Dear Church Family,
Greetings from Portland, OR. I’ll be here for the next 5 days completing the on-site portion of my doctoral studies at George Fox University.
Although it has been a challenge to get back into the routine of being a student after graduating from seminary 19 years ago, I feel like God is using this season of life and ministry to help me become more effective in my witness to our risen Lord here at Custer Road and beyond. As such, I pray that my studies are having a tangible impact upon my preaching and practice of ministry.
While I know school is out for nearly everyone else, please don’t let the summer pass you by without doing a little learning yourself. We are excited to be offering a number of short and single-session Bible studies on a wide variety of topics this summer. We’re diving into what the Bible has to say about everything from prayer and leadership to faith and fitness.
Personally, I’m looking forward to our “Face-To-Face with the Pastor” meetings as I’ll have an opportunity to meet with many of you in small groups to discuss our passions, hopes and desire for our shared ministry here at Custer Road.
Discipleship is one of the Five Pillars we identified as being key to our future growth as a church, and classes like the ones we are offering this summer are a critical component of going further in your spiritual journey. I truly hope you’ll take advantage of the wonderful opportunities we’re making available. To see the full list of available classes, dates and times and to register, click here.
Earlier this week, clergy and lay leaders from our church participated in the North Texas Annual Conference at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano. For the second year in a row, our communications team produced the ordinand videos that are shown as new clergy is officially introduced to the conference before their ordination. It was an especially meaningful undertaking this year as our very own Rev. Tim Morrison was able to stand with his daughter Jenna as she was ordained as an Elder in the church. I can only imagine how proud Tim and Lynda are. Jenna is currently serving as Associate Pastor at First United Methodist church in Rockwall.
I love this picture Jenna shared on Facebook of her father and grandfather kissing her cheeks! She has been given an incredible legacy of faith, and I can’t wait to see where ministry takes her in the years to come.
Speaking of Tim, many of you prayed for him faithfully as he took part in the 2016 General Conference of the United Methodist Church. It was an important time in the life of our denomination. This Sunday, June 12, you’ll have an opportunity to hear him speak in depth about what transpired at the conference and his feelings on the outcome of different legislation. If you’d like to attend one of two town hall meetings, it’s being held in the choir room, B40 at 9 and 10:30 a.m.
Finally, Pastor Sharon will conclude “The Third Person” sermon series this week. My prayer is that you’ve been inspired as we’ve looked at the role of the Holy Spirit in the world and in our lives. I hope you will be able to attend worship on Sunday and invite a friend.
See you next Sunday,
Reverend Kory Knott
Senior Minister, Custer Road United Methodist Church
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