4 W Seminary  St - Liberty, Indiana

Open Hearts
Open Minds
Open Doors

January 1st, 2018

Edwards Memorial United Methodist Church

​​““Forget about what’s happened;
    don’t keep going over old history.
Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.”

Isaiah 43:19

​​​As I consider the first “Pastor’s Page” of this New Year, I can’t stop the words of the great prophet Isaiah from ringing in my ears.  Through Isaiah, God is saying to me, “Scott…forget about what has happened.  Stop ruminating over the past eight years you’ve served as pastor for EMUMC.  You’ve made some steps forward, some steps backward, some wins for the Kingdom, and some outright flops…but NONE of that matters!  Open your eyes!  Listen up!  Wake up to the here and now.  I’m about to do something BRAND NEW!!!”

AND,
Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I believe God is saying the same thing to you…to all of us!  We have made some remarkable steps forward during these eight years.  We’ve reclaimed our Sanctuary by plastering and painting and carpeting and updating our pews.  We’ve fixed sidewalks, the parking lot, drainage issues and leaky roofs.  We’ve filled holes, emptied trash, and patched pavement.  We’ve gone from heating oil to natural gas and from hymnals to video screens, (or at least some of us have 😊) we’ve even added a new commercial refrigerator and much needed freezer to our Fellowship Hall.

More than these, we’ve fed hungry children, supported mission outreach at home and abroad, began partnering with other churches in the provision of VBS and, most recently, Senior High Youth Ministry.  We’ve even joined with two other churches in hiring Youth Ministers to see that our kids have both an opportunity to meet Jesus, as well as to serve Him in places where He is needed the most.  We are providing solace to folks suffering from Addiction, and much needed support and refuge to their families.  All this while contributing our entire tithe to the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church.


So…what NEW THING do you suppose God will do in our church this year?  Better yet…what NEW THING do you EXPECT God to do in YOU this year?  Friends, I am perfectly, completely, unquestioningly convinced that the answers to both of these questions….are the same
Accordingly…​


“Forget about what’s happened;
    don’t keep going over old history.
Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.”
Isaiah 43:19



And remember,
                       He’s Coming Back!





                         Pastor Scott Bell