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Happy May!

In Heinrich Heine’s poem, New Spring No. 5, he writes:

“Sweet May hath come to love us,

Flowers, trees, their blossoms don;

And through the blue heavens above us

The very clouds move on.”

May is a fantastic month of sun, flowers, mountains, and warming temperatures. I give thanks to the beautiful Creation that God has gifted us with!

It was in May of 2018 that I visited North Mason and Brownsville for the first time..

It is hard to believe that I have been in your midst for 10 months now! I am still extremely grateful for your welcoming and loving spirit.

After my first snowstorm, my first bout of spring allergies, and my first Holy Week and Easter, I can truly say that I am glad to be here; even in spite of the seventeen thousand feet of snow and my near encounter with death because of my allergies. (Yes, I am dramatic.)

Particularly, our Holy Week services and Easter services were meaningful. From the Sunrise Service at the Marina, to the worship in both churches; I truly felt the resurrected spirit of God moving in our midst. You are all such amazing people!

Personally, I would like to fill you all in that I have been granted permission from the Mississippi Annual Conference to transfer into the Pacific Northwest Conference. It means that I have a few forms to fill out and an interview to be had with the conference relations team here in our conference. I am really excited about this opportunity, and yet, a little sad to be severing some of my ties in the conference that raised me, commissioned me, and ordained me. If all goes according to the current plan, I will be a full member of the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference at the 2019 Session of Annual Conference in June.

I know I haven’t written much this month, but I leave you with this benediction, which is an Apache Blessing.

May the sun bring you new energy by day,

may the moon softly restore you by night,

may the rain wash away your worries,

may the breeze blow new strength into your being,

may you walk gently through the world andknow it's beauty all the days of your life.

Be Blessed Y’all

Pastor Justin

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