Pastor’s Note

February – 2019

I am helping lead an Unidos en Cristo weekend in the middle of February, and I am looking forward to it!

Many of you have been on retreats over the years and enjoyed the renewing it brings to your spirit and mind to be in a place with other Christians, enjoying the wilderness and time together to study the Bible and grow in your faith.

This retreat, though not held in the wilderness (unless you consider North Branch wild!) is like the best retreats you have ever been on, but even better. Many people from our church have described Unidos en Cristo (or Walk to Emmaus which is the United Methodist version of Unidos en Cristo) as a ‘spa for the soul,’ ‘a chance to step back and reassess my relationship with Christ,’ ‘a blast and a lot of fun,’ ‘an encounter with grace.’

Unidos en Cristo (which is Spanish for United in Christ) is a state-wide movement, an act of collaboration with people of many different denominations (Presbyterian, Methodist, Covenant, Baptist, etc.) to help people to deepen their faith and get back on track spiritually. It’s designed to supplement our relationship with Christ through the church and give us a boost to help us grow in our understanding of God’s love for us.

I guess I would best describe Unidos en Cristo as a chance to realize the unimaginable, incredible, never-ending love of God for us. My experience of going through an Unidos en Cristo weekend helped me to realize that Jesus loved me and that realization didn’t just enter my head, I understood the greatness of God’s love in my whole being. At the time I was going through the stress of looking for a new job and was feeling discouraged, but the outpouring of God’s grace on this weekend gave me renewed hope and energy and faith.

As of this writing, we still have openings for the men’s weekend, February 7-10 and the women’s weekend, February 14-17. Please pick up a brochure in the narthex, talk to someone who has been through the weekend (Denny and Nancy, Dave and Jan, Jane and Craig, Holly and Dave, Linda, Lois S., and Donna are around most Sundays), and see if you can fit this ‘spa for the soul’ into your life.

You’ll be glad you did!
~Pastor Holly