Welcome to the new appointments in the North District! The United Methodist Church engages in the practice of itinerancy. It is a system of deploying clergy across a conference in order to assure each congregation has the needed pastoral leadership.
This verse stuck with me as I was growing up in the church. Moving from a farm life to the city as a teenager was overwhelming and frightening for me. However, my grandmother would recite this verse in a form of a prayer. Somehow, she knew this verse would play a key role during my early years as a Methodist.
When we gather for our Annual Conference, I hope we will experience the joy of our ministry together.
Perhaps at first they talked of little things that spring evening. The upper room was dim with lamplight as Jesus sat with the twelve and remembered. Then quietly he said, “There is one here whose kiss will bring me betrayal by and by.” They did not look at Judas, but each man murmured, “Master, is it I?”
The news this morning highlighted a few words that Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes II said about one another as they waited for the Super Bowl. Mahomes spoke about how important it was to watch what the older player did on and off the field, saying it would make him a better quarterback. Brady talked about the many gifts the younger player brought to the game, saying he was sure that Mahomes would be in many more championship games in the future. It was a nice moment of character and respect shared in a news interview.