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Friends, Jesus said, "Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear." I've been saying in past sermons that what Jesus tells us is for our own good, but it is so much more than that. "Do not worry..." is close to the top of the list of things that are for our own good. And in this day and age, the worries multiply like raindrops in the storm. We worry about...well, you can come up with your own list--I have a worry list of my own! So, join us in worship this Sunday as we dig deeper into what Jesus tells us in the Sermon on the Mount about worrying, and why we can overcome this seemingly insurmountable problem through God's love. I have a personal story to share, a witness of God's love that I pray will be faithful to the love given to me by our God of grace and glory. A word of thanks: May I share a magnificent thank you to BUMC for all that you have meant to our family and to me personally over these past 10 years of ministry together. It is a blessing beyond measure to serve Christ alongside of you. One of the most meaningful moments for me in worship each Sunday is when we offer our gifts back to God as we sing the Doxology together--"Praise God from whom all blessings flow." As I stand before the cross and the light shines brilliantly through the stainedglass windows, I cannot help but be moved by God's grace that has blessed us together so very much more than our imagining. And I am

eternally grateful for being able to witness the love of Christ in this place. Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow. Thank you for being that blessing to me. I believe with all my being that the best years of this church are ahead of us. With Christ, the best is yet to be. I will continually pray for you and your ministry in this community and around the world. "And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his wok until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns" (Philippians 1:6). Thank you for the humbling and joyful time of being your pastor. I look forward to seeing you in worship this Sunday! Finally, it was good to welcome Regan Cochran, Andrew Mitchell and Jack Settle as new members. Welcome to our church community. In gratitude for you, and in Christ's love,


Pastoral e-Note - May 14 Issue