Members and friends of Pittman Park,
As you may know, Pittman Park United Methodist Church is a part of the South Georgia Annual Conference, a connection of churches who work together to make disciples and transform the world. This Saturday, August 20, 2022 a special session of the South Georgia Annual Conference will be held to ratify the decision of 61 churches to disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church and leave the South Georgia Annual Conference over issues surrounding human sexuality, accountability to the Book of Discipline, and theology.
- For more information regarding the Called Annual Conference Session click here.
- To see the Resolution Approving Disaffiliation of Local Churches following this link: https://www.sgaumc.org/files/websites/www/Resolution+for+Disaffiliating+Churches.pdf
I ask for you to be in prayer for these churches and for our Annual Conference as we navigate forward into the future. Especially, be in prayer for our church as we begin talking about where our denomination, conference, and church are headed.
This week we hold our first conversation about our future. The dates and locations of future conversations are below.
August 21, 2022 at 10:00am Fellowship Sunday School Class
August 28, 2022 at 10:00am Lectionary Sunday School Class
September 5, 2022 at 10:00am Open Meeting in the Fellowship Hall
September 12, 2022 at 10:00am Open Meeting in the Fellowship Hall
October 2, 2022 at 10:00am via Zoom with the Lagniappe Class
If you, or a group you are a part of, would like to schedule a time to talk more about our church, our denomination, or the future, please reach out to email@example.com or call 912-678-5631. Other resources for these conversations can be accessed on our website pittmanpark.org/lets-talk
I conclude this week by saying that I love God, I love people, and I love Pittman Park. My hope is that we, as a church, would continue to keep our focus on our mission making disciples and transforming the world. I see God at work here among us—from youth professing faith in Jesus Christ, to new members, new missions, and opportunities to continue to reach our community—and an incredible opportunity to share the Gospel in Statesboro. I pray that we would not become so consumed by controversy that we fail to do the Kingdom work we are here to do. I pray that our eyes would open to see God’s work among us, our ears ready to hear the voice of God and one another as we speak, our hands moving to serve others, and that our words would be compassionate and grace-filled.
For Jesus. For People. For Community.
I have been, and will continue to pray about this. I pray that God will open our hearts and our eyes to see His truth and to love one another and the world. I pray that you will be blessed as you share with us in the coming weeks. Pittman Park is filled with people who are family to me.
This verse was my prayer this morning:
2 Peter 1:5-8
Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance, and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness brotherly-kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Praying that we become a 1 Peter 3:8 church…Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.