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Over Coffee

with Pastor Al

There was a lot of hype about the Solar Eclipse. There were the “profit takers” in the swath of the total eclipse in Oregon (and I suspect all across the USA). There were some who were blasé about the whole experience. While we were not in the area of “total” eclipse – about 92%, I was still amazed and in some sense awe-struck. While it didn’t get as dark as I might have expected, it did cool considerably. There was a morning dove in our area who seemed to be singing its night song and then its morning song. Perhaps it was more in tune with its surroundings than I was.

Perhaps the eclipse of the sun is a parable to remind us that we allow things, feelings, situations, intellectual questions and life in general to surround us in such a way that they eclipse the love that God has for each of us. And it also gives us the hope that God’s love is never closed off from us. The eclipse passes and the warmth of the sun returns, the warmth of God’s love is experienced.

Peace…Joy…Love in Christ,


Message from Your Lay Leader

You may have noticed that Bob and I have been stepping back a bit, inviting others to become more actively engaged in the discipling process…to become more actively engaged in the community of God’s people at NMUMC…to grow together in Christlikeness…and to reach out and share the joy of growing in Christ with community beyond the doors of NMUMC.

Growing in Christlikeness is a lifelong process best accomplished in community with other Christ-centered friends.And yet, Bob & I feel it is time for us to reign in a bit…to allow ourselves to focus more closely on this major life change from independent ‘landowner’ in a community that is spread over a broad geographic region, to independent living in a campus community of Christ-centered friends.

Wednesday, August 30th, the Staff Parish Relations (SPR) committee and I as lay leader will be meeting with the District Superintendent, Rev. Cara Scrivens, as she presents the new candidate to shepherd our family of NMUMC.We will have the opportunity to interview him or her and get a sense of compatibility.

As we welcome a new pastor in October, we will also be defining a new gathering of friends to help shape the future of NMUMC starting the first of the calendar year.We all have varied gifts to offer in the effort to grow our faith here at NMUMC and beyond.I look forward to possibly assisting a new Lay Leader (should that person desire assistance) as the reshaping of life at North Mason United Methodist Church continues under the guidance of the next pastor.

Joyce Stratton

Lay Leader

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