Pastors Pen - July/August 2014
by Pastor Alan Darby
It’s hard to believe it’s been a whole year since the Darbys moved to Brick. It has been a great year for us and we want to thank you all for your friendship, encouragement and welcoming us into the St. Paul’s church family. There have been a number of adjustments and adaptations to make as we get acclimated to our new environs but overall, your hospitality has enable us to feel at home in this new area. Besides the joy of making and building new friendships, there have been a number of notable blessings being a part of the St. Paul’s family.
- I was struck immediately, by the level of St. Paul’s fellowship activities. Whether it is through the wonderful fellowship dinners, the UMW and UMM programs, Sunday morning fellowship hour, or the initial “meet the Pastor” gatherings, there has been ample opportunities to make and build relationships as a basis for significant ministry.
- I have a great appreciation for my staff who work so hard among you to keep the wheels of the St. Paul’s ministry rolling along. Janice, Barbara, Hector, Bill Nadler and al the custodial staff have been a huge help to me orienting me to the plans, policies, practices and standard operating procedures of this church’s vital ministry.
- I have thoroughly enjoyed being involved in St. Paul’s awesome music ministry. Barbara, all the choir directors, and worship team leaders are great at enhancing our worship services with their gifts and talents.
- I feel blessed to team up with Hector and the youth ministry leaders to see our children and youth get established and grow in their faith in Christ. Through Sunday School, VBS and youth groups we touch a lot of young people’s lives. I particularly enjoyed co-leading our recent confirmation class with Hector.
- It has also been great to watch our St. Paul’s Christian School in action. At all levels Barry, Edie and all our teachers and staff are doing a tremendous job providing a whole different dimension to our dynamic strategy for reaching and making disciple for Jesus Christ.
These are only a few of the notable things that come to mind as I reflect on this first year with you. There are many other things over this time that have touched and blessed me as your pastor. I am thankful for so many of you who serve so diligently to honor the Lord and pray that, as we move forward, we will see many more lives transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ, many more souls brought into His Kingdom. God bless you and keep you as we grow, in every way, in the coming Conference year. I am blessed to be appointed to St. Paul’s to serve another year.
In His Regard, Pastor Al