better. When
I try to do things on my own and put the love Jesus has for me on the
back burner in my mind and heart, that’s when I fall the hardest. This
Bible verse was highlighted by the Holy Spirit last week when I was
reading and I hope it can empower you as it did me. “For I am the
least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I
persecuted the church of God. BUT by God’s grace I am what I am,
and His grace toward me was not ineffective. However, I worked
more than any of them, yet not I, but God’s grace that was with me.”
1 Corinthians 15:9-10 If God changed Saul into Paul, think of what He
can do for you. God’s grace is endless and knows no bounds unlike
our human minds and limitations. I will be trying to be better at simply
receiving this free and wonderful gift of his grace, and I hope you do
the same. Jess Rockey
Greetings in the name of our Lord and savior, Jesus the Christ. As we move into the summer season there will be a slowing down of some things and a speeding up of others. Every season has these movements. I feel blessed to be in an area that has seasons. When I lived in Georgia, there were two seasons; hot and hotter. This is much nicer.
This Spring, I saw a rapid return to life. Our maple leaf buds were popping out every day. I still mow my lawn, and once a week just wasn’t enough. Now, the growth is starting to slow down. The leaves are out and the days are longer. Well, things are changing.
Things are changing here at Glossbrenner also. After a fourteen-month Winter of Covid, the spring thaw is coming on strong, some things are changing rapidly, but soon the summer will be on us as well, and things will seem to slow down a bit. As your pastor, there were decisions that had to be made in response to Covid issues. We had to innovate and adopt measures for the continuity of church, often where there were no respectable guidelines or precedencies. I will be getting less involved in these decisions, as committees are meeting and discussing. Things may take longer to get done, be-cause one committee may realize that they need to discuss some-thing with another committee before they can act. There you go. There may be a summer slowdown like we see in nature. The good news is that we are living into the new normal that we were waiting for since 2020. Is the new normal going to be better or worse than the old normal? A lot of that depends on you. Do you talk with God a lot? When you do, do you spend more time asking for things or ask-ing how you should serve him? Do you pray for worship to be about your comfort zone or are you willing to get out of your comfort zone if it will introduce more people to God? How much time we spend seeking God’s will and having the courage to pursue it, I believe with all my heart, will determine if God continues to bless us for the next two years like he has blessed us for the last two years. Are we still truly grateful for the blessings we receive? When we get used to blessings, we stop saying thank you. Did you ever notice that? Bring snacks to a meeting and everybody says thank you. Bring snacks to every meeting and people will start telling what to bring. We get used to good things and we stop saying thank you. I think that’s when God stops sending so many good things. No-one, not even God, likes to be taken for granted. The summer will see things slowing down. Don’t let your guard down. Keep your eyes on God. Strive, as Paul wrote, for the prize. Keep Him first and He will bless you. When the next sea-son of change comes, we will all be ready.
For now, enjoy the summer fun!
In His service – Pastor Brian