First UMC Gonzales

Pastor's Note
From the desk of Rev. Steve Berger, Senior Pastor

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                                                         FALL FOCUS AT FUMC

We welcome October here in the deep south because of the promise of lower temperatures, seeing long lasting fall sunsets, hearing migrating geese and ducks in the sky and football. This time of the year means getting our house in order for close of the year and celebration of Advent and Christmas as well as planning our gifts and goals for the new year. Therefore, we will focus on our values and our level of generosity with a campaign called "Defying Gravity" during the last two weeks in October and into November. "Defying Gravity" is a study by Rev. Tom Berlin, the Senior Pastor of Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, VA, where he has served since 1997. In introducing his program, he states; "Our possessions can create unbearable weight and affect our ability to serve and thrive. How do we defy gravity and find freedom in Christ?" The answers for you may be in exploring what is required to sustain a vibrant life, what we need versus what we want and what we can do to avoid being overwhelmed by the weight of our possessions. Our emphasis will begin the week of October 21 and conclude with a church-wide celebration meal on November 11, which will also be observed as Veteran's Day. Start praying now for this important stewardship emphasis and that we will all grow in our discipleship and our commitment to the ministries of this church and beyond.

"Trunk of Treat" at 5:00 p.m. on October 28th is not just for kids! Although we love to see all the super heros and princesses here at church, we need all adults to come and be a part of this offering to our community. So many of your graciously decorated your vehicles last year and arrived in costume. We need everyone's support for this gift of a safe and "scary-free" event to come and welcome visitors to our campus with a big FUMC smile and a few treats. This is one of the outreach events when we seek to reach new families in our community or those who are looking for a good church home. Contact Barbara Roy or the church office if you would like to decorate your trunk. But, even if you don't, we still could use you to welcome families and get to know them!

God is blessing us with a great year of ministry through you, so pray that we will finish strong with the resources needed to "Transform lives to love like Jesus".

Grace and peace,
Pastor Steve