PASTOR’S PEN
 

An Angel Is Coming!

This Sunday, August 1, I am excited to announce that you will have a guest preacher and presider at communion, Rev. Angel Rivero. Angel serves the Marina UMC and the East Salinas UMC. It is our hope to nurture a closer relationship between our three churches and so I will be preaching and presiding in Marina while Angel is here with you. Please take the time to welcome Angel and introduce yourself to him. 

The announcement of our kitchen and restroom renovation project has gone out! By the end of August we will receive bids and choose a contractor. Thanks be to God! Please keep this process in your prayers that we will move ahead and get this job done. 

Blessings my friends,

 

Pastor Steve 

 



“… it is foundational …”

Tonight (Thursday March 4, at 6:30 PM) we are starting a zoom Bible Study. If you are interested, send me an email and I will send you the link. If you are interested but a little nervous, because perhaps you have never attended a Bible study before, let me reassure you — you don’t have to know a lot ahead of time. Maybe you aren’t sure how to find your way around in the Bible, don’t worry. we will go slow. Maybe you don’t have a Bible. That’s okay — I will help you get one. Sometimes with Bible study, the less you know the better. You don’t come with a whole lot of preconceived notions or training from the past that may not have left a good taste in your mouth. Sometimes what we know, muddies the water, making spiritual insight difficult. Sometimes there is unlearning to do. .
 
It looks like we are going to spend most of our time in the Gospel of John. That is the 4th book of the New Testament. We will look at context and historical setting, we will read the passage several times from different translations, talk about what it might have meant to the original listeners, and then reflect on what it is saying to us and to the church today. 
 
One thing you can be sure of — when you listen on Sunday to the sermon, you will be listening more carefully and be more engaged. 
 
Speaking of the Bible, theologian Marcus Borg said, “As Christian sacred scripture, it is foundational for Christianity.”
 
Perhaps you are not ready for Bible study but want to start reading the Bible more. The Upper Room daily devotional or the Upper Room Disciplines would be a good start. Let me know if you would like a copy of one of these. 
 
Blessings,
 
Steve



Pastor Steve Lundin