Arbor Grove Congregational Church
May 2018

New Beginnings...

We are starting a new chapter in the life of Arbor Grove. With Pastor Dan deciding to move on to new opportunities, we need to remember the two great commandments: to love God and to love our neighbor. As we search our past and look to our future, we know we will need to listen to one another and to support one another. We will have differences, but we will need to focus on the common ground that is Arbor Grove as we move forward.
Matthew 18 reminds us when we have differences with someone, we need to talk with that person face to face. May we begin our new journey together by talking about our differences, finding an understanding of each other’s point of view, and “bridging the gap” to find that common ground.
Rev. Don Mullen, interim minister for 2015-2016, was well known for focusing on love. He had the right idea. This is a theme all people of faith must continue to learn, no matter our age. As Paul said, “Without love, I am a clanging gong or a clashing cymbal.” We should strive to move forward with love for each other and not to “clang.”
Love is a simple thing, yet infinitely complex. In Luke 10:26-28, Jesus asked the lawyer: “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” The lawyer answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus replied, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”
In Matthew 25:40, Jesus said, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” The people of Arbor Grove bring many gifts and talents to our common table. We will each need to step up and do our part as the hands and hearts of Arbor Grove to help us continue to be viable in our church and in our community.
Matthew 18:20 states: “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” May we continue to grow in our understanding of God and each other, to live in understanding of the two great commandments, and to strive to “gather in His name” in support of one another.
Arbor Grove Congregational Church
2621 McCain Road
Jackson, MI 49203
(517) 784-4824