Friday, January 27, 2017

Pastor's Column


                                      Season of Change

     It’s springtime and the world around us is changing! Our flowers are blooming, the birds are singing and our allergies are active! Unfortunately, there is a flip side to every coin.  For all of the promise and beauty of spring we also have to deal with watery eyes and sneezing.  Life is filled with mixed emotions and trade offs.  For every beautiful springtime bloom, there are pollen spores that coat our cars and aggravate our allergies.  Life is always changing!
      As United Methodists, we also experience change in our church families and this is the season of change.  As we’ve all learned over the past few weeks, we will have a pastoral change in our church family.  We will be receiving Rev. Matt Treherne as our new pastor in June.  Matt will be coming to us from Birmingham UMC, in the Milton community, where he serves as a minister to youth.  We’ll learn more about Matt in the weeks to come.
     I have been appointed pastor of Princeton UMC in Athens. I am excited about my new appointment and that I will be near my children who live in the Athens area. Yet with all my excitement and hopes for my new appointment, I am also feeling sadness about leaving you, my church family.  One of the difficult parts of being a United Methodist is that we believe in an itinerate system of pastors.  I have served with you and we have shared in the work and love of Christ together. I have felt loved and supported by your acts of Christian kindness and fellowship. Like the seasons changing, there are flip sides to this coin, too!
     The thing that comforts and inspires me about the upcoming changes for our church family is that God, the God who called our church into existence, is big enough to go with me to Athens and stay with you here as Matt serves as your pastor. I believe that God was very much the guiding presence that brought us together as brothers and sisters in Christ.  I trust God to be with us during this season of change and that God has wonderful plans for all of us as we serve together to offer the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world and our communities.
     Thank you for loving me and supporting me and my family as we have served together. May God continue to guide and bless us as we journey in this changing season!


Blessings,
The Friar