November 6, 2020
Dear friends and members of First United Methodist Church,
Holy Scripture encourage us to regularly come to the Lord with thanksgiving for all of our wonderful blessings. Why? Because expressing gratitude has a very positive effect on our experience of life. Even faith-neutral psychologists have figured out that there are wonderful benefits to having an attitude of gratitude!
For what are you most thankful? Speaking for myself, in addition to the usual litany of things for which I'm grateful—my health, family, a roof over my head—I can say without reservation that my call to serve here in Port Huron is proving to be a great reason to give thanks to God! I am blessed to work with a caring and gifted staff. This is full of loving people who are committed growing in their faith. Our congregation is full of leaders with a servant's heart. We are blessed with a beautiful and functional facility which glorifies God and is a place where we can connect with the community. And we are a congregation committed to service in the name of Jesus Christ. Good ministry is happening here, and God is doing great things through our church! There is truly much for which we can be thankful!!!
On Sunday, November 22, you will have the opportunity to express your own gratitude for God’s blessings by participating in our Consecration Sunday celebration. During worship that day we will lay before God our vows of gratitude as signs of our support of the ministries of Port Huron First UMC for the coming year. The five types of support I am asking you to prayerfully consider will include:
Participation in church life ('presence')
Serving others ('service')
Please note how each of these areas of support are a way of living into the United Methodist membership vow.
Under normal circumstances, we would invite everyone to be a part of the celebration by coming to worship and sticking around for a delicious community meal. However, given the current restrictions, we will have to wait until next year (hopefully!) to do that. So, this year, we are asking you to present your Covenant Folder in one of three ways:
If you register to be in worship on November 22, bring it with you and bring it forward during the service.
Using the portico, drop it off at the church on November 22 between 9 – 9:30am. Someone will be standing there with a basket. Your Covenant Folder will be consecrated during the worship service.
Return it to the church by either "snail mail" or email. If you use the email option, you may scan the Covenant Folder, fill it in, and attach it; or you may download the Covenant Folder from the church website, fill it in, and attach it.
Your Covenant folder will be mailed out to you on Monday, November 16.
I believe you are one of the many in our church family who are deeply committed to this church, and to helping us do ministry that transforms lives and helps make disciples of Jesus Christ. It’s also my belief that you would like to be involved in our Consecration Sunday event in one way or another.
May you sense God’s wonderful blessings in your own life as together we endeavor to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in our community—and around the world.
In service to you,
Pastor Drew Hart