Sherri's Message
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April 7, 2016, 12:21 PM

April 7, 2017

 “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” -- Colossians 3:17 ESV

The grapevine is a funny thing. Seems there’s a rumor going around that I’m leaving my appointment.  The rumor is not true and I anticipate being reappointed to the Cornerstone District for a sixth year.  However, I will be taking a spiritual renewal leave in the summer or fall of this year.  The Book of Discipline allows for superintendents to take a renewal leave and Bishop Webb requires superintendents to take a leave, preferably in their fourth or fifth year.  I will keep you all apprised as details unfold.

During my leave another superintendent will provide coverage for me and Cathy Hall, our District Assistant, will continue to be in the office to work with you and answer your day-to-day questions.

Sound, healthy communication is essential in all that we do.  I hope that we all will work together to improve our communication so that it builds up the Body of Christ.  If you have a question or concern, please call or email me.  I’m always happy to talk with you. 

On another note…

I’ll never forget the time someone said to me, “Charity begins at home.  It’s in the Bible.”  I have yet to find the citation for that text, but I do find many places where we are urged to care for others and give to help ease the suffering of God’s people.  At annual conference last year Bishop Webb challenged each church in the conference to raise $1,000 for Africa 360.  Africa 360 is our conference commitment to raise one million dollars to eradicate malaria through The United Methodist Church’s Imagine No Malaria campaign and one million dollars to fund eight scholarships in perpetuity at Africa University.  If every church in the conference raised $1,000, we would meet our goal.

To date, 8 of the 71 churches of the Cornerstone District have participated in this challenge.  Our district is in last place.  Now, I don’t give a hoot about competition.  But I do care greatly about our support of conference missions which we, as a body, voted to support.  And I do care about us living out Jesus’ call to minister to the last, the least and the lost.

If your church has not planned an offering or event in support of Africa 360, I ask that you do so before Annual Conference.  There’s still time and there are many resources available on the UNYAC website.  Laurel O’Connor, our conference field coordinator for Africa 360, is also more than willing to help you plan an event.  Please give Laurel a call or send her an email to ask her advice and to also make sure she is recording your church’s contribution.

I believe every church, no matter how large or small, can do something to support this important ministry.  For example, the Gerry-Celoron Charge challenged themselves to raise $200 throughout the month of December and exceeded their goal!  Thank you Gerry and Celoron for stepping out in faith and making a difference!

The Africa 360 campaign will come to a close at annual conference this year.  Let’s support these important missions.  God is abundantly generous to us. May we be generous in our giving. 

Prayerfully yours,

Sherri


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