What I want for Christmas
“Wow! I’ve driven past this church every morning on the way to work and I never knew all this was here!” So exclaimed a Cub Scout leader when I gave him a tour of our Family Life Center last winter. Just this morning a young father volunteering in the Discovery pre-school commented, “Your church has provided a beautiful facility and we’re really happy to bring our son here.” Highland United Methodist Church with its Family Life Center is a jewel—albeit somewhat hidden—in our area.
A new school year has started and soon our gym will resound with shouting, singing, running and even dancing: Sunday morning children’s programs, Sunday night REVIVE, Blood Drives, Centershot Archery, REV316, The Dance Project, Cub Scouts, Operation Christmas Child, Preschool kids, Nerf nights, lock-ins, and Upward Basketball. A conservative estimate might have us averaging 150-200 children running through our gym every week. That’s a lot of little footprints!
This year families coming to our building are going to be greeted with new banners in our parking lot extending a welcome. They will also find a new quarterly publication “At-a-Glance” giving details about our ministries for the next 3 months. They can take one home to consider connecting further with us. Very soon the Trustees will be removing the trees in front of our sign on M-59 and our name will emerge to be seen once again by east bound traffic.
It was only 9 years ago the Family Life Center was opened. At the end of this year our REACH capital campaign will be completed. A very special celebration is planned for Sunday, January 7. Our plans include a special joint service at 11 AM in the gymnasium. Bishop David Bard will be our guest speaker! A walking brunch will follow taking us through each of the rooms in the lower level. We need you to help us prepare! We have received $653,000 towards our pledged goal of $830,000 with 3 months to go. What I want for Christmas is to be able to stand up and ring a bell and say we did it—or even better, we went beyond! Next year we will be refinancing the remaining debt—approximately $800,000. Both our Finance and Stewardship teams are making plans for the future. They’d be glad to answer any questions you might have.
Karen and I are so proud to be serving this congregation. I am more energized about being a pastor now than when I began. I believe God has great plans for our church’s Christian witness in this region. We have formed a team to develop a comprehensive marketing plan for our church. We are investing in new musical instruments and sound equipment for our worship center. We are re-forming our praise team with new musicians. A planning team has engaged an architect to renew and refresh our lobby, worship center, kitchen and fellowship room. By this Sunday we will have received approximately 30 new members in 2017. The Holy Spirit is moving and He has places He wants to take us! Won’t you join together in keeping in step with the Spirit?
Connect, Grow, Serve
Pastor Tom Anderson
P.S. Tyler would like to thank all of you who came to eat at our Children and Youth ministries kick-off in our backyard!