Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
I am persuaded that we are engaged in great life changing work! We sing in that wonderful Carol Owens hymn, “All power is given in Jesus name, in earth and heaven in Jesus name, and in Jesus name I come to you, to share his power as he told me to." He said, “Freely, freely you have received, freely, freely give. Go in my name, and because you believe, others will know that I live.” In a song, this is what we are about and it is very good! I invite you to arrive at annual conference ready to sing, prepared to engage, and come as an open vessel to the work of the Holy Spirit as we give ourselves to Holy Conferencing.
Tuesday morning worship will be of special importance as we launch the LIGHT THE WAY CAMPAIGN to support the bold leap of starting new diverse worshipping communities and collaborating with congregations to extend their vitality for our mission across Ohio. I am inviting you to join me in raising at least $200,000 in this offering. Our mission is clear – to equip local churches to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world…a world of justice, love and peace filled with people growing in the likeness of Jesus Christ. Our strategic plan guides us in reaching more people, more young people, more diverse people with the love of God through Jesus Christ. We have already made significant progress in just one year of identifying, assessing, training and preparing a new band of new church pastors. At the same time, vital congregations are reaching out in new and significant ways to those on the margins.
Your generosity in the past makes me believe this is the perfect time to LIGHT THE WAY by multiplying our ministries across West Ohio. “He said, freely, freely you have received, freely, freely give.” You are encouraged to take an offering for this purpose in your local congregation prior to Annual Conference and bring it with you to Lakeside. We will take up this offering on Tuesday June 6 during the morning worship service. Our gifts can make all the difference in our seizing the opportunities at hand to “make (more) disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”
In advance I give God thanks for your continued generosity. As always, I am
Your servant through the Risen Christ,
+Gregory V. Palmer