Category Archives: Pastor’s Blog

Welcome Our New Pastor – Rev. Dr. Jerry Chism

5/1 UPDATE: Dr Chism will be visiting our church and congregation on May 17th. Please come to the Wednesday Value meal to meet Dr Chism. St John’s UMC welcomes Dr Chism as our new senior pastor beginning July 2, 2017. … Continue reading

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“Advent: A Holy and Sacred Beginning”

As Christians, we began the new year yesterday with the first Sunday of Advent. It is a bold and declarative statement to the world that being a follower of Christ means that we live our lives rooted in the work … Continue reading

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What’s Next?

On Wednesday evening, June 1, our church body gathered together in the sanctuary for a church conference. Led by our District Superintendent, Dr. Clifton Howard, we voted regarding the 5 prescriptions offered to us by the Healthy Church Initiative Consultant … Continue reading

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Following God’s Lead

This coming Sunday, May 22 during the 11:00 am worship we will be honoring our seniors. This is a high and holy time in the life of the church. Many of these students have grown up in this congregation. Many … Continue reading

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Healthy Church Initiative Weekend

Four years ago our church entered into a partnership with the Healthy Church Initiative of the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Since that time we have been doing a self-study: we have conducted interviews with community leaders, … Continue reading

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Forgiveness

Frederick Buechner says, “When somebody you’ve wronged forgives you, you’re spared the dull and self-diminishing throb of a guilty conscience. When you forgive somebody who has wronged you, you’re spared the dismal corrosion of bitterness and wounded pride. For both … Continue reading

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Holy, Obedient Living

On May 24, 1738, John Wesley, the founder of the United Methodist Church made this entry in his private journal, “In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther’s Preface to … Continue reading

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What Now?

I just had a friend send me a video from her former pastor’s Easter sermon which was titled, “What Now?” That seems to me a curious question and one worth asking on the heels of the great Easter celebration. What … Continue reading

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Commitment Sunday – 2015

Renewing our commitment to Christ through our baptismal vows and financial pledging.                

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Great Leading Begins With Devoted Following!

There is a great deal of literature out there in our culture regarding leadership. It seems there are quite a few opinions concerning what goes into making a good leader. We are a culture that invests much in the whole … Continue reading

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