Skipwith United Methodist Church
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Love God, Follow Jesus, Serve Others
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As a pastor, my personal goal is to draw ever-nearer to the heart of God by loving, listening and serving Jesus Christ. I will be attending a Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation October '18 (as well as several other professional continuing education events) in the hope of learning new disciplines to deepen my devotion to God and make my servant-leadership more effective and genuine.
 
My goal as pastor of Skipwith church is to teach and encourage members and guests to do the same. Through daily personal and communal prayer, Bible Study and compassionate service, we are intentionally nurturing faithful discipleship. We received eleven new members since last Charge Conference and we have 18 potential new members. What's more, we have nurtured and entered into a new partnership with a fledgling Portuguese-speaking church (Adventist) who are using our facilities for worship and discipleship training and who are assisting us in select mission projects (providing food for our "Backpack Ministry", and school supplies for students at a local school, etc.). I am serving as a mentor for one of the leaders of this new church.
 
Evidence shows that we are growing both in our understanding of and practice of generous stewardship. We are planning for a capital campaign to address renovation and expansion needs, as well as to undergird vital  ministries.
 
Our passion for participating in acts of self-sacrificing service is growing as we discern creative ways to "love our neighbor as we love ourselves." We are actively engaging in study and conversation about our denomination's deliberations on "The Way Forward" (how to be in faithful ministry to, with and for members of the LGBTQ community). We are planning another mission trip to Utila, Honduras, to offer various supports to the school we've been assisting for many years. We have expanded our "Backpack Feeding Ministry" to included the Summer months because the need is great (there are over 50,000 food-insecure children in the metro Richmond area).
 
Our worship is a blend of traditional and contemporary music, prayers, litanies, drama, silence and singing which opens us up to God's mysterious and awesome presence. We're learning to intentionally enter into Kairos Time, God's time, whenever we gather. We expect to meet God...to hear from God...to adore and worship God each time. We leave valuing that we are the Church together and that we are called to participate in God's redemptive work in our homes, communities and world through humble, loving, and bold service. Our goal to increase our average worship attendance by 20% has not yet been realized so a challenge has been issued for each member to invite and nurture two new worshippers by 9/19/19.
 
This year we will celebrate the 60th anniversary of our church's founding!
 
~Rev. T. Todd Smith
 
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