Attention all active Elders, Deacons, Local Pastors, Lay Supply Pastors of the Arkansas Conference, and Conference Staff:
Save the Date: November 8, 9, 10 “Boundaries in Ministry” required training
Every four years all who are appointed to serve in local church or extension ministry settings are required to attend a Boundaries and Sexual Ethics training. On November 8-10, Becky Posey Williams, COSROW Sr. Director for Sexual Ethics and Advocacy, will be presenting this training for the Arkansas Conference.
Identical one-day sessions will be held in three locations, and all active full and provisional elders, deacons, full and part-time local pastors and lay supply pastors serving within the geographic boundaries of the Arkansas conference are expected to attend one of the sessions.
This training is being jointly sponsored by COSROW, the Cabinet, Board of Ordained Ministry, Orders of Elders and Deacons, and the Fellowship of Local Pastors. More information will be forthcoming, but for now please determine which session you will attend and place it on your calendar.
- Thursday, November 8
10 am – 3 pm
- Friday, November 9
Forrest City FUMC
10 am – 3 pm
- Saturday, November 10
Pulaski Heights UMC
10 am – 3 pm
Register at: https://www.eiseverywhere.com/boundaries
Life is not a fairy tale. Horrible things occur far too often, including the reality that our nation sometimes must engage in war to protect lives – ours, as well as innocents in far-away lands. Yet while war is sometimes necessary, it is important to remember four things. First, this kind of violence always breaks God’s heart because it is not God’s Will. Second, those who have been combatants know the horror of war better than anyone else and realize it should always be an act of last resort. Third, when armed conflict occurs, that’s when our fellow citizens have stepped forward to give their lives that we might enjoy the blessings of freedom. Fourth, it’s why you should offer a prayer of thanksgiving today for the men and women of the military who selflessly have given their lives for you on this Memorial Day.
There are lots of people – far too many, in fact – grieving. Some I’ll never meet. Some I know. And some I love dearly.
They grieve at the death of someone they love. Or a lost dream. A broken relationship. The theft of innocence. An illness that debilitates them. Or, even, their own impending death.
The list seems endless – because it is. But, Lord, so is love. So send it, Lord. Send it in waves. Then send some more. Until it fills to overflowing all who grieve. May they experience Your closeness. Your care. Your healing. And, especially, Your hope.
I pray this in the power of Your promise – Amen.
You don’t usually feel holy – you know how ordinary you really are. You may never have had a life-defining God experience – you just try to live as faithfully as possible every day. You’ll probably never be a great faith leader – you’re actually looking for someone to follow. But that’s exactly when God may do God’s best work. Literally. Because God’s saving, healing, transforming and hopeful presence enters right into the middle of your everyday life every day and does something amazing. It makes every day a holy day.
You may not realize it, but you’re caught in a lifelong tug of war. Pulling you in one direction is your desire to be in control. Pulling you in the other direction is your desire to let God be in control. So how do you stop all the back-and-forth tugging? Let the fullness of God’s love embrace you. Trust God with everything you’ve got. But most of all, discover how doing God’s will helps you become the best you that you can possibly be. And that beats being in control every single time.