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A Note from Pastor Dan

GREETINGS:

This past week, I was talking to one of the members of St. Andrew’s about their experience of growing up. They mentioned that their grandparents would sit with them and tell them stories about their own childhood, as well as their faith stories. For some reason which eluded them, over the years they got distracted doing other things, and instead of taking the time to listen they were out doing something else. This brought up memories of my father from my childhood. My father was always doing something: working, completing a project, watching football, and so on. As I got older something seemed to shift, and once in a great while he seemed a bit more introspective, and we would have a conversation about faith and life and he would bare a little of his soul. I continue to cherish those moments.

Early Methodism began as an attempt to revive what Wesley and others saw as a church growing cold. One thing that helped them to overcome this sense of a growing        distance from God was regularly gathering beyond Sunday morning. In those gatherings, with others who shared their concerns, they talked and prayed about the ways they felt God was moving in their lives and when they felt God was not. Admittedly, those gathering first had to gain a level of trust with each other, but the meetings and church soon blossomed into a movement that spread across our nation.

After Easter, I will begin a study on Thursday mornings that will give us an opportunity to enter into this type of conversation. If you have felt a pull to enter into something more in your spiritual journey, then I would welcome you to be part of our gathering. I only ask that you come with a spirit of openness. More details about the study are in next article.

Blessings on your Easter Season, Pastor Dan

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