Mid-Week Devotion & Update from Pastor Marilyn
Have you had a mentor? Are you a mentor for another?
I have had many mentors. God has brought different mentors to me during each chapter of my life. Early on it was Rev. Kent Millard who was the senior pastor with whom I was privileged to serve. Rev. Boyd Blumer and Rev. Dick Salmonson were eager to drink coffee and share stores about what they had done in similar situations. Doug Anderson, a psychologist who works with ministry professionals, walked with me during a time that I had been thrown into the fire.
Timothy was a young leader of the followers of Jesus. He too had mentors. His grandmother, Eunice, and his mother, Lois, were followers of Jesus. Later Paul became a mentor. Paul called Timothy a beloved son and a valuable co-worker. Paul and Timothy traveled together, but when Paul was in prison, Timothy traveled on his own as a representative of Paul. Then Paul left Timothy in Ephesus to lead the church there. It was then that Timothy was literally thrown into the fire. Ministry in Ephesus was unbelievably difficult, but Timothy had Paul as his mentor.
Paul, his teacher and mentor, writes these words of instruction and encouragement.
Timothy, I thank God for you . . . Night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. I long to see you again, for I remember your tears as we parted. And I will be filled with joy when we are together again.
I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother, Lois, and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you. This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:3-7
There are times when we find ourselves having been thrown into the fire. Life is unbelievably difficult. You find yourself in a situation you never could have imagined. I find myself trying to find a way forward but facing one obstacle after another. When I stop to remember times that I’ve been in the fire, and then imagine, receiving these words of gratitude, instruction, and encouragement, I experience a bit of peace that allows me to believe that God is in the fire and to remember that I am not alone.
Take a moment to read Paul’s words to Timothy again, but this time substitute your own name and the names of those who have guided you in faith. May you too find a place of peace.
Pastor of Congregational Care
THIS WEEK’S ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Welcome Parade for Pastor Jen Tyler on July 2nd
Pastor Jen will begin her ministry with us on July 1st. Given COVID 19’s continued presence in our community, our welcome for Pastor Jen will need to be modified. Our Leadership Team is holding a Welcome Parade on Thursday, July 2nd from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. In order to help Pastor Jen get to know us, we encourage you all to bring a card and include a picture of you and your family with your name on it. Note: Map of parade route below.
We will continue to hold in-person worship service on Saturday at 5pm and Sunday at 10am. We will continue streaming ONLINE worship services on Saturday night at 5pm and Sunday morning at 10am. To participate in any of the ONLINE worship services, please go to the Church Facebook Page at: www.facebook.com/watertownfirstumc or the Church Website at: www.watertownfirst.church/watch.
Coverage during Pastoral Transition: Between Pastor Sara’s departure and Pastor Jen’s arrival, Pastor Marilyn Spurrell will be providing coverage. You may contact her through the church office. Please call 605-886-4427 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Church Building: The church will be available for scheduled small group gatherings and appointments. For now the church will be closed during unscheduled times. Appointments/gatherings can be scheduled by calling the church office at 605-886-4427 or emailing the Church Office at: email@example.com.
Church Office and Pastors Continue to be Available: Our office manager is in the office to answer phone calls during normal office hours Monday-Thursday and a pastor is available in case of a pastoral emergency 24-7.
NOTE: Pastors are still unable to visit in person at Prairie Lakes Hospital. We can visit via phone. Please contact the church office if you or a loved one is hospitalized.
Church Finances: We’ve had a number of questions about how COVID-19 will affect the financial health of the church. The church’s financial health will be dependent on its members and friends making an intentional effort to continue to give. There are several methods available for giving. You can mail your tithe and offerings to the church at: First United Methodist Church, PO Box 1416, Watertown, SD 57201 or give online at: www.watertownfirst.church/giving-back.