Ready for Year 2!

This past week, I have been in Athens every day for the annual meeting of the North Georgia Annual Conference. I’ll be honest with you…it was a long and exhausting week as our primary responsibility for this year was electing new delegates for General and Jurisdictional Conferences for next summer. While the work and business part of the conference was tough, there was also lots of hope and highlights from the week as well. I am also very grateful to Ann McCauley and Janet Brown who represented Royston First UMC well at Annual Conference. I hope you will thank them for spending their time in Athens this past week.

One of my favorite parts of the entire week was catching up with friends from all around North Georgia. With each conversation, I would always be asked, “How’s it going in Royston?” This question allowed me the opportunity to share about the amazing things that we have seen God do in the last year and how much my family and I love our church and the surrounding community. In the midst of the chaos of this past week, I found myself praising God for each of you and ready to return home so that we can continue our mission together of “making disciples of Jesus who make disciples of Jesus.”

In his letter to the Colossians, the apostle Paul wrote, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him,” (Colossians 3:15-17). I am grateful for the wonderful work we have begun together, but I still believe the best is yet to come! I look forward to another year in ministry with you in Royston, and I remain humbled and honored that I get to be your pastor.

Have a great weekend and I look forward to being with you in worship this Sunday at 8:45 and 11:00!

To God be the Glory,

P.S. This Sunday is Father’s Day! If your dad lives close, I want to encourage you to invite him to be with us in worship this Sunday. Still looking for a good Father’s Day gift? Take your dad to a baseball game with us next Friday, June 21 (see details below). It’s an easy and wonderful way to spend time with your dad this Father’s Day.