June Communicator

Christ Alive in Us!

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God –
not by works, so that no one can boast.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
                                                ~Ephesians 2:8-10 (NIV)

This year’s Annual Conference 2021 is scheduled over four days, 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16 through noon on Saturday, June 19. This year, the Lay Member to Annual Conference representing Ridgewood UMC is Bonniejean Pearson.

You may view the livestream of this year’s business sessions and worship services on the East Ohio Conference website at www.eocumc.com/eoac21. Join me virtually on any of the days of this year’s conference as we celebrate our connection with churches throughout East Ohio. This time of Holy Conferencing, led by Bishop Tracy S. Malone, will lift your Spirit, and encourage your faith. Bishop Malone invites us to view , every worship service, and all celebrations bear witness to how God’s Spirit is alive and at work through pastors, laity, and churches of the East Ohio Conference.”

Our Bishop explains that, in this extended year of the quadrennium in The United Methodist Church, the Annual Conference theme Christ Alive in Us! expands upon our quadrennial AC theme of Bearing Fruit that Lasts: Called, Committed, Connected.

“The focus is on proclaiming and celebrating how Christ is alive and is at work in and through our lives and through the mission and witness of the Church. We are made alive in Christ … we are God’s handiwork … created in Christ Jesus to do good things … to bear fruit that lasts,” she said.

Pleasant Hills and Ridgewood United Methodist churches are mission outposts in the community. God has a plan to work through each of us – clergy and laity. Together we will identify gifts of the Holy Spirit within us so see where Christ will lead us.

May the love of Christ be with you as you serve,
Pastor Karen