It is a Merry Christmas
It Is A Merry Christmas!
Brothers and Sisters of Front Street United Methodist Church, and friends and family connected to us, I want to take a moment to say thank you to each and every one of you! If you have participated in life with us, worshiped on Sundays (online and in person), helped build ramps, read scripture or led prayers, assisted the office staff like Tammy and Joanna and Pamela, volunteered for missions, organized projects, visited or brought flowers on behalf of the church, watched the At The Table series, shared the podcast from Aldersgate, told someone about our church, helped with Playschool or Afterschool with Becca and Katie, served on a leadership team, prayed for your church or your pastors, gave of your time and money to the youth and children programs with Chris and Melissa, pledged to give next year, sat in Bible studies, joined the prayer team, cheered for the beautiful music by Matt and Clay and all their people, invited your neighbors or friends, loved on our Eastlawn children, answered the phone when your pastor called, loved Ross as he retired and welcomed Ray and Jill as they joined, or connected with this church in anyway, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
If you ran out of breath while reading that list out loud, remember two things. First, that is only a small fraction of how you have participated in this community. Second, if it wasn’t for you none of those things would happen at all. It’s just the truth.
This last year has been full of change and transition for our church and our world. I don’t need to name them, because you already know them. But I will name one thing that has not changed. Through it all you not only stayed strong in, but actually grew in your faith in God. With grace you have taken bold steps forward into God’s plan for this church and community. By a fierce love you have pushed against the anger of the world and chose a better path. To all of which I again say thank you. Thank you for this example of Christian leadership, you people of salt and light!
I give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in my prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ! (1 Thessalonians 1:2-3)
And all of this thanks has me thinking… what will we do together next year! I can’t wait to find out! Merry Christmas!
-Pastor Stephan 


Last Published: December 7, 2022 11:03 AM
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