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Pastor’s Note: – July 30, 2017

The loaded minivan pulled into the only remaining campsite. Four children leaped from the vehicle and began feverishly unloading gear and setting up the tent. The boys rushed to gather firewood, while the girls and their mother set up the camp stove and cooking utensils.

A nearby camper marveled to the youngsters’ father, “That, sir, is some display of teamwork.”

The father replied, “I have a system. No one goes to the bathroom until the camp is set up.”
What motivates us at FUMC to work together? Need, of course, is always a strong motivator. It often does not include joy, however. Teams that enjoy and look forward to working together rather than individuals promoting themselves regardless of the results to others and the team achieve far more over time.
Families are the training ground and the test facility for teamwork. Consequently, the church, the family of God, is at ground zero for team development. Friends, the world needs us!
For the first time, an American is CEO of a Japanese automaker, Mazda. We are eating foods, wearing clothes and using technology from all over the world. Rough times create strange bedfellows and force us to acknowledge our interdependence.

By what standards do you live your life? By the ego-driven method of greed and independence or by the interdependent approach of teamwork?

Independence will not get you through the coming years. The buzzword for the 21st century needs to be interdependence.—Wally Amos, “Mantra for modern times: teamwork,” The Costco Connection, June 2005, 11.
God pleads with us through Romans 15 to work together. Through Paul He says, “We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves….May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus….Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”
I have marveled at the teamwork of the SPRC (Staff Parish Relations Committee), Trustees, and the UMW (United Methodist Women) in preparing the parsonage for Laura and my arrival. I have experienced the joy and blessing of VBS and the Food Pantry Distribution spearheaded by the UMW of those that gave and those that received. I rejoice when I see the results of your inviting others to come into the presence of the living Christ through worship. As one person shared with me this week, “I have never seen such great attendance during the summer over the course of several weeks.” Our worship attendance has been 119, 139, 118, and 120. Your joy is contagious!
My prayer for us all is “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”—Romans 15:13
Pastor Randy

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