From the Pastor’s Desk:
Easter Sunday has come and gone but the season of Easter lives on. The promises of Jesus’ Easter Resurrection allow us to hope for a brighter tomorrow among the darkness of today’s world. I think it is our responsibility as an Easter people to follow Christ example and reach out to our hurting world with love and caring. When we claim to believe in Jesus Christ then our actions should speak louder than our words. Yet too many of us spend more time talking about our faith than living out our claims of faith. I wonder if the picture we display in our daily life looks anything like the faith we claim to have. Today ask yourself are your actions in line with what you profess to believe? Are you willing to practice the faith that you are called to? Matthew 7:21 says: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” Let’s make it our goal to allow our actions to be guided by the Word of God and listen to the conscience that God has placed within our hearts. We should never allow our faith to be separate from our daily walk through life. Let’s weave our beliefs into the very fabric of our being and allow God’s love to shine though us. When you do, God will honor your good works, and your good works will honor God.
Farewell my Friends
On January 17, 1999 I preached my first sermon at Zion UCC as a lay member of the congregation. Following my retirement from Honeywell in 2003 I began taking L.I.F.E Classes at Eden Seminary to begin the process of becoming a Licensed Minister in the Illinois South Conference of the United Church of Christ. On December 3, 2006 I began my 10 and a half years of ministry at Concordia UCC in Belleville/Millstadt IL. It was a ministry filled with many of God’s blessings. Life was good and it seemed I would retire at Concordia but something stirred within my heart. I felt God was calling me to come back to Zion to love them and help heal their spirit. On April 30, 2017 I lead my “Farewell Service” at Concordia. It was a very emotional day but I felt in my heart that it was the right move. I accepted the call to serve as Zion’s Intentional Interim for 2 years. Those 2 years are quickly coming to an end and Treila and I will be retiring from Zion on May 26, 2019. I want to thank Zion for the love and acceptance you have shown not only to Treila and me but to our entire family. What a blessing it has been to serve in my home church along with my children and grandchildren. I want to thank Karen for putting up with me serving as my secretary and also for sharing her talents at the piano. She is a blessing to Zion for sure. In fear of inadvertently leaving someone out I just want to say “Thank You” to all who serve here at Zion in any capacity and to those who faithfully fill the pews on Sunday morning, you mean more than you will ever know. As Treila and I begin this new phrase in our lives we pray that God will soon send you a settled pastor who will love and appreciate you