First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Monday, June 17, 2019
Live and Share God's Love

From the Pastor

Jayneann McIntosh




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From Pastor Jayneann's Pen

This month I have my last official clergy cohort meeting for the Missional Church Consultation Initiative (MCCI). It’s been exciting these last 11 months to learn so much more about leading and being the church than a master of divinity degree, and 10 years of pastoral ministry and continuing education had taught me.

We clergy will still gather, learn and strategize but we’ll do it via video conferencing. I’m glad, both for the continued learning and support and for the end to the monthly trips to Sun Prairie. I’ll have a bit more time to work with you in implementing the resources this MCCI offers us.

One piece is that we’ll be starting come July is our first Triad, a way (not necessarily in threes) to invite people beyond our church to get to know us as we get to know them.

A really important part of this is that every time anyone comes to our church, we need to get to know them. Who are they? Have they lived here long? What are their hopes and dreams? What are their hobbies? Badgers or Packer fans?

We can get so excited by seeing a new person that we want to tell them all about the church. And it’s okay to tell them some things, but acting like we want to get to know them is the #1 thing that will bring them back.

So next month we’re going to have a Christmas in July weekend (more on that soon) as part of our Summer Worship and Sunday School series using The Gospels according to Dr. Seuss.

Theodore Seuss Geisel, the real name behind Dr. Seuss, is said to have stated, “There is no particular message in these books, unless it’s one of eternal hope.” He never boasted about being a super Christian, yet there are some deep Christian truths in his stories.  

We can find God’s word anywhere in the world around us as long as we’re paying attention. That’s the secret behind our Breakthrough Prayer:
Break through, O God! Break through! Transform our hesitation and resistance into passion for your justice, compassion and generosity. We’re ready, listening and watching. What is your next thing for us? Empower us for the great good we haven’t yet imagined. Amen.
It’s not simply about God doing God’s thing but about us noticing. So what wonderful lessons will we learn about God and about God’s call in our lives as we look at The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Zax, and others through these summer months? I’m excited to dive in and find out!

In the meantime, enjoy summer!
It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter.
Psalm 74:17