Matthew’s Gospel recorded the Great Commission of Jesus when He said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matt. 28: 19, 20). As noted previously, for 2,000 years it has been the unchanging mission of the Christian church.
Our local church focus is making disciples through inviting others to join us and become a part of Christ’s family. We are thankful in 2017 of our 12 new members thus far. (See related photos).
In addition to praying for and inviting our unchurched neighbors and friends, our Methodist churches also support overseas missionaries who plant Methodist churches and make disciples by going to “all nations” as Jesus commissioned us to.
On June 18, Fathers’ Day, we are privileged to have a United Methodist Missionary family, Eric & Elizabeth Soard, and their 3 young sons, who have served in Tanzania for the past 7 years in southwest Africa. In that time they have started 15 churches and established a Methodist college.
The Soards will share their ministry in Tanzania during the Sunday school hour in the Grand Hall, where we will have Dub’s Donuts and coffe. Sunday school classes, children, youth, and adult, are invited to come to the Grand Hall at 9:45 am to meet the Soards and hear their story, in lieu of our regular Sunday school class. Eric and Elizabeth will also be introduced in both worship services & speak briefly.
I hope you will make plans to be here on June 18 to meet Eric & Elizabeth Soard and hear the exciting things God is doing in Tanzania.