Mission and Ministry of The United Methodist Church

Las Vegas – We Stand With You

We here are GCFA stand in solidarity and love with the people of Las Vegas, Nevada against the brutal violence perpetrated against humanity late Sunday night.  When one part of the body is hurt, the entire body suffers.  It is only in love that such wounds can be healed.  We send our thoughts and prayers […]

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An Investment In the Kingdom

For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not […]

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Monday Meditation – Football Season

Football season is upon us.  So begins that great past time activity – Monday morning quarterbacking!  It is something pastors are familiar with only theirs is called Sunday afternoon pulpit preaching. This activity occurs when the game or sermon has been experienced and at the next available gathering time for fans or congregation members, attention […]

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A call to Love is a call to Love – EVERYONE. What?!

On Facebook, I have seen some examples of people of color loving neo-Nazis and white supremacists.  In forming intimate friendships, they have been able to love the hate out of them and become friends. If we are all made in the image of God, and thereby worth everything in God’s eyes, enough for God to […]

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Prayer for Texas and Louisiana

Embed from Getty Images Lord God, so many are in peril this day as rough waters surround so many in Texas and other areas nearby, literally and figuratively.  Lord we ask for your Son, the one to whom we can turn to in times of trouble to bring His peace to those in danger. Lord […]

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The Last Word : A Response to Charlottesville

 “I have decided to stick to love. For I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind’s problems…. He who has love has the key to ultimate reality.” Martin Luther King, Jr. I find myself in a turmoil this past weekend.  The events in Charlottesville, VA have disgusted and angered me in two […]

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Monday Meditation – Breathe

Mission is the church breathing; we inhale in worship and exhale in witness.  Dr. Dana L Robert. Rarely does mission and witness happen within the walls of the church building.  Instead, inside the sanctuary, fellowship hall and classrooms, we Christians fill our lungs and bodies full of the Holy Spirit.  We fill our minds with […]

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Dreaming Once Again

It is such a blessing to see the living truth of Ecclesiastes 4:9 – Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor – in the ministry of partnership between a UM Credit Union and Hope Ridge UMC. Rev.Beth Wilterdink writes: “The Credit Union [a member of United Methodist Credit […]

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Energetic Supporters

Booster [boo-ster] noun a person or thing that boosts, especially an energetic and enthusiastic supporter. Football teams have Boosters. Schools have Boosters. Can churches have Boosters? Jesus had Boosters.  Mary and Martha were two of his favorites.  “Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home.  She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the […]

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When it all comes together

Churches and their communities have worked together in ministry for a very long time.  Church outreach and community needs have blended to provide resources and spiritual support for the people they serve. Local churches oftentimes find that the needs of the community stretch their resources.  Many church leaders are constantly being creative and innovative in […]

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