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From the desk of Reverend, Carl Freeto

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“Ministry, Motives and Moving On”

Matthew 21:28-32 says, “Tell me what you think of this story: A man had two sons. He went up to the first and said, ‘Son, go out for the day and work in the vineyard.’ “The son answered, ‘I don’t want to.’ Later on, he thought better of it and went. “The father gave the same command to the second son. He answered, ‘Sure, glad to.’ But he never went. “Which of the two sons did what the father asked?” They said, “The first.”

We got Ministry: I’m excited about what is going on at LSUMC! It seems that we are finding ways to go work in our Father’s field! For example, our MOSS program is growing and serving people beyond our congregation (Thanks go to May and others). We have been blessed to become involved in the Mats for the homeless ministry (Thanks go out to Linda and Marie). The church has offered more than $2,000.00 in funds for relief efforts involving hurricanes and earthquakes. Our New Life Team (NLT) is involved in setting up our partnership with Central UMC and is asking the entire church to get involved in celebrating 50 years since we became UNITED Methodist. In April of 2018 LSUMC will coordinate a District wide celebration of the Anniversary to finalization the merger of the United Brethren and Methodist Churches in Dallas and the end of the Central Conference! The upcoming “Fair to Sell Your Wares” (Thanks to Marilyn) should prove to be a chance for us to work with our community and offer a place to gather. Even our Adult Sunday school, as grown to as many as 8 persons!

We got Motives:   You and I sometimes say “yes” to Jesus and then do not go out there and WORK for him. But today at LSUMC we are finding ways to WORK in Jesus’ fields. And why would we do that? To experience the joy, we have working for Jesus? And, it is great to feel that joy…   If our motives reveal our blessed savior to others, then all our “work” will be blessed.  

And we are Moving on: For instance, our relationship with St James is maturing and growing as we appreciate their great gifts and service for Christ. Our staff is moving on as well. You may not be aware, but LINDA MOSELEY, our very able Administrative Assistant to the pastor is leaving her position at LSUMC. She is planning a move to Arkansas and will step down as the Administrative Assistant at the church on October 31.   Meanwhile right in our own ranks, Marie Pitts has the skill and desire to begin serving as Linda Moseley’s replacement. She will begin working with Linda in the Office on October 2, 2017. And finally, LSUMC is moving on through the many guests who have been attending the church over the last few weeks (4 new people last Sunday).

Jesus said there were two sons, one agreed to work for their dad, the other never showed up. The first son rebelled and said he didn’t want to help, but then he went to work helping his dad. The second son, who agreed to help never showed up. Which one did what his father asked? No matter what we might have said, let’s do HIS will.

Your Brother in Christ,
Pastor Carl