Message from Pastor Mark

November 2017

Dear Friends,

AWESOME!  That is how I would describe Magnolia UMC and my family’s first four months serving here.   This church’s hospitality, love, and warm welcome has been absolutely AWESOME!   Our feeling is that the people of Magnolia UMC are beautiful people of God with hearts full of love for each other and the people they serve. 

It all begins with Sunday Worship at 10:30 am.  It is an honor to have:

All-Saints Sunday as we honor and remember loved ones who have gone on to the Lord this year.

Our Finance Team has launched our annual Stewardship Campaign.  We will be hearing “Stewardship Moments” from them in the next weeks ahead, with our “Commitment Sunday” on Nov. 12.  With so many changes in our church and the Harvey setback, we are a little bit behind.  But with the beautiful and generous congregation of Magnolia UMC, we have faith that we can catch up the end of the year as we consider how we can worship God with our time, treasures, and talents through our stewardship campaign.

 

Then, coming up, we will have:

Annual Senior Thanksgiving Dinner is Wed. Nov. 15 at 10:30 am.  Magnolia has a long-standing tradition of honoring and blessing our seniors in the community by providing a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner.

Our Cluster Charge Conference (with our DS and 6 other UMC churches) will meet on Nov. 17 at Waller UMC.   The Ad Council voted unanimously last night (Oct. 24) to approve our 2018 Leadership Team and Budget.    It was a joy to have our District Superintendent Rev. Kip Gilts (within our episcopal polity, he is like our “district manager”) wrap up our “Rising Strong!” sermon series with “The United Methodist Church is Rising Strong!” last Sunday.

Christmas Eve Dec. 24 will be very special this year.  We will have a family an All-Family Christmas Eve Service at 5:00. 

We’ll be hosting a Float in the “Magic of Christmas Celebration” Magnolia Christmas Parade Dec 2.

 

AWESOME is not only how I am praying for this Sunday, but how my experience has been with Magnolia UMC. 

The investing in our property by the remodeling of the parsonage and re-roofing of the sanctuary with all of the labor of love from so many has been profoundly moving. 

Investing in the next generation by bringing on a new Youth and Children’s Director and starting programs for youth and children (Youth Sunday, Confirmation Class, Acolytes) is attracting all kinds of families to our church family. 

The investing in others by our response to Hurricane Harvey has blessed so many that we don’t even know) who are in desperate need.

The investing in ourselves through fellowship and meaningful work at the Church Bazaar (with our  UMM & UMW leading) was amazing to see our people come together and work hard. 

Many visitors and new (and old) members have increased our worship attendance, and we have been blessed to recently welcome the youngest member of our church with infant baptism

The vision, discernment, and teamwork with our investment in the Colinasway process is bearing fruit as we implement some of these creatively innovative ideas together.

It is awesome what God’s team can do together as Magnolia UMC! I hope you are not overwhelmed at all of the awesome things Magnolia UMC has been, is now, and will be involved in!  But I simply wanted to share with you the AWESOME things God is doing through you, your family, and Magnolia UMC!

God bless you, your family, and Magnolia UMC, and have an AWESOME day!

Pastor Mark
markwelshimer@gmail.com
832-714-1099

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