“All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.” Acts 2:46-47
The description above is one of the earliest ones we have of the church. It comes from the first “history book” of the church, the book of The Acts of the Apostles. From these verses we know members cared for each other, spent time worshipping together, and gathered in other meaningful ways. Something about their life was so compelling, others became interested in joining with them.
We are all blessed to be able to share in the gift of the life of the church and to continue within the tradition of the first followers of Jesus who intentionally gathered and supported each other on the journey of life and faith. Over the past couple of years, we have been additionally blessed to have some newer people join with us regularly for worship and to actively participate in the life of our congregation. I am, therefore, happy to share with everyone that we will be having a new and prospective member class on Sunday, September 12th at 4 PM at the home of Cookie and Buzz Barry. This meeting is for anyone who would like to learn a little more about the history of Methodism, the history of the Methodist movement on Cape Cod, and to review some of the current ministries and priorities of the South Yarmouth United Methodist Church. It will also be a time to discuss what full membership within our congregation means and to answer any questions people might have about the church.
The gathering will be about 2 hours long with a short break for refreshments. Childcare can be provided for those interested in attending, but please let us know by Sunday, September 5th if this is needed. All people interested in attending are encouraged to let either myself or Cookie know by Sunday, September 5th.
I hope we will have a nice turn out for our class on Sunday the 12th. Even if a person is not at the point where they are ready to formally become a member, time spent together like this is usually very rich and meaningful. It will simply be a treat to gather at Cookie and Buzz’s home and enjoy the late afternoon together.
Let us also be sure to be in attendance on Sunday, September 19th when we will joyfully welcome those who are ready to take this step in their faith journey and become full members within our congregation and the life we share.
Grace and Peace,