CT District February Newsletter
CT District February Newsletter
Volume 2 February 2019
The Connecticut District hopes not only to inform you but also to empower you to be thriving, kingdom-advancing, impact-making disciples of Jesus Christ. Although we are at different locations, this newsletter intends to help you stay connected to your neighboring pastors, laity, and churches. Let us know via email or phone how the newsletter can be more helpful and resourceful to you and your ministries.
Also, we need your help! We are looking for a name for our newsletter. You will have 10 days to submit your suggestions. The winner will get a gift card for two at the Chowder Pot Restaurant.
by Rev. Dr. Alpher Sylvester
Grace and peace be unto you from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.
1. Don't miss the boat
Do You Know Any Jokes?
If you know some jokes and humors that you want to share with others, please click here to submit your jokes. And let us be aware that we want our humors to be Christian sensitive and not offensive.
Welcome to the Missions section of this newsletter. Our District has supported and continues to support many missionaries around the world. You will hear stories of missionaries and their ministries and see ways to be connected and support them.
Rev. Dr. Tom Vencuss shares what is at the heart of our mission and how the Connecticut District has a deeply involved history of mission engagement. For example, "Mountains of Hope for Haiti" began out of several churches in Connecticut. Furthermore, he shares how we can practically be equipped and fulfill our call to channel God's grace and love onto others.
Jill Wilson, the Conference Secretary for Global Ministries, shares with us about our CT District Mission Project for 2019-the REBUILDING OF PUERTO RICO from the hurricane in 2017. She goes into details on how we can help rebuild the nation as well as how we are gathering a team from our district for a late June trip. Her article contains information on Missionary John Nday's visit to our district.
by Rev. James Midgley
Funerals are more than commemorating the deceased. We, pastors, are called to do greater and can use this opportunity to reach out to the unchurched and invite them to Christ. Read Rev. James Midgley in his funerary experiences and his insights on the changing culture of funerals and how he finds ways to extend God's love from the church by engaging the current culture with Christ.
How often do we touch each others hands when we pray?
Life Touches Life…
1 John 4:7-21 ESV
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another....
The CT District intends to provide you a great educational tool of different positions and emotions attached to the issue of the Way Forward and Three Plans. Here is the first one on a comparative analysis of the Three Plans / summary of major plans before the 2019 Special General Conference.
Here are the views of many delegates to the Special Called Session of the General Conference. They are integrally involved in leading perspectives on "Seeing a Way Forward." Please click their names to explore their views. Rev. Bob Phillips, Bishop Ciriaco Francisco, Andrew Williams, and Rev. Dr. Traci West.
Pastors need to be pastored. Pastors need to be inspired by other pastor's sermons. The spiritual health of a pastor really ought to be a priority for his or her congregation. We want to share inspiring and insightful sermons from pastors within our district with the aims to minister and empower one another. It is our prayer that we keep each other accountable as we are building God's kingdom together in the Connecticut District.
by Rev. Dr. Hugh Hamilton at the Bishop's Convocation
Rev. Hugh Hamilton delivered an inspiring, powerful sermon at the Bishop's Convocation. There are many difficulties that hinder or often destroy our lives and our ministries. He calls these obstacles fire, and shares that all of us have to face and walk through the fire that threatens us. How can we walk through the fire, not be burnt to ashes, and come forth as gold?
The Voice of Our Retirees
Each generation has memories, stories, and values it wants to pass along to the next generation-especially the spiritual values of our faith. We want to learn from those who have come before us, who have laid the foundation, and who have preserved it. It is our desire that in this section of the newsletter, we honor and continue the legacy of our forerunners before us, learn from them their wisdom and insights on life and ministry, for the generations that are to come.
Crystal Cathedral to Become a Catholic Cathedral
by Rev. Ralph Lord Roy
Did you know that the Crystal Cathedral in California was touted as the largest glass building in the world when it was completed in 1981? It is designed by Philip Johnson, a worldly renown postmodern architect. But what is the story behind this soaring steel-and-glass church? Did you know that they had to file for bankruptcy? Find out more through Rev. Ralph Roy's article.
Ministry to youth is an essential part of the missional focus of the church, and teaching young people in the church to grow in their relationship with God prepares them to serve Christ in all they do in their adulthood. We invite you to send us articles and pictures on great things that youths are doing at your church. Let's celebrate the future of our church!
This time, we want to celebrate youth from the United Methodist Church of Monroe in CT where Rev. Mark T. Allen is serving. Below are parts of their February Newsletter. What about your church and your youth? What great stories do you have to share and inspire?
" The greatest tragedy in life is the prayers that go UNANSWERED because they go UNASKED." M.B.
We pray because we believe in the power of prayer. Prayer keeps us connected with God and with one another. You can submit prayer requests to the link below, and the district will keep you in thoughts and prayers.
February is Black History Month