First UMC Gonzales

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

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We are moving quickly into summer and celebrating the birth of the Church on Pentecost Sunday, June 4. Our 2017 Confirmation Class will begin meeting for the summer and early fall months to learn about the beliefs and practices of our faith and will be taught by Mr. Zack Pittman.

The Wednesday night studies have continued beyond Lent and Easter with the "I Want To Know" series. We have explored the basics of the Christian faith, the beginning and development of Methodism and the United Methodist Church and will move to our local church and how it fits in the bigger picture. In the fall, we plan to resume Wednesday studies in the Celebration Center with a meal, time for fellowship and engaging studies for all ages.

Looking forward, we have an opportunity to celebrate our national heritage and blessings both on Memorial Day Sunday, May 28, led by our Armed Services Committee and with a special Sunday celebration on July 2. We would like to have one service that morning at 10:00, followed by a church family meal and perhaps special music in the Celebration Center. This will be like a "dinner on the grounds with singing" but inside in the air conditioning. We will either have barbecue chicken or a pot-luck dinner that morning. We hope this will be a great celebration of our freedom to worship and share our faith, here in America!

Tom Hertwig, Dianne and I will be going to the Louisiana Annual Conference, in Shreveport, June 7 - 10. Tom, as a lay person and me as clergy, will represent FUMC in all of the business and reporting sessions. There will be resolutions, decisions as well as inspiring and worshipful events. We all look forward to the Ordination Service each year and seeing new faces enter into ministry. Dianne will attend the annual Clergy Spouse's Luncheon, which is a great time of reunion. Please pray for our safe travel and a peaceful, productive conference.

Pastor Steve