Dublin First United Methodist Church
Sunday, July 21, 2019
To reach, teach and serve others in the name and love of Jesus Christ

Pastors Message

Pastors Weekly Message

July 21th, 2019

Hello Dublin! I pray that you are having a good week. 
This week we will continue our Listening Groups.  You and your family are invited!    Each group is open for anyone to attend.  Come meet your pastor!  We collectively form the body, and each part is needed to make up the whole body (1 Corinthians 12).
Group #3: Linc and Kathy Jones, 165 Ed Swinson Rd; Wed, July 24 @ 7 pm
Group #4: Dustin and Rachel Gay, 891 Bobby Jones Rd; Wed, July 31 @ 7 pm
Group #5: Jack and Jenny Owen, 1618 Bellevue Rd; Sun, August 4 @ 2 pm
Please pick the location and time that works for you and come prepared to participate with your new pastor!  I look forward to interacting with you.  For those who cannot drive late in the evening, please consider coming to the Owen’s home at 2 pm on August 4.  Many thanks to Morris and Dina Hester who hosted 30+ people at our first Listening Group.  A great time was had by all!  It is clear that you love your church AND that you want the children and youth to be valued in all that we do.  Thanks for your heartfelt participation!
We are creating a new pictorial directory in the month of August.  Our two weekends to take pictures are August 9-11 and August 16-18.  Sign ups are available in Listening Groups and Sundays.  Your chosen family picture will go into the directory.  You will receive a directory and 8x10 at no cost & be able to purchase additional pictures as desired.  I look forward to seeing your beautiful family in our directory!
Faith Patel has served admirably as our Administrative Assistant for the last five years.  Faith's winsome personality and strong work ethic are very apparent to me in the short time I have worked with her.  Faith's family is in the process of purchasing Picante's Mexican Restaurant on Rice Avenue.  Faith's mother-in-law will run the rear of the restaurant while Faith will be in charge of all things in the front.  As such, she will leave us to pursue this endeavor on July 31.  Pray for Faith and her family as they embark upon this new venture.  I asked Faith, "Are you sure you want to do this?  You know the restaurant business is not 9-5 and it requires the owner to be very present much of the time!  There is still time to change your mind and stay."  She assured me that she feels called!
We will be looking for a new Administrative Assistant.  If you know of someone who would be a great fit for our church and possesses social media skills, is computer savvy with bulletins and internet software applications, works well with others, has a friendly presence on the phone and in person, and has a good work ethic, let us know!  We want the right person to take Faith's place.  Have interested candidates e-mail their resume to Ted Short (tshortvt@bellsouth.net).  We want the right person God has in store for us, so please pray as well!  The job will be open until filled.  
This Sunday, we will continue our sermon series on leadership.  Our sermon title will be, “The Leader God Blesses Values Things Old and New” and the Scriptures will be Isaiah 43:15-21 and Matthew 9:14-17 (NRSV).
On Monday, July 22, it will be Dublin First UMC night at Adrian Campground.  I will be MCing the evening and Dr. Bob Moon will be preaching.  Our musicians will lead the music.  North Central District Camp Meeting at Adrian is nightly July 21- 24 at 7 pm.
God is always blessing our lives, even when we are not aware of it.  Since life is hard, sometimes we only see the blessings of God in the rearview mirror, but God’s blessings are there.  So for now,
Blessings, Barry
Senior Pastor, Dublin First United Methodist Church