Arbor Grove Congregational Church
August 2018

STILL MOVING FORWARD

Some thoughts about being the Arbor Grove Temporary Minister:
I have been in this position a couple of months now and I wanted to share some of my experiences. Preparing a sermon was not new to me, but preparing a sermon each week has been a challenge. Pastoral Care is not new either, as I have shared that with John, Don, and Dan for several years. We have many members and friends in our congregation to visit and making time to get to all of them has been a little challenging, but not overwhelming. What was new, first receiving a phone call and hearing; “Is this Pastor Jerry?” I had to stop and think a moment; I am not used to “Pastor.” Also coming up with monthly themes for Sunday services was new and challenging. I am always open for suggestions, and welcome any suggestions or comments on Sunday service, or other aspects of our church. Please feel free to contact me anytime.

Looking Forward:
I am willing to work with anyone and everyone, as we keep moving forward. Let us all support our Arbor Grove leadership. They are working outside their comfort zones, and doing a great job. We all need to work together and support each other, to continue to communicate with one another sharing ideas, suggestions, and observations to help as we move forward. During times of transition, it is easy to get discouraged, frustrated, and experience anxiety because we are all outside our comfort zone. Supporting one another is always important. Remember these words from Romans 12:5 “So we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another." I pray that we maintain faith in our Lord, hope for our future, and love for one another.

Faith: Psalm 116:10
I kept my faith, even when I said, “I am greatly afflicted”

Romans 15:13
So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.

Hope: Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Love: 1 Corinthians 13:13
And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

As we begin the search for our new minister and until that person arrives, with our Lord’s help and your patience, I will do my best to fill the void.

Let us all pray for our Lord’s guidance, patience, endurance, peace, joy, and love for one another.

Respectfully,
Rev. Jerry W. Turner

Arbor Grove Congregational Church
2621 McCain Road
Jackson, MI 49203
(517) 784-4824
secretary@arborgrovechurch.org
pastor@arborgrovechurch.org