Where Do We Go from Here? Next Steps

Dear Church Family,

By the time you receive this email our “Where Do We Go from Here?” dialogue will be over. I hope you had the chance to listen to the session. If not, you should be able to find it in the archived section of our Facebook page. Just go to this link (www.facebook.com/cofumc/videos/), scroll down to the part of the site that reads “All Videos,” and click on the video titled “Where Do We Go from Here?” There you’ll find my conversation with Pastors Frank Adams, Arlinda Burks, and Kevin James, as well as with Certified Lay Minister Beverly Patrick. In the dialogue, the five of us discuss the current state of race relations in our country – particularly with regards to the recent murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd – and what we, as Christians, can do to create a world where persons of color are treated with the same equality, dignity, and respect as their white counterparts.

In addition to the dialogue, there’s a list of “Next Steps” we handed out. Here it is!

We’ll likely have another discussion at some point in the near future. In the meantime, thank you for your willingness, as a congregation, to be a part of this kingdom-work.

I’m looking forward to our worship service this weekend. We’ll continue in our “Superhero Summer” series with a look at the strongest and meanest Marvel superhero of them all – The Hulk. As you most likely know, The Hulk’s strength is fueled by his anger. Indeed, his level of strength is directly proportional to his level of anger. So, we’ll be talking about anger in the message. Anger is not a one-dimensional thing but can be expressed in a variety of ways. We’ll explore some different forms of anger as well as what the Bible has to say about each one of them. Don’t miss out on the service!

Thank you for the privilege of being your pastor. “See” you this weekend!