Franklin United Methodist Church
Friday, October 19, 2018
Seeking, Sharing, and Serving Christ

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304-358-2989 (parsonage)
304-661-5542 (cell)
Pastor Mike Loudermilk
304-358-2989 (parsonage) 304-661-5542 (cell)

    Summer is quickly passing us by. School has started and we had some cool temperatures last week. I thought it was very refreshing walking the dog. (However, I may be one of the few who thought it was refreshing.)
     The sermon from August 26 asks the question “Is the beginning of anything the end?” Typically we would answer this question no. However, many times in the church we are happy and content with just getting in. We begin our relationship with Jesus Christ and feel like we made it. I do not think we should be content with this and I believe God wants more for and from us. Our relationship with God is a lifelong process of being molded into Christ likeness. Wesley would have explained this as sanctifying grace. The reason we planted the community garden was to help us to develop relationships with people around Pendleton County.
     God has truly blessed our garden. We have had several volunteers help with the garden. So far we have picked around five bushels of green beans and six bushels of corn, and tomatoes are starting to ripen. Steve Kile and I were curious about the potatoes, so we dug a couple of hills and got half of a five gallon bucket. They looked really good. As you can see the garden has done well.
     The produce has been distributed to C.A.N., the senior center and the group home. We hope to send some corn to the senior center at North Fork this week. Everyone has been very appreciative of the produce. It has given me the opportunity to meet people at C.A.N. and the senior center. I hope this will lead us to ministry opportunities at these facilities.
     As you can see the garden is a way to build relations with people in our community. I realize everyone cannot be involved, but I want people to think about ways they can be involved in the community. We cannot be content with just being inside the church. Everyone should be in a relationship with someone with the intention of sharing their faith. I close with Jesus’s words from Luke 10:2 “And he said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest (ESV).’”
— Pastor Mike Loudermilk