My Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Happy June! I hope and pray all is well with you, your wonderful families and all GOD has entrusted to you.
In June, I will begin my twenty-eighth year of ministry; seven of those years were spent as a missionary in Mexico and a youth director at St. Luke’s UMC in Windermere before sensing a call to ordained ministry which began for me in 1998. All during those years I have heard rumors and whispers of rumors that there was a time when life would slow down during the summers at church. Not Here! Not Now!
Our church has already spent most of May and will be spending the first half of June getting ready for Vacation Bible School which begins on Monday evening, June 18th and continues through Friday evening, June 22nd. This year’s theme is “Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus” and I am really excited to see how the Holy Spirit moves and blesses the world through everyone’s hard work and fun! Be on the lookout for any children you know or see who would be blessed by our VBS – children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, neighbors, etc. By the way, we need as many volunteers as we can get – the more the merrier! You are all invited to get “Shipwrecked.” Please see Erin Keelor or Holley Lane for more information.
Our church will also be about mission in other parts of our nation this year as our Director of Student Ministries, Pam Szymczyk and her wonderful team lead our Senior High School youth on a mission trip from June 23—30 to Texas to serve with and help the community of St. Augustine, Texas continue to rebuild from Hurricane Harvey. Later in the summer, Pam and her team will lead our Middle School youth to Steubenville, Ohio where they will serve this struggling community in a variety of ways. Please see Pam for more information on how you can help our youth serve others this summer.
Junior Velasquez is heading down to Venezuela in early July to teach and train at a conference for local pastors and missionaries in remote Colombia and Venezuela. I am sure there are many others as well who will be involved in mission and service here or away this summer. Please keep them all in your prayers.
Summer should also be a time for rest and relaxation, Sabbath if you will. I sincerely hope each of you has the opportunity to vacation this summer in some way, even if it is a staycation nearby to rest, recover, recharge and revive. But, make no mistake, our church here at First United Methodist Church in Port St. Lucie will be as faithful and busy as ever seeking after Jesus and making Him real to the community around us. Rather than experiencing any kind of slump this summer, I am praying for and anticipating a summer where our faithfulness to God is extremely exhibited through our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service and our witness. I look forward to seeing you often this summer and watching what God continues to do in and through us to draw the world to Himself.
May GOD richly bless you as you richly bless all those around you by living and loving like Jesus.
In the Amazing Love of Jesus Christ,