Coffee With the Pastor
While preparing to write this I was visited by Pastor Vern Hoffman who recently retired from his work with Healing Communities of West Michigan. This group is a strong advocate for men and women caught up in our criminal justice system and ministers to those who are being released, to help them get situated back into community. South UMC has been recognized as one of those welcoming churches for those discharged. While we may not see much happen in this area, we are recognized as one of those churches who extend themselves to those in need. We are also part of a ministry that writes to prisoners to encourage them while they are in jail. Jesus told us when we minister to the least of these, we minister unto Him and vice versa. He also tells us the fields are white unto harvest and to pray for laborers. As I consider these things it does make me proud to be the pastor of such an outstanding people. I am concerned about the future of our body but know it is carrying out a vital ministry to those who are hurting. I ask you to join me in prayer as we seek God’s direction in these times. These are challenging times and calls for a deeper commitment to be the people of God to our community. South UMC has risen to that challenge in the past and I am confident will continue to do so.
Hope to see you on Sunday