Pastor Drew’s Writings

Pastor Drew’s Writings

Pastoral Letter-Easter 2024

  Easter 2024 Letter from Drew Easter greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, resurrected and forever alive! Here’s the gospel in five words: moving from death to life. Consider these three Bible verses: Whoever hears my words and believes has eternal life and has crossed over from death to life. Isn’t that wonderful? Because of Jesus’ physical Resurrection to life, resurrection to new and eternal life is made possible for the rest of us, and…

God, Increase My Desire for You….

  In my January 7 sermon, entitled “Are We There Yet?” I encouraged everyone to take personal responsibility for their spiritual maturity. I offered this prayer as a starting place–a prayer asking God to increase one’s desire to know him more and better. God, give me the desire to grow. Stir my heart and make me aware of an increasing yearning within to grow in my discipleship…to know more about you, but more importantly, to know you more. Increase my…

United Methodist or Global Methodist?

  Pastor’s Article – June 2022 Tower Chimes If you’re confused by the title of this article, let me clear things up, then I’ll continue. The UnitedMethodist Church (UMC) came into existence in 1968, when The United Brethren Church and the Methodist Episcopal Church merged to form a new denomination. Four years later, at the first general conference of The UMC, the topic of human sexuality was raised and has been discussed and debated at every general conference since then.…

Seriously?

  Pastor’s Article – May 2022 Tower Chimes On the day after Easter, a spring snow storm came through much of lower Michigan. I texted a photo to my parents, who are still in California, with the message, “See what you’re missing?” to which they texted back, “Seriously?” accompanied by a giant crying face emoji. On that first Easter, the women who discovered that Jesus’ tomb was empty received a ‘Seriously?’ response when they reported their finding to the men.…

Pastor’s Report (charge conference)

  Pastor Drew’s 2021 Charge Conference Report July 1, 2021, marked the completion of my first year here and the beginning of my second year. The past year posed a number of unique challenges, but it also gave us an opportunity to begin to forge a new path forward. Transitioning to a new appointment for me and to a new pastor for the congregation in the middle of the global COVID-19 pandemic was an exceptional challenge for all of us.…