Ephesians 4:12 Forest City United Methodist Church Church

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Greetings Church Families!

Summer is almost “done and dusted,” … well, not quite. I see the official first day of autumn, marked by the Autumnal Equinox, falls on Monday, September 23 in the U.S. But the school year begins the week I am
writing this, August 23. I can’t tell you how excited I am to enter a season of activity and ministry again after the “summer lull.”

I must confess, if I am writing “From the Pastor’s Heart,” that I am feeling somewhat disillusioned and depressed due to the poor response of our members, numerically and financially, over the summer. We are at the point that, if we do not catch up on the “summer lull” of generosity of “time, talent, and treasure,” we will not be able to sustain our present levels of staffing and ministry!

BUT, I have always been a person of faith and, to encourage me, God has given me a glorious song; “Glorious Unfolding” by Steven Curtis Chapman. The lyrics spoke straight to my heart with great encouragement. Let me share them with you as God’s promise to us this fall:

 Lay your head down tonight
Take a rest from the fight
Don't try to figure it out
Just listen to what I'm
   whispering to your heart
'Cause I know this is not
Anything like you thought
The story of your life was 
   gonna be
And it feels like the end has  
   started closing in on you
But it's just not true
There's so much of the story
   that's still yet to unfold

And this is going to be a
   glorious unfolding
Just you wait and see and you
   will be amazed
You've just got to believe the
   story is so far from over
So hold on to every promise God has made to us
And watch this glorious
   unfolding
God's plan from the start
For this world and your heart
Has been to show His glory
   and His grace
Forever revealing the depth
   and the beauty of
His unfailing love
And the story has only begun

And this is going to be a
   glorious unfolding
Just you wait and see and you
   will be amazed
You've just got to believe the
   story is so far from over
So hold on to every promise God has made to us
And watch this glorious
   unfolding

CCLI Song # 7004488 Steven Curtis Chapman © One Blue Petal Music (Admin. by BMG Chrysalis US) For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved

 I am really excited about our FALL and ADVENT season programs because I believe that through your involvement in and support of the programs, God’s “GLORIOUS UNFOLDING” will take place in and through our beloved church.

May we all be “Blessed to Be a Blessing!”

Your Pastor, Les

305 South Clark Street - Forest City, IA 50436
Phone: 641-585-3281 Email: fcumc@wctatel.net