Pastor’s Blog

The Meaning of Ash Wednesday and Why We Impose Ashes

The practice we use to mark the first day of Lent may seem odd. People go to church mid-week to have a minister place ashes on their foreheads. In the early days of the church, it was even more dramatic. Pastors did not just dip their thumbs into the ashes to draw the shape of a cross on your forehead, but instead poured or sprinkled ashes over your head. Under any other circumstances, most would avoid ashes and dirt. Yet…

Why Join a Church?

Why join a church? You belong here! You are not here by accident. You are important to God. He loves you unconditionally and has a plan for you, and that plan includes being a faithful and active part of a local church. Every follower of Christ is designed to be part of a local church. Throughout the Bible, there is a clearly defined community of God. The New Testament refers to this group of people as the church (ekklesia =…

Pastor’s Note

Church, thank you for your faithfulness through this season of transition. Thank you for being loyal and committed to God and His Church and standing firm on His truth. I am proud of you and honored to be walking this journey with you. I truly believe God is working on something great! After seeing what God has done in a short time through the Global Methodist Church (GMC), I know He is up to something big! And praise the Lord,…

Pastor’s Note

The time has come to transition to the Global Methodist Church. It’s true that we should have never had to go through this, however our world is broken and modern culture is teaching that life and everything in it is more about ourselves than anything or anyone else. As we well know, that’s quite different than Jesus’ teachings. I believe we also have to look at all of this from another angle. God has allowed us as a church to…

School of Hope

In May of 2016, First UMC in Chambersburg discerned God was calling them to open a school, called the School of Hope, in Haiti just outside the city of Petit Goave. In October of 2016, Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti leaving six of the students orphaned. Again, seeking God in prayer, they created Kaendra’s Place Orphanage which houses twelve orphans and two house parents. Schools in Haiti are not government run or supported, so many never get an education. As many…

Who or what do you say you are?

For me, that’s hard to narrow down. I am a daughter, a wife, a mother, a friend. Today, I am a pastor, but in past careers, I was an office administrator, a daycare provider, a photo corrector at a yearbook company, a sales and marketing coordinator at a farming manufacture, a milker at a dairy farm, a custodian, a Mary Kay consultant, and a Pamper Chef consultant. I looked back one day and realized God taught me everything from cleaning…

Change Our Attitude About Prayer

You all probably know that there is power in prayer. But do you experience that power on a regular basis? Prayer is often called a Spiritual Discipline, which means we should discipline ourselves to do it. The act of prayer certainly deserves to be in that category. Yet fitting in this category insinuates to many that prayer is merely a task or a duty or just one more thing to do today. But prayer is the difference maker in the…

Thank you! Now the next step…

Over the last several months, I have asked you to pray for our Leadership Team as they prepared retainable goals in order for us, as the Church, to achieve the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ. Each year, we have made this our practice so that we do not lose sight of the mission Jesus commanded us. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and…