Immanuel United Methodist Church
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Pastor's Page by Pastor Albert Rush


Five Years and Beyond

Immanuel, five years ago my first words to you were “What an awesome God we serve! I am so excited, honored, humbled and appreciative of your SPRC, accepting me as your Pastor. I am fully aware that we have long journey ahead of us, however I pray we will take this journey with one goal in mind, to nurture an environment where people have a strong relationship with Christ. It is through that strong one on one relationship with Christ that we will be able to lead others to Christ.”

Immanuel, I am even more excited, humbled and appreciative of your support over the past five years for the ministry God has given us here at Immanuel. We have loved, laughed, cried, danced and grieved with each other as a true Christian family.

Through every up and down we have been there for each other and our community. I know we still have a lot work to do, but I just want take some time say thank you so much for allowing me to be your Pastor! Getting to know you, your families and friends has but such joy in my life. I am truly energized by your faithfulness, commitment, and love for God’s ministry. Therefore, as we move toward ten years together, I will continue to do all that I can to help us grow our diverse Christian family.

As we continue with our Summer of Love (SOL). In the next few weeks, we will have a huge opportunity to welcome many guests with Vacation Bible School July 10 – 14, IUMC Jams Concerts July 20, August 17, September 21 and MCREST ministry August 6 – 13. It is my hope and prayer that many of our guests will take an opportunity to be part of our family. However, your help is needed to insure that our guests feel welcomed, loved and cared for, that can only happen if we have enough volunteers.

Once again, thank you so much for allowing me to be your Pastor for the last five years and beyond! I truly love my job and my family at Immanuel UMC! I will leave you with this scripture Ephesians 4:12-16
 

will leave you with this scripture Ephesians 4:12-1

12 His purpose was to equip God’s people for the work of serving and building up the body of Christ
13 until we all reach the unity of faith and knowledge of God’s Son. God’s goal is for us to become mature adults—to be fully grown, measured by the standard of the fullness of Christ.
14 As a result, we aren’t supposed to be infants any longer who can be tossed and blown around by every wind that comes from teaching with deceitful scheming and the tricks people play to deliberately mislead others.
15 Instead, by speaking the truth with love, let’s grow in every way into Christ,
16 who is the head. The whole body grows from him, as it is joined and held together by all the supporting ligaments. The body makes itself grow in that it builds itself up with love as each one does its part.

 Amen!

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

 

Pastor Albert L. Rush

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