~Staying Connected~

….A newsletter from the desk of Pastor Steve-Alton United Methodist Church….

December 2017

Consider This

     A couple of Sundays ago, I spoke about “pivotal days.”  We’ve all experienced them, right?  Whether it’s a birthday, graduating from school, getting married, having children and grandchildren, whatever your pivotal days look like, they are all part of the journey.

     A pivotal day I especially remember is one from 48 years ago.  The date was July 16, 1969.  My brother and I were outside catching lightning bugs, when our Dad summoned us inside to watch something really important on TV.  The event he wanted us to watch was the launch of Apollo 11, the rocket that would land people on the moon for the first time ever.  What a pivotal day, as Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong would eventually step onto the surface of the moon on July 21st.    

    One scene that made a lasting impression on me was the actual launch of Apollo 11.  The billows of fire and smoke along with the tremendous noise produced when the rocket blasted-off presented an awesome scene.  203,400 gallons of kerosene combined with 318,000 gallons of liquid oxygen were burned at launch, producing 7.5 million pounds of thrust.  Without this fuel, Apollo 11 would have never taken off, and that pivotal day when the nation watched men walk on the moon would never have happened.  The provision of fuel made that pivotal day possible.

     As we begin to wrap-up another year in ministry together, I want to thank you for the fuel you have provided to our rocket ship called Alton United Methodist Church.  This fuel included your prayers, time, talents and treasure.  Because of this fuel, our church has been able to launch ourselves through another year together, providing pivotal days and moments of ministry for each other, our community, and our world.

     In a recent statement about stewardship I shared with you, I listed some of the ministries made possible by your fuel in 2017.  The fuel you have provided has enabled our church to be a conduit for God’s presence, bringing light into the lives of people who too often walk alone in darkness.

     Now, as we journey through the season of Advent, we set our sights on a New Year right around the corner.  I offer you deep thanks for providing us with the fuel that makes ministry possible for the Alton United Methodist Church, and invite you to partner with us as we launch our church family into 2018.  It’s been a great ride...let’s keep it going!