Let me take a moment to introduce myself. I am a daughter, a mother, a wife, and grandmother. There are things I enjoy in life, including being creative, the great outdoors, and spoiling my grandbabies before sending them home. In other words, I am an ordinary, every day person just like everyone else, but wonderfully and beautifully made just the same.
As the pastor of the church, I have been called by God to lead people to becoming the people God created us to be. It is not the role of our faith to “fix” people. That is totally God’s job. Our faith calls us to love people and create a world that resembles the kingdom of God here on earth. My hope is that as we grow in faith together, our journey will lead us to open ourselves up allowing God to “fix” us.
One thing I truly believe is that disciples of Jesus Christ are active in love. Faith is to be lived out in tangible ways. Here at First UMC of Warren, we are working hard at living into our mission to Connect people to God’s love; Grow disciples of Jesus Christ; and Serve God by serving others. It’s a mission that has allowed us to do amazing ministry. Last year, we were able to put together 220 layettes for young, struggling mothers in our community; hosted MCREST for the 20th year; and supported ministries around the globe through UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief.) These ministries included providing clean water to impoverished communities and aid for families separated at our borders.
If you are looking to connect with God’s love for you or grow as a disciple or you simply want to connect with a place to serve, there is a space for you here. Great things are happening here and we would love for you to be part of it.
Blessings, Pastor Melissa