UMC Provides Awesome Support for Greater Things Campaign
United Methodist Church, Arkansas Conference and Central District,
Thank you. You all have been supportive of Grace since our church was planted in the Intermediate school six years ago. When Sardis first set out to plant in our church, you were there. With your prayers, your presence and your finances you stood behind this new campus in East End.
When Grace hired me to be the full time campus pastor you stood behind me. When I was going through local pastor licensing school there was a death in my church family and the instructors there supported and helped me. Bob Crossman has been available to me from the beginning and has always listened and advised me. He has never been too busy to return my call. Mike Morey was a friend to me when he was my DS, he encouraged and directed me and directly contributed to my growth as a pastor. Dede Roberts has continued this tradition of being an incredible DS. She has been patient with my inexperience and has been an advocate for Grace from day one. She continues to be an amazing asset to our church and to my pastoral development.
When it was time for Grace to become our own church the Central District again supported Grace. They directed our movement through the process of moving from a second campus to a new church start. On December 9, 2012 we became Grace United Methodist Church and today we have over 100 members and we are averaging over 220 in attendance. Again, the UMC was there for this milestone.
Today, I have again seen the power of being connected through the United Methodist Church. We are currently in the midst of a capital campaign that we believe will enable us to move from the Intermediate School to our own building. The United Methodist Church has again supported Grace. I just opened a check from the Arkansas Conference that nearly doubled the amount of money in our campaign fund. Not only have they supported us, they have challenged us. The Central District has committed to making another substantial donation once our congregation reaches a very attainable level of pledges. These contributions to our campaign will go a long way toward helping us create a permanent bridge to the people of our community. The United Methodist Church has put us that much closer to our calling of building a center of restoration, connection and service.
I want to personally thank you. I really do not even know all the people who are involved in making a decision like this, but please know we are truly grateful. Our church is doing all we can to make disciples for the transformation of the world and it feels good to know that our district, conference and denomination are committed to fighting the good fight with us.
Thank you and to God be the glory.
Pastor, Grace United Methodist Church