Pastor's Corner for July 2018

As I'm writing this on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, I have been in my office at Broadmeadow for exactly 365 days...1 year.

As I look over this year that we've spent in ministry together, I can't help but give thanks for the welcome and acceptance you all have extended to me. 

Broadmeadow has its share of challenges. But, as we've been talking about on Sunday mornings this past month, I believe more than I did a year ago that God is at work here. And God has given us all the gifts and graces we could need to be effective witnesses to Christ's saving work in this community. 

I'm thankful for the year behind us, and I look forward to the next year. God is at work! Let's be at work with God.

"God At Work" Sermon Series

Throughout the books of 1 & 2 Samuel, we are invited to see God's radical grace at work in unexpected ways. The stories of Samuel's call, David's unlikely anointing as king and victory over Goliath, and his the lesser-known elegy where David mourns Saul and Jonathan and his official kingship is over all of Israel highlight the unexpected ways god is actively working among God's people. It is a challenge to our present-day lives as we perceive God working among us - calling us, responding to us, seeing us, leading us, saving us, and uniting us, even today. Come worship with us the next six weeks as we see "God At Work."

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Upcoming Charge Conference

Dear Member of Broadmeadow UMC,

 

At the May 6 meeting, Broadmeadow’s Board of Stewards voted to recommend that the congregation sell the church’s parsonage.

This recommendation comes after months of study and conversation. The decision was mainly based on the following factors:

·         Continued cost of upkeep of the parsonage

·         The most recent renters have terminated their lease and moved out

·         There is an interested buyer

The proposed sale of the parsonage is an important decision for Broadmeadow, and every member of the church has input.

In light of that, the West Jackson District Superintendent, the Rev. Dr. Stephen Cook, has officially called a Charge Conference for Broadmeadow for Sunday, May 20, at 11:30 am, immediately after worship. The Charge Conference will convene in the Fellowship Hall where we will enjoy a light lunch, have a time for questions and discussion, and vote on the issue at hand.

Anyone and everyone is invited to worship and lunch. However, only individuals on Broadmeadow’s membership roll will have a vote.

Please plan to attend this important meeting, and please be in prayer about this decision until then. Included is a list of questions the Board sent to Dr. Cook pertaining to a possible sale, and his answers. These will, hopefully, assist you in making an informed decision. If you have any further questions, please feel free to let me know, and I will do my best to get you answers.

In Christ,

Rev. Lance Presley

"Covenant" Lenten Sermon Series

Most of us have experienced signing some kind of contract or legal document. If you want to borrow money, buy a car, or rent an apartment, you have to sign on the dotted line. Contracts are built on distrust; on protecting ourselves in the event that the other party doesn't hold up their end of the bargain. Yet, healthy human relationships are built on trust, and we can only trust when we make ourselves vulnerable. The deepest and most eternal trust that undergirds our souls comes from a relationship with God, who has given all to be with us and keeps not only God's promises, but ours as well, in an unbreakable love known as "covenant."

You're invited to join us this Lenten season as we discuss trusting in God's everlasting covenant with us!

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Pastor's Corner for January 2018

Jan. 1 annually brings with it the hope that things are going to be different this year. 
This is the year I'll get in shape. This is the year I'll quit smoking. This is the year I'll read more and watch TV less.
We make resolutions and promises. Unfortunately, most of those resolutions fall by the wayside pretty quickly. By the time February rolls around, we find that the new year seems pretty much just like the old one.
We shouldn't be surprised. Change doesn't happen accidentally. It doesn't happen without intention.
Wanting to be in shape doesn't happen if you don't get a gym membership, grab a partner, and go ever every day. You'll never quit your bad habit if you keep spending your money on it. You'll never read more if you keep turning the television on as soon as you get home.
But, the beauty of the New Year is, just like God's grace, it keeps coming around. We have chance after chance to make a change...to work toward something better. And we have yet another chance to be intentional about it.
What new thing is God calling you to this year? What new thing is God calling Broadmeadow to this year?
More importantly, what are you willing to do to make this new thing a reality?

Pastor's Corner for December 2017

Nobody's really likes Advent. 
See, Advent is all about waiting. And, seriously, who likes waiting?
Sure, we like the things we're waiting for. In this case, we love Christmas. We love the lights, the presents, the carols. But, waiting for those things? Blah.
So, most of us just don't. We skip right to Christmas. We start singing "Joy to the World" as soon as Thanksgiving's over (or, maybe Halloween). 
But, Advent is important for the very reason we'd rather not deal with it. Advent makes us slow down in a season that tempts us to run at full speed. Advent invites us to notice things we would rush right by.
Look, I'm not going to try to tell anyone not to listen to Christmas music until December 24. It's already playing around my house. But, I do hope that you pause. I hope that you breathe. I hope that you take a moment to notice God in the busyness of the season.

One thing I hope all of you do is bring one new person to church with you this month. Just one. It can be a friend, a relative, a neighbor, or a complete stranger. Invite them to slow down for just a moment and join you in the expectation and excitement of Advent.