It has been a while since I have written an e-votional. To say it has been a busy summer would be an understatement! We started June with both Bowiefest and the SMA walk. I then traveled to Louisville for two weeks for my doctoral studies. At the end of the two weeks, Heather and Hannah flew out and joined me so that we could drive to Illinois for a wedding. We then drove back to Maryland. Less than two weeks later, we left a day early and took Hannah to Great Wolf Lodge. We went from there to Mars Hill, North Carolina for our mission trip. We are only half way through July and we have several other adventures planned!
Long story short, we have done a lot of driving! A few times people have asked me how we got there. They want to know what route we took. Almost every time I had the same answer, “I don’t know!” When I go somewhere, especially a long trip, I plug the address into my GPS and goes where it tells me. I don’t really pay attention to what road I am on or where I am, I just follow the GPS. I have complete and total faith in my GPS.
I wish I followed Jesus as faithfully as I follow my GPS. I wish I could have the same faith in Jesus that I have in my GPS. My GPS tells me to go somewhere and I go. Jesus calls me to do something and I question, reason, think about it, pray. If it is something I am excited about, I jump right in. If it is something I am hesitant about, I look for justifications why I shouldn’t do it. That isn’t the case with my GPS. If it tells me to go somewhere, I go with almost no question! Why is that?
It could be that the GPS is much more tangible. It might be the it is very clear when the GPS is telling us to go somewhere. It could be that I can clearly hear the GPS, it might be that the GPS only deals with directions, or it could be any host of things! It could even be that I don’t have quite as much faith in Jesus as I like to think I do.
Jesus tells us to follow him. That is what we, as Christians, are supposed to do. We are supposed to follow in Jesus’ footsteps. Jesus speaks this command 22 times in the Gospels. Sometimes we do a better job than others. Sometimes we follow our GPS more faithfully. But following Christ is what we should strive to do in all things!
Matthew 9:9 “As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him.”
Board Corner – Summer, 2018
It is important to the Board that our congregation is kept informed on discussions that are taking place and decisions that are being made for the good of the United Parish of Bowie. Minutes of Board meetings, along with agendas, monthly financial statements, and the pastor’s report, are kept in a binder in the church library.
In the past few months, the Board has been at work in several different areas including:
- Pastor Chris and the Board continued a discussion of the Acts of the Apostles during the April, May and June Board meetings. Also, individual Board members led a discussion on a sermon or scripture passage from a worship service from the previous month at each Board meeting.
- The Board approved the Nominating Committee Policy document, and it was decided to present the amended/corrected UPB Bylaws document to an approval vote at a future congregational meeting.
- During May, the Board presented the Congregational Survey developed by the committee chairs to the congregation for their input.
- The National Capital Presbytery annual review of UPB’s records was conducted on April 21, 2018. Sharon Doughty, our UPB Board Secretary, prepared the many documents and represented UPB at the review. UPB’s documents were well received and the church passed the review, thanks to Sharon’s efforts.
- The Board has instituted a “Membership Check-in” portion of each Board meeting. Board members discuss problems and issues that have come to their attention affecting various members of the congregation. Actions are discussed, if appropriate.
- The Board continues to review and update existing UPB policy documents, including identifying those that have not yet been developed. Some policies that still need to be developed are: Recordkeeping by the Treasurer, Disaster Preparedness, Communications, and Receiving Gifts.
The Board is meant to represent the membership of the United Parish. Please feel free to contact any Board member or Pastor Chris with your ideas, suggestions and/or concerns. Board members for 2018 are Gene Barbato, Mary Bird, Sharon Doughty, Terry Drown, Sue Kennedy, Cathie Lambert and Nancy Snyder.