September 4, 2015
I would like you to do a selfie video. Here’s the story:
Our annual financial stewardship campaign is coming up this month. The theme is Fruits of the Spirit: Giving as a Spiritual Practice. Wes Goodson is heading up this year’s campaign and working with a very creative leadership team.
Wes and our campaign team need “selfie” videos (videos that you create yourself using your cell phone, tablet, or computer) of you responding to this question: what Are Your Gifts? That’s right: selfie videos. Keep your video under one minute in length, and email it to Rich Saxon: rcsaxon at aol dot com. Rich will use the selfies to create a longer video that celebrates our gifts and our giving.
Galatians 5:22-23 says gifts are fruits of the spirit and then lists a number of gifts: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. What would you add to this list? What are your unique gifts? How do your gifts make a difference? Sharing our gifts, and our giving, helps connect us with God, with one another, and with all creation. Your selfies can help tell this story.
Our conversations about developing our property in partnership with Attentions Homes are progressing. Our Strategic Property Action Team is developing a list of frequently asked questions (and the answers) for our church web page that should be posted in the next couple of weeks. Additionally, beginning Sunday, September 13th we’ll have a short update about this project at the beginning of each worship service. It’s important that we all stay informed as the project moves along.
Finally, I want to let you know that at our August Church Council meeting, we agreed to work with Boulder Homeless Services Collaborative to provide space for a day shelter for homeless persons. We will provide space for the day shelter every Wednesday beginning in November.
Here’s Connie Takamine’s recap of the Church Council’s decision:
At the August 4th Church Council meeting, the Council heard a proposal from the Boulder Homeless Services Collaborative for a proposed Day Shelter project. After recent studies, Bridge House, the Boulder Shelter, and Boulder Overflow Housing Organization (BOHO) have formed the Boulder Homeless Services Collaborative and are cooperatively offering services together. They are proposing starting a day shelter at various churches beginning in November, contingent upon funding. They have asked First United Methodist to be one of the sites that would be open from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, one day a week, staffed and managed by BOHO with meals catered by Bridge House. The Council approved having FUMC be a day shelter site on Wednesdays, beginning in November. It was noted that for the day shelter, the entrance would be on the northwest side of the church building by BCAP’s offices. Also the Trustees are working on security issues and other facility needs.
We are a church family committed to bringing the love of God to people in many ways. One of the ways we do this is by sharing the space and resources that God has given us. That’s an important thing to do. Thanks.
Please keep our beloved church in your prayers. I remember you in mine.
Rev. Pat Bruns is the Senior Pastor at First United Methodist Church of Boulder.