Many of you know already that I was called and asked to add Trinity United
Methodist Church to my call to ministry by Bishop Ough and the District
Superintendent, Mark Miller. There was a lot of prayer on their part before asking
me followed by prayer on my part before I accepted the appointment. This does
not change the service time for Gilbert or the amount of time I give to Gilbert. It
does require a change in time for the Admin Council since their service is at 11:15
a.m. and I won’t be able to participate in coffee an’, but my doctor will be happy
about that. I truly feel that this is what God wants and feel both congregations will
benefit from the situation. Financially, this will assist Gilbert with the cost of my
travel for schooling and my attendance at MN Annual Conference. Trinity will have
a United Methodist pastor serving them. Both churches will still have a quarter
time pastor, and I will be serving half time. I also feel there is an opportunity to
share in ways that we have not seen or thought of at the moment. It will be a new
experience for both churches to be on equal footing with their partner church in
our service to God and each of our communities. I believe God has opened a door
for both churches and I wait with excitement to see what He has planned.
It is hard to believe that school is back in session for another school year. With that
comes fall, so far the gardens are still producing although I have picked three of
the four apple trees since the apples were falling. You did a great job donating
school supplies for the Gilbert School this year. We have several totes of supplies
that we were scheduled to deliver the last week of August. The final tally will be
announced in church when I finally tally all my notes.
The new Bible Study or as some have been known to call it “Book Club,” will be
starting on Tuesday, September 10 th at 3:00 p.m. at the church. It is “Forgiveness”
written by Adam Hamilton this year. We ask for a $10.00 donation to cover the
cost of the books. If you are interested please contact me and know friends are
also welcome. It is not too late to join the group.
Personally I enjoy the fall season, but I also like cooler temperatures. I am always
amazed with the beauty of God’s nature. The fall colored leaves that are just
starting to show one here and there. The beauty of the reflection of those colors
on a still lake surpasses any photo or painting we can produce, although I do enjoy
seeing those photos and paintings the rest of the year. The air seems fresh and
cleaner on those crisp early morning walks. Take time to enjoy this season of color,
by yourself, with a friend or better yet with your family.
Take care of yourselves and your loved ones. God Bless each of you have.
Remember He is always only a prayer away.
Pastor Mary Lou
Sundays 9:30 AM
1st Sunday of each Month
For Children 9:30 AM
Children begin in the santuary upstairs and leave after the children's sermon.
Please call us at 218-741-1614 or fill out our contact form.
Gilbert Community Church United Methodist
202 W Wisconsin Ave
Gilbert, MN 55741