ULC Update for May 2019
MAY 31, 2019
As we witness the bursting forth of vibrant color everywhere, hear the birds chirping, and experience longer days, it’s easy to celebrate God’s glorious plan of seasonal change with joyful appreciation. But, do we always celebrate God’s plans for change, or do we often find them unsettling?
Throughout the Bible, we are promised that change inspired by our God is good and deserves to be celebrated. One of my favorite scriptures tells us, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” – Jeremiah 29:11. I hold onto that promise as we move forward in a new season for Camp Hill United Methodist Church.
Last month, we learned the news that two amazing leaders in our church, Jenny Robeson and Marsha Banks, have heard God’s voice calling them to new endeavors. This can be unsettling news. After all, Jenny has been instrumental in the growth of our children’s program, vacation bible school, and Upward Sports ministry. Marsha has inspired many through her participation in our church’s music ministry, mission work, and her service on the Unified Leadership Council. These women demonstrate an infectious passion for Jesus Christ. How will we ever replace such amazing leadership in our church?
I submit, do not be afraid! The faithfulness of these women is the assurance that this church’s future is strong. Both women prayed diligently over their decisions. They earnestly discerned their respective calling toward change was God-spoken. And so, we can confidently trust Deuteronomy 31:8, “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
As Jenny and Marsha faithfully pursue God’s plan for their lives, Camp Hill UMC will faithfully trust that God will soon reveal his plan for our church. It is sure to be good!
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3: 5-6
—Dave Mooney, Adult Discipleship Configuration Liaison
(Class of 2020)