10:30 Service - Burlington United Methodist Church
The United Methodist Church of Burlington PE�CIL POI�TS FROM PASTOR PAT I believe that the best of ideas materialize out of many minds which come together by a common bond. Sometimes I have a notion about something I think would be good to share with the church, but the idea seems to want to percolate at its own pace for a while. Then someone will suggest something that is in line with the idea, and it begins to take shape. Maybe something else will catch my eye and there is further coalescence. Such has happened to me recently. There has been much discussion about growing the church, and everyone agrees that one of the keys is children’s ministries. Then a couple of months ago a member asked if I would give some time to a particular ministry/social welfare program for children during a sermon. Yes! Of course! I packed these two ideas away for a while. Then, while going through my stamp collection I came across an issue of 1979 called “The Year of the Child.” It turned out to be a popular issue, with 168 million stamps printed. Many other countries also issued their own designs. Not many people know that the United Nations also issues postage stamps and they too issued a commemorative stamp. The response to the challenges faced by children has led to a broadened program of education and relief. The International Year of the Child effort has continued to develop and today it raises concerns about many issues such as hunger, health, education, child labor, abuse and neglect. These are issues very close to the heart of the United Methodist Church and the teachings of John Wesley. The Year of the Child! Why not declare 2012 the Year of the Child for Burlington UMC? I think it would be a great way to revitalize our ministry to the young of our community and world. To that end on the first Sundays of each month except April (Palm Sunday) I will share a message that addresses the needs, blessings, joys, and ministries of our youngest members. I hope our collective wisdom from this will grow and motivate us to put a greater emphasis on issues concerning children and their families. With shrinking federal and state budgets I often remember a quote from Jean Elshtain: “A society that puts the needs of its children dead last is a society ‘progressing’ rapidly toward moral ruin.” When necessary, let us put the children first! Let’s continue to work to be a place where children always have a place at the table, where their voices are heard and their needs are met. Let us be a place, a church, a sanctuary for those who will one day be the adult voices for humanity, that in their nurtured past they will remember well what we offered to them and continue to pass along the saving love of God. Volume 23, Issue 1 January, 2012 “Sharing God’s Love with Coffey County and the World” Sharing God’s Love Christian Ed. News Christ Inc. News Volunteer Schedule You Did It!!! Prayer List Council Minutes Inside: Charge Conference Leadership and Faith Transforming Communities 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Activity Calendar 11 Check out our website: www.umcburlington.org 2012 is designated “The Year of the Child” for Burlington UMC to emphasize issues concerning children and their families.