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Dear <<First Name>>,

Change is coming to First Methodist Carrollton. This Sunday will be the last for David Bales before he and his family move to California. After the 10:30 worship service, along with the lunch in David’s honor, there will be an opportunity to show appreciation to David through a money tree that will be available for cards and gifts. David has been our Worship Pastor for 12 years, and we will miss his leadership and heart in worship.

Then on July 31, Riley Bowles will complete his last Sunday with us as our Family and Children’s Pastor. Riley is currently a graduate student at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and is stepping down to focus more time on his studies and maintain balance in his life. Even though Riley has only been here for a year, he has left his mark on our hearts and the lives of the children in his care. A reception in his honor will follow the 10:30 worship service on July 31. 

When change comes, the transition from Known to Unknown is difficult and often anxiety-producing. As I have prayed through these transitions, God has challenged me again and again:
 

“John, how big is your God?
Do you trust me to take care of First Methodist Carrollton and provide the right people at the right time?”

 

<<First Name>>, the God who created us is bigger than anything we might face. I am convinced that if allow our problem to seem bigger than God, we pray without faith, worship without awe, serve without joy, and suffer without hope. Therefore, let us move forward, trusting God to bring the best to First Methodist. Remember, the Church is the divine combination of God’s people working together with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. In these moments, as I call on God I hear His answer:
 

“I will walk with this church through every circumstance. Do not fear the future or the unknown. Depend on Me when everything feels out of control. Trust Me when you feel the tides of anxiety. I will give you a strength that will surprise you and be more than adequate to cope with whatever it is you have to face.”
 

Join me in praying for God’s work here at our church. Join me in looking upward. We live in tough times. It is easy for our problems to seem too big to handle, but our God is greater still. As I think of David and Riley, I remember the words of Paul from Philippians 1:3, “I thank my God of every remembrance of you.” 

See you Sunday,
Pastor John Allen

PS. This Sunday, we'll examine Genesis 32:22-30 and 1 Peter 2:9-10 as we look at the Old Testament story of Jacob. Through Jacob, we see the story of God’s redemption and transforming presence. 

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