Our Mission Statement:We are a Christ centered church that boldly Serves, Accepts, Loves, and Teaches. “You are the SALT of the earth…”Matthew 5:13
Words from our Pastor:
Anyone that knows me very well at all will know that I have two favorite scriptures. They are - the Great Banquet from the 14th Chapter of Luke and the Great Judgment from the 25th capter of Matthew. I have pretty much based my entire ministry around these two texts. Because of that, I feel God has blessed my ministry. Modern evangelicalism has put so much emphasis on Christian conversion and left to the foreground living the Christian life. Luke 14 and Matthew 25 keep us in a state of tension. Of course, any journey needs a beginning. Accepting Christ and becoming a follower of "The Way" is crucial. What would an adult who was born look like having never grown up? I assume diapers and a bottle wouldn't go over to well in your work place. Therefore, the call to discipleship is crucial. As one grows up in Christ, they begin to realize that being born again is a daily event. That Christ not only requires that we call his name but that we live the radical life style he adopted. To me this includes a radical inclusiveness. The banquet of Luke 14 has the owner of the house saying to go and bring in anyone from anywhere. (My paraphase) What would the table look like if we brought in anyone from anywhere? Actually it would be a social nightmare for most of us, wouldn't it? Rich next to poor, black next to white, old next to young, Prince next to pauper, socially acceptable next to socially unacceptable etc...The possiblities for table are endless. That is what St. Elmo looks like on Sunday morning. All who respond to the call are welcome at the table. Matthew 25 holds us responsible as we respond to that call. I was hungry, naked, thirsty, sick, stranger, in prision, etc.. and you helped meet my need. Those who don't are destined to a life of misery. It tells us to care for those who are less fortunate than ourselves. It is a call to missions. Christ did not call followers of "The Way" to come and sit in the pew. He said "Come follow me". If we are to be followers of Christ we MUST have concern for our neighbor. St. Elmo UMC takes seriously the call to welcoming people of all kinds and then teaching them what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ in serving the least of these.
Shalom, Rev. Dr. Mark Dowell
News & Information:
***We had a wonderful Easter, to see pictures go to the Easter webpage.
*** To see pictures of the Children's Reward trip to Raccoon Mt. go to the Raccoon Mt. webpage.
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