I am struggling this morning coming up with words to share. My heart is broken by this recent string of mass shootings. So many lives lost. Each one a precious person. Yes, we pray God brings comfort and strength to all those impacted by the tragic violence. But we have to do more. We have a problem in our country. It is complex. There is not one single solution. We must start working together. Of all the scripture verses that come to mind this morning, the one that touches me deepest is, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9.
These are the words God spoke to Joshua, as he succeeded Moses. Joshua was feeling unsure about his leadership ability. God encouraged him. Be strong and courageous. They are words we need to heed. How can we as churches be strong and courageous, and provide leadership in our communities to work against gun violence, to work toward mental health, to care for those who are suffering? This is a moment to claim the powerful love of God and put our faith into action.
· May 29th Our Worship Beyond the Walls will be a time for Stories and Remembrances at the Mountain View Cemetery at 1:00. Bring a chair. We will host a time for the community to gather and share stories about the people buried in the cemetery. There are lots of special people and characters there. Let’s gather and honor their memory. Bring your friends!
· June 5th Patti will preach at Grace/8:00, Pine Creek and Zoom/9:30, and Holbrook/11. We will celebrate communion together.
We are having a farewell picnic for Pastor Patti on Sunday, June 5th beginning around noon at Sacajawea Park. Lee and Penny McNeill are coordinating it. You can contact them at (406)686-4907 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Luccock Park Camp Work Day
Luccock Park is hosting a work day this Saturday, May 24th at 10:00 am. Tasks for all abilities will be available. Let’s support this special place and help them get ready for the season! Lunch will be provided.
Current Small Group opportunities:
· Men’s Group All are welcome to join this lively gathering of men who discuss books and topics of the day. Join on Wednesdays at noon at Grace UMC.
· Women’s Small Group meets on Wednesday afternoons at 1:30 at Holbrook.
May the Lord bless you and keep you,
Park County United Methodist Ministries
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