Dear MUMC Family,
I hope and trust that you are doing well. I am happy to see the different activities and events that are taking place in our church and with the help of our people. My hope is that we can build on them and that together we can build up on the initiatives already started by others and keep Memorial blooming!
As some (if not all!) of you may be aware, my family and I moved in the parsonage a couple of months ago, at the beginning of Spring we started a small garden. Also during Spring we started enjoying many of the trees and greenery around us. Something that should be evident is that we did not build the house nor planted the trees and flowers around us, yet somebody else did! Some of the flower beds have perennials which spring back to life every year and the beautiful dogwoods and other trees that not only bring about beautiful flowers but a delicate aroma as well – something to be expectant of every Spring. Once again, somebody else planted them and now I am enjoying its benefits– and to the best of my abilities taking care of them. The same is true for our church and its ministries!
As you know we are about to celebrate our 150+1 anniversary (yes I know 151 anniversary, but I guess I like math). One of the things that I always mention to people when I talk about Memorial is how honored I am to take part on the legacy of hundreds of people who have served throughout the years. Every week I like to walk down the halls and see the commemorations and inscriptions in different rooms (not to mention the two large concrete plaques at the entrance dating back to the end of the 1800's), and at times spending some minutes reflecting on the names written on the tree of life by one of the entrances. How wonderful it is that some people have dedicated their finances and their lives to keep and maintain our beautiful church and its people. As I do with the parsonage and certainly do with out church: I do not take this for granted! I like telling people that the best way to honor all these years of tradition and labor is to work hard to pass this church and its ministries blooming to the next generation and pray and trust that they will do the same; Memorial will not wither with us but rather blooms as perennials every year.
I am happy to say that so far we have been doing just so! I was glad to see all of our volunteers helping – and having fun! – during our kids fun day as well as well as all the other events that we have now fixed in our monthly calendar (hint: game night!). Likewise, it was awesome to have our potluck casual Sunday service, something that we are looking to fixed in our monthly calendar as well. During Potluck Casual Sundays someone came to me and told me that he felt the service was too short, to which I responded, "you mean you would want longer services?" "yes" he answered! So for all of you be warned, I am about to get chattier – just kidding, I am happy that people are enjoying the services to the point that time feels shorter!
We are still planning a number of events for the upcoming months. Make sure you make a point to collaborate whether in the form of volunteering or simply attending and inviting people to come with you (and not only to special events but to our worship services as well). Lets remember that it is up to us to hand the torch over to the next generation. Remember that it is you that will bring about the much needed change and continue the good work that your forerunners began, and in doing so, you will be a blessing to those coming afterwards. I promise you that I will keep doing all that is necessary to see that happening.
Now let me close this newsletter by reminding you the wise words of Moses in Deuteronomy 6:6-7:
These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.
You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.
It is up to us to keep the blessings flowing through us. Amen!
Pastor David J.