A Greater Purpose

I love this prayer by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Use me, God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself.”
Isn’t this a simple and beautiful prayer. What more could we ask but to come to the end of our lives and know that we have taken who we are and who we wanted to be, and what we can do, and put it together for a greater purpose and a Power greater than ourselves. All of this would add up to doing God’s will and serving the common good. 
We will talk about this on Sunday, Read 1 Corinthians 12: 1 – 11 and reflect on who you are, who you want to be and the gifts and talents that God has given you. Are you allowing God to use you for a greater purpose?
Don’t forget our Martin Luther King celebration this coming Monday, January 21, from 11 to 2. I think this will be a gift to our community. Invite friends and let’s celebrate this great life. 
Other quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?”
“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”
“Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service… You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.”

Welcome Greg Fenton

I’m happy to announce to you that we have a new Operations Manager for our Neighborhood Services Center. Greg Fenton has been hired for this position. Greg has been one of our core volunteers for almost a year and a half. Many of the tasks of this position, Greg is already familiar with. He has proven himself time and time again. Please take the time to welcome and congratulate Greg.
I want to thank all of you for your generosity in the month of December. I have not yet seen a Treasurers Report for December or a year end report, but I can tell you that we had a very good month financially. Many friends of the Neighborhood Services Center gave generously as well as our own members. I will report more details later, but for now I just want to say thank you and thanks be to God! We are all in this work together.
Finally, I want to invite all of you to attend our Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Monday, January 21 (this is the national holiday for Dr. King). We will have a “I have a dream” walk starting at 11 AM that will circle the downtown area. Along the way we will stop to read quotes from Dr. King’s speeches and writings. From 12 to 2 we will have lunch and entertainment in the social hall. We will be blessed by the presence of other churches and community leaders. Let’s make sure we have a good showing from First UMC. 

Pastor Steve Lundin