A New Thing

 Isaiah 43:18-19 says "Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old.19 I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert."

As springtime arrives and the cold weather dissipates flowers are starting to bloom. We won’t remember the cold weather because we are starting to experience the newness of sunny warm Illinois weather. As I wrestle with the above scripture’s instruction to "not remember the former" I interpret this to mean, our starting place as believers is not focusing or remembering only what God has said to us in the past. Because God is about to do a "new thing" we can focus now on what God is saying to us currently.

One of my responsibilities as a Pastor is to help us "tune in" and "discern" and "discover" with you what God is doing in our church and in our local community. This discerning is not an easy task since our journey as individuals and as a church is filled with joys and disappointments, success and failure, highs and lows, and scarcity and abundance. Through these experiences we learn so much along the way. Recently, our journey has included planting seeds of prayer, preparation, and with God’s help Calvary United Methodist Church has produced a new ministry partnership.

Calvary UMC and Resilient share a similar mission which is to serve the local community in Villa Park and its surrounding communities. Together Calvary and Resilient can work to help community residents’ move from relief to flourishing. Both organizations mission includes making disciples of Jesus Christ. Together this partnership can strengthen and develop both congregations and communities, help alleviate human suffering and seek justice, freedom and peace. Our partnership will service mainly non-English speaking people in our community; who are of Latino, Polish, and Asian descent. This population includes parents of local school children and those who participate in English classes. We are hopeful this will create a pathway to citizenship and ultimately employment.

As you are reading this article, I want you to please think about how you can become involved as a member of Calvary with this new ministry opportunity. Just like the seeds we plant in springtime produce beautiful summer flowers. If you plant and give and share seeds of your time and talents with this ministry opportunity lives can be touched and bloom and blossom in beautiful ways. Please let me know if you want to hear more about additional ways Calvary members can become involved in this partnership. I believe this new partnership will be in full bloom soon.

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