December and January mark the start of something new. December 2 is the first day of Advent and a new year on the Christian calendar. January 1 marks the secular New Year’s Day celebration. Both days signal the beginning of something new. Indeed, God said, “See I am about to do a new thing.” (Isaiah 43:19) and “Behold I make all things new.” (Revelation 21:5) And, indeed, God is doing a new thing at both of the United Methodist Churches in Springfield.
At our CC Hancock campus, the Campfire Church service is becoming something new as it moves indoors to avoid the cold winter weather. The most exciting thing about Campfire Church is the number of new people who have come to worship who have not previously worshipped with us. Through this new style of worship, we are connecting people with our Savior Jesus Christ.
At our Covenant location, the new thing is our progress on making the campus more accessible by adding an elevator and air conditioning the Kingswood Building. This will allow us to offer ministries to more people and do it year-round. In conjunction with the building program, we are also doing some renovations to the Epworth Building to provide a safer environment for children by adding restrooms that will be accessible from every classroom.
As important as these new opportunities for the churches are, what is more important is that we, as individuals, take opportunities to renew and deepen our relationship with God. Spiritual renewal is the goal of your pastoral staff. Pastors Janet and Kevin will join me in preaching a new sermon series focused on both personal and spiritual growth. After renewing our covenant with God on the first Sunday of January, we will move into this first series of the year. We will focus on how all of us can align our lifestyle with the values we claim as our own.
The new year on both the Christian and secular calendars provides perfect timing do allow God to do a new thing with and in each of us. Let’s make the year 2019 a year of growth: spiritual, fiscal, emotional, physical, and every other way. Let’s make 2019 a banner year for growth in both our individual lives, as well as the life of the church.
Grace & Peace,
This article can be found in the December 2018 Newsletter