September 2017 Newsletter Article from Pastor Carol Stufflebeam

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

     God continues to teach me through the work in my garden. It has been interesting; some things have thrived and produced an abundance of produce. The cucumbers, acorn squash, green peppers, poblano peppers, jalapeno peppers, and cantaloupe have done well. Other vegetables have not brought forth a harvest as I had hoped or anticipated, especially the tomatoes. The soil is good so I’ve tried to discern what I need to do differently next year. One factor that was not healthy for my garden was the fact that I went on vacation for two weeks. I was back and forth between spending time with my children and Quincy but didn’t spend any time in the garden. Needless to say, the weeds took over. I am still trying to get a handle on my garden patch.

    As I reflect upon the Church I recognize how if we are not diligent, the Church will not be all that God intended it to be. It must begin with each of us; we must remember that our personal lives are not separate from our faith journey. We are the Church. We are called to live lives of integrity as we honor Christ with the things we say and do in every facet of life. We need to recognize what is important to the Kingdom work and what isn’t. God’s grace is abundant and our lives should reflect our appreciation for all Jesus Christ has done for us. He calls us to build up the church and to be a witness for His glory.

     I am reminded of Jesus words to His followers as He is on His way to Jerusalem. He was sending 70 people to go ahead of Him to teach and heal in His name. These were his instructions to them: "The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.  Luke 10:2   NLT


The harvest the Lord is talking about is people. He wanted His followers to know He needed them to pray for more workers to go out to share the message of God’s love and grace. We do need to pray for workers but also we need to ask, have I said yes to serving God with the gifts and graces he has given to me? It’s a question I invite you to mull over. If that questions brings about more questions, please stop by the office and let’s be in conversation. God is faithful and as one of favorite quotes by Timothy Pina says, If God calls you to it; He will see you through it. 

May you know it to be so in your life. 


    Pastor Carol

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