Dear Glen Mar friends,
“Hope this card finds you all doing well….My husband and I want to thank you all for helping give our 5 kids a Christmas. We have four boys and one little girl. And it was such a blessing to us to have the love joy and help you all brought to this family. It’s been a really rough year for us and you all really showed so much love and brought our children so much joy come Christmas morning. We could never thank you all enough. So from the bottom of our hearts and all of our family, thank you, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and may God bless you.”
That card found its way to our office this week. It is from a Wish Upon a Star family and a great example of what happens when people use their gifts to bless others—a prime example of “blessed to be a blessing.” I’m so proud to be the pastor of a church that understands this so well.
Coming up, we have the chance to serve by buying supplies for bag lunches for our cold weather shelter friends and/or assembling prepackaged sandwiches or delivering those lunches for our CWS week (1/31-2/7). This Sunday is the last signup day. https://link.edgepilot.com/s/2a0b572b/OImsUQrHdE69RyOrcfyY-w?u=https://glenmarumc.org/events/cold-weather-shelter/
What a great way to share the love of Christ with people who are in need of food, shelter and love!
There’s also the opportunity to join with our neighbors in having “courageous conversations” around race and religious bias coming up online. This is a good way to model the “ministry of reconciliation” to which we are all called and to forge ties of friendship and listening in a polarized time. https://link.edgepilot.com/s/be482c0a/PdgEP5VttUOTj1NdunPXqQ?u=https://www.hococourageousconversations.com/
I also wanted to take a moment to celebrate a disciple that was “grown” here at Glen Mar. Our own Dan Eschliman has been blessing us with his musical gifts on a part-time basis for several years. You may recall that he led our 5 pm Saturday service and often was seen singing or playing several parts in videos. Throughout this time, Dan has worked with Wesley Freedom UMC as their music director and other roles and has now been hired on a more full-time basis with expanded duties there. This means we will lose Dan as a member of our paid staff, but we rejoice that we can always call him one of our own. Notes of thanks can be emailed to Dan at email@example.com.
Join us this week for worship as we look at the common calling that we all share as Christians (no matter what our individual gifts might be)—it’s a call to “become new” by the power of the Holy Spirit, and to be ambassadors for Christ, showing our faith through good works, blessing others in Christ’s name.
See you in Church (in person or online)