Immanuel United Methodist Church
Sunday, May 27, 2018

Pastor's Page by Pastor Albert Rush


Supporting a Fruit Bearing Tree

Immanuel, we are so blessed that God gives us an opportunity to bear fruit, so that all people can have a chance for Salvation. However, for us to able to bear fruit we must be able to support the ministries of Immanuel in various ways.
 
We are approaching our “Summer of Love” and are in the midst of planning for the Memorial Day Parade, Blessing of the Animals Service, Summer Jams Concerts, Gratiot Cruise, Vacation Bible School and MCREST. Furthermore, we are working on a Capital Infrastructure campaign to update sound system, boiler and provide much needed repairs the roof.
 
Your help needed in so many ways; first, we need you to think about being a part of what call the root committees of the church-- Trustees, Finance, Staff Parish and Administrative Council. The root committees do the work of discussing, caring for, and growing Immanuel’s infrastructure of finances, staffing, programming, worship and facilities. New voices and ideas are wanted in those areas to insure that we are able to support the growing ministry needs of our Immanuel family and the Eastpointe community. In addition your presence in at our events, ministry programs and services are greatly appreciated and hopefully are a blessing to you and our church family as we grow together as the body of Christ.
 
However, sometimes life happens, and we are extremely busy and one more thing to do, can be one more too many. Yet, I ask you to think about all the wonderful ways God’s ministry here blesses us at our church and what can you do to help insure that we are bearing God’s fruit for a community hungry to taste it
 
Ponder this scripture John 15: 1-5
 

1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the vineyard keeper.
2 He removes any of my branches that don’t  produce fruit, and he trims any branch that produces fruit so that it will produce even more fruit.
3
You are already trimmed because of the word I have spoken to you.
4
Remain in me, and I will remain in you. A branch can’t produce fruit by itself, but must remain in the vine. Likewise, you can’t produce fruit unless you remain in me.
5I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, then you will produce much fruit.

Without me, you can’t do anything.

 Amen!

For I can do everything through Christ,
who gives me strength.

 

Pastor Albert L. Rush

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