Immanuel United Methodist Church
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Pastor's Page by Pastor Albert Rush

What is Next for Us?

Immanuel in the year of 2019 God is moving our ministry to places we have never seen before. First, as of March 9, 2019 at 11:00am I will no longer be a student local Pastor. I will be a fully certified Local Pastor and our 7-year journey through that process will be completed. In addition, sometime in the fall of 2019, I will no longer be a single man. I will be married to the wonderful Debra Lewis of Southfield, MI.  As for our church, we are working hard to find different ways to show the world why they should be part of a wonderful family, where we allow the love of God to remove the divisions of our society and work to bring people to Christ by our actions.
Secondly, I would like to thank all new and returning members of our committees; your commitment will help us grow our church by indentifying the various ways that we enhance our ministries. Here are just a few of the ideas mentioned to enhance our ministry: 
  • Facebook live and audio recording of the sermons
  • Youth Band
  • Children’s choir
  • Pastor’s Bible study
  • Men’s Bible Study
  • Spring Cleaning Day
  • Location bible studies at places where people gather
Furthermore, I am sure that there are other ideas that God has yet to reveal to us.
Every New Year, we always have some old and new challenges in the midst of the joys.  We continue to struggle to meet our weekly budget. But with our faith in God, we decided to make sure that we made 100% of our apportionment payments in 2018.  In the coming weeks, there will be more information about our budget struggles and various ways that the finance committee with try to address them.  Additionally, the trustees will be dealing with a number of repairs to both the church and the parsonage. 
Finally, I will leave you with the great Sounds, Activities, and Outreach which allowed us to have a great adventure in working to bring people to Christ.  All of our 2018 events were just so spirited and filled with God’s love.  I thank all the volunteers that worked to make the events such as Community Forum on Opioid /Narcan Training, Lenten Programs and Meals, IUMC Summer Jams Concert, Gratiot Cruise, Warriors of the Bible VBS, MCREST, Raise the Praise, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, Christmas Shoppe and our Christmas Eve Services so much fun and huge blessing for our community.  
I do not know where 2019 will take us, but I trust God to show us the way there together as one Body of Christ.
I will leave you with 1 Corinthians 12:22-27:

22 The parts of the body that people think are the weakest are the most necessary.  23 The parts of the body that we think are less honorable are the ones we honor the most.  The private parts of our body that aren’t presentable are the ones that are given the most dignity.  24 The parts of our body that are presentable don’t need this.  But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the part with less honor,  25 so that there won’t be division in the body and so the parts might have mutual concern for each other.  26 If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part gets the glory, all the parts celebrate with it.  27 You are the body of Christ and parts of each other.


For I can do everything through Christ,
who gives me strength.


Pastor Albert L. Rush

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