Be sure to take a look at First UMC of Alcoa’s home page. Leaders there yesterday announced their decision to join the Wesleyan Covenant Association in a very public way.
As it says in their news release, the Holston Chapter of the WCA is of course very happy to have First UMC Alcoa as a member. Because of the church’s large facilities, its location in the heart of our conference, and the church members’ dedication to traditional, scriptural Methodism, the Holston WCA already is planning ways to deploy First UMC as its anchor church. The church will be a critical part of our advocacy group’s operations as we move through what is becoming a critical time of discernment for United Methodist churches everywhere.
We at the WCA encourage such public announcements regarding where churches stand. We regularly receive calls from people in communities wanting to know where they can find a traditional, biblical Methodist church.
The WCA offers both individual and church memberships. Details about how to join can be found on the WCA membership page. We are grateful for all our individual and church members.
The Rev. Dr. Brad Scott has done a great job of helping us process current UMC events.
The United Methodist Church (at least those who follow the news) is reeling with the actions of a bishop in the North Georgia Annual Conference who has closed down the largest church in her conference and seized their assets. She did this to retaliate against the church for its, let’s see. What was it. Oh yes, they decided to question her right to remove their pastor without asking them for input. She made an appointment projection in April of this year that sought to bring new leadership to this the largest church in her conference at a time that neither the church nor the current pastor anticipated. The church, rightly, balked and the current pastor turned in his credentials (an act that removed him from her power), and the church turned around and hired him, as is their right, to a non-appointive position they created (Lead Preacher and Senior Administrator)…
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Occasionally a new perspective breaks into our awareness and changes everything. I had one of those “God moments” a few days ago. In the midst of frustration and disappointment over waiting for things to change, the Lord spoke into my spirit. “Do you really believe my word?” Of course I said yes, rushing to answer before realizing he was setting me up.
He proceeded to remind me of Romans 8:28, “God causes ALL THINGS to work together for GOOD to those who love him.” Then He gave me an example from parenting. As much as we want to see all people healthy and growing, our first priority is to ensure that our own children are blessed. That is also true of God. Could this mean that the season we’re walking through is to benefit us first of all…to do the pruning in us so we can carry more of His glory going forward?
Isaiah 45:3 is an intriguing verse: “I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden wealth of secret places, so that you may know it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name.”
God has treasure for us to discover…let’s look beyond the darkness and go find some gold!
Thank you for your continued prayers for the WCA and the Global Methodist Church. Please lift up the Global Annual Gathering this weekend. Thursday the WCA Council will be meeting, Friday is Legislative Assembly with voting and Saturday, the Go Global speakers. There will be a live Zoom Prayer Room on Friday from 8:00-4:00, led by various prayer team leaders. If you have time to join, email me and I will send you the Zoom link.
PRAYER POINTS FOR MAY
The Holston WCA Intercessory Prayer Group meets on Zoom at 11:00 Wednesdays and we would love for you to join us. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you the access link.
WCA International Intercessor Leader for Holston Chapter
We at the Holston chapter of the Wesleyan Covenant Association wish all of you a blessed and happy Easter! Wherever we go, let’s declare the truth that we worship the risen Savior!