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Pastor’s Message About the Coming Weeks

Pastor’s Message About the Coming Weeks

Chapel Hill Family, “…a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me…¬†Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me,¬†but he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.'” – 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 Paul writes about...
Pastor’s Message: March 10th, 2020

Pastor’s Message: March 10th, 2020

Chapel Hill Family, We entered the second rotation of our Rolling Lenten Fast this week. We continue our daily prescribed fasts which we undertake as we seek to calibrate our focus on and trust in our God of love and grace. As we do so, there is a tiny part of our fast I would...
Pastor’s Message: March 3rd, 2020

Pastor’s Message: March 3rd, 2020

Chapel Hill Family, This week I write to share some exciting news that has taken shape over the past few months. As of the first of the year, we are partnering with Synergy Wesley Foundation to connect with students at Brookhaven College. Synergy is a United Methodist ministry for college students based at the University...
Pastor’s Message: February 25th, 2020

Pastor’s Message: February 25th, 2020

Chapel Hill Family, A couple of your fellow CHUMC members and I attended the North Texas Conference of the UMC Immigration Summit two weeks ago at Lovers Lane UMC. We enjoyed a wonderful time of worship and reflection on the humanitarian crisis occurring on our border. It has been my intent to travel down to...
Pastor’s Message: February 18th, 2020

Pastor’s Message: February 18th, 2020

By next Wednesday, we enter again into the season of Lent, our 40-day season of discipline and devotion. As United Methodists, we speak often of our disciplines, or means of grace, which we know we can practice as the ordinary means by which we can receive grace in the prevenient, justifying, and sanctifying stages of...
Pastor’s Message: February 11th, 2020

Pastor’s Message: February 11th, 2020

Chapel Hill Family, In the film City Slickers, city slicker Mitch Robbins and his city-slicker friends are riding on horseback on a cattle drive alongside the rough and rugged Cowboy Curly. The cattle drive is part of a mid-life crisis Mitch has found himself in the midst of as he wonders what life holds next...
Pastor’s Message: February 4th, 2020

Pastor’s Message: February 4th, 2020

Chapel Hill Family, This past Sunday, we began our worship series entitled “The Blessed Life.” As we explored “The Beatitudes” in Matthew 5:1-12 together, we explored the connections between Jesus’ teaching and Isaiah. These connections exist because when God arrived in the flesh, God did so in the midst of the Jewish prophetic tradition. The...
Pastor’s Message: January 21st, 2020

Pastor’s Message: January 21st, 2020

Chapel Hill Family, We announced on the Sunday before last that Idalia’s role has changed with CHUMC at the start of 2020. She is still serving as our minister of families and children. However, she is no longer serving as an indigenous church planter seeking to plant a new worshipping community within CHUMC. As we...
Pastor’s Message: January 14th, 2020

Pastor’s Message: January 14th, 2020

Disney has released a new show in the streaming universe called the Mandalorian. In an episode of the show, the Mandalorian is suspicious of a droid that once attempted to kill a child he protects. A friend named Kuill who the Mandalorian has asked to keep the child for a time reprogrammed the droid to...
Pastor’s Message: January 7th, 2020

Pastor’s Message: January 7th, 2020

By now, you have seen the news reports. A wide-ranging group of United Methodists met together with a well-known mediator to work out an agreed plan for separation to submit to the 2020 General Conference. This plan will enable us all to put decades of contention regarding the inclusion of LGBTQ people in the Church...

EPHESIANS 3:18

I wish above all things that you may know how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ for you.