This is our big week! We have been waiting a long time for this coming Sunday... 175 years to be exact. As I have thought about what this past year has been like, I can only imagine the rich history that has taken place in this sacred space. I can only imagine the songs that have been sung, the prayers that have been prayed, the sermons that have been preached. There, no doubt, have been happy occasions such as baptisms, confirmations, weddings, as well as sad occasions. There is one common theme throughout each of these happenings: we are family. This group of people that have been worshipping for 175 years, this group of people called “Methodists” are a family. We are united by our love for Christ, our love for each other, and our love for community. Together we are stronger.

There are many opportunities for you to serve God in this place. We are called to be the hands and feet of Christ, and we are certainly doing that. Remember, it isn’t always easy to go where we are sent, to do what we are called to do. What gifts do you have that can be used to the Glory of God and to the benefit of God’s church? We need you. We need you to be a part of the family. We are stronger together. We do not know what the future will hold for us, yet we press on and go where it is we feel God is calling us to go.

Let us press on, in the love of Jesus Christ our Lord. Grace and Peace, Dakota