Message from Pastor

Deja Vu all over again??


As I write today we are experiencing record breaking highs (62 degrees or so) for February. I seem to recall a similar weather pattern last year just before the great storm of ’17. What is in store for 2018? We shall soon see but regardless of the weather, God has something big in store for Newark Valley UMC.

Looking at the sea of faces each Sunday morning I am continually encouraged at what God is doing in our midst. Have you seen? Have you noticed? Look around. Breathe in God’s blessings. As the old song goes “count them one by one and it will surprise you what the Lord has done!”

I find it interesting that for the first time since 1945, Ash Wednesday lands on Valentine’s Day. The day we celebrate with hearts and flowers became the day we focused our hearts on the greatest gift of love ever given. And beyond that, also for the first time since 1945 Easter falls on April fool’s day. Is it ironic that we will celebrate the greatest event in history on the day of foolishness? On this day, God made fool’s folly of Satan’s plans to ruin His creation. Jesus made fools of the Pharisees and Sadducees and their huge sealed stone. When He rose on Resurrection Sunday morning He cleared the path, brought down all the obstacles, tore the separating veil and brought us right into the throne room of God putting to rest once and for all the foolishness of those who worship dead gods. It may be Friday now but Sunday is on the way!! 

Embrace the Mission! Make Disciples for the transformation of Newark Valley! Own the Vision! Believe, Become, Belong, Build! As we work together to be the church that God built, consider what God is preparing, asking you to do for His kingdom. Is it: Come together with other prayer warriors on Thursday mornings to pray OR 20 minutes before the Worship service begins to pray for the Spirit to move in the service? Is it: to join the worship team or tech crew. Is it: become part of the hospitality team, greeters or ushers making everyone, especially new faces, welcome and feel at home? Is it: reaching out to the community welcoming new community families to our community? Is it: becoming part of an intentional Spiritual Formation group to study God’s word in a deeper way? Or, is it something else, a new ministry that God is leading you to initiate? How is God leading you to take stewardship of His work at Newark Valley?


Are you the team leader of one of the ministry teams of NVUMC? If so did you know that as such you are also a member of the Administrative Team? We need you!! Ad Team meets every third Tuesday at 7 p.m. Join us as we seek God’s will to move His church forward.


Looking ahead mark your calendar, invite a friend and celebrate Holy week with us. Maundy Thursday Service, March 29th, will be at Flemingville UMC. Rev. Viki Andrews will lead worship. There will be a Good Friday Prayer Vigil from noon until 3 p.m. followed by our Good Friday Service at 7 p.m. led by Rev. Gary Freeland here at NVUMC. On Saturday March 31st from 9 a.m. until noon come walk The Footsteps of Christ Prayer Walk - All this, leading toward our Easter celebration (my personal favorite holiday) on April 1st.

            So much to look forward to, so many opportunities to not only be blessed but be a blessing. Don’t miss a one!


We on the worship team hope you have enjoyed the pre- service music each Sunday over the past couple of months. We will continue to begin our worship with praise in the coming year beginning at 9:15 each Sunday. All are welcome to visit as you always have, or, join in the singing as you feel led.


There are some of you who worship with us each Sunday but haven’t added your name to our membership rolls. If you would like to become a member of the Newark Valley Family please add your name to the “New Member Class” signup sheet. Once I have an idea of who and how many, we can get together and determine a time and date for NMC.



     May God bless you as the adventure continues!!


And, as always …….Get F.R.O.G.y!!

In Christ,