Happy July!  Can you believe its already July?  Seems like the summer is going pretty darn fast, but there are exciting things going on in the Alpha United Methodist Church and Galesburg Faith United Methodist Church!

As of July 1, these two churches are now yoked together.  I am writing this after the first Sunday that I led both services.  All went well with just a few minor hiccups.  Alpha has  great liturgists that can finish the service if need be, and Faith has fine liturgists that can start the service!

As I was watching the fireworks, with all the excitement and happy faces that they cause, I thought, “Wouldn’t it be nice if these two churches caused that excitement?”  How about a joint effort to bring a new excitement in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!  That would be more exciting than watching fireworks!  We all have to be willing to do our part to make that happen,  even if that just means praying!!  And “just” praying is a BIG thing.  Prayer is powerful and prayers are being answered! 

We are planning on starting a Children’s Sunday School this fall!  How exciting is that?  We need volunteers to lead classes, and parents, we need you to make sure to bring your children and spread the word among the community!!  I am hoping to have a kickoff Sunday this fall.  More on that as plans are made.  I am also hoping to start a supper and game night once a month this fall.  This would be for the community, so I will let you know more as plans are made.

Hopefully we will have a few combined services with Faith, so everyone can get to know each other also! “Every good gift and every perfect gift is come from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17.  Let’s see what gifts God has planned for our two churches!!

Have a wonderful July and for everyone that is traveling, I pray for safe travels!

Pastor Karna