224 Broad Street / P.O. Box 178 Mason, Tx. 76856
Every time I think of you I give thanks to God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the good news about Christ…And I am certain that God, who began a good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
Every time I think of you I give thanks to God…. That statement rings in my thoughts and words when I think of the Body of Christ at here at FUMC. During the last several months, in the midst of a very full schedule, we have received a weekly meal from several “anonymous angels.” And although I love to cook, it has been the greatest gift to be able to come home late and have a meal waiting for me to just to warm up. It’s almost like having a wife! I also hear about how many of you pray for us on a regular basis. WE NEED IT, and we are grateful for all of your prayers. I am constantly reminded of how well this congregation loves and exhibits that love in tangible ways – calling to check on each other, stopping by to visit folks who are no longer as active as they once were, volunteering to support those who are going through a rough time, serving as Friends in the Faith to our confirmands. There are so many beautiful expressions of God’s love in this congregation. All of you look like God with skin on.
I love to tell people about the great work God is doing in the lives of all of you! Sometimes I feel like I’m bragging when I tell people about the great ministry here in Mason. As a Body of Christ, we are truly blessed. The Spirit is moving in a mighty way in Mason County! God is not finished here, that’s for sure. God is working in us and through us, continuing the work he began here, and faithful to complete it “until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Sometimes we feel tired, and think we just can’t do one more thing for the Kingdom, but the Holy Spirit gives us the strength we need to complete the work which God began in us - and we still have much work to do!
There are so many people outside the walls of this church who are hungering for a relationship with God, but who feel uncomfortable coming into our building. There are many reasons for this, and none of them matter. What matters is that we are willing to overlook their resistance and fear, and go outside to meet them where they are. The early church had one goal – to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. John Wesley’s goal for the early Methodist Church was “to spread scriptural holiness throughout these lands, and to flee from the wrath to come.” The goal of the modern day United Methodist Church is to “make disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Throughout the history of the Church, the goal has always been to share the Message, to share our story with those who are unacquainted with it, or whose memories of it have begun to fade due to their not hearing it in a very long time.
May we be the hands and feet of Christ, known in Mason County as “those Christians who are not afraid to talk about Jesus, and who are not afraid to walk into unfamiliar places to do it.”