Geneva United Methodist Church
Monday, July 22, 2019
Make and mature disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Pastoral Message

July 1, 2019, marks the first anniversary since my official arrival at Geneva
United Methodist
 
Church, and what a year it has been! When I look back at
how much we have all 
accomplished over this last year, how many changes
have been made, and how much we 
have all traveled in our faith journeys, I am absolutely astonished!

I spent the whole day on Tuesday, June 26, having all my earthly possessions
loaded into a 
couple moving trucks in Akron, and then unloaded into the
parsonage in 
Geneva. I was up late moving furniture and opening boxes so I could have a bed to sleep in and clean clothes to wear the next day to work at 
the church. Some of you were there to greet me on my first few days with words
of strength and encouragement, and of course, food and 
baked goods, for which
I was very grateful!

Jack and Sara Jane introduced me to Mary’s Diner on my very first day in
Geneva, which 
was a good thing since I couldn’t even find the box in which my microwave oven was packed! I must say that I was a little overwhelmed
and intimidated by all that I was facing at first, but with 
the help of God, and
the love and caring of my new church family, I 
began to take steps forward,
first tentatively, then ever more 
confidently. I have told many of you thanks
for all of your help and 
kindness  over this past year, but let me tell you all
thank you again! I 
could not have done this without each and every one of you.
You are all 
truly a blessing to this church,  to this community, to each other, and certainly to your pastor!

2019 also marks some other steps forward for me as clergy. Last month I
completed my two-year period serving as a provisional elder, and was 
ordained
as an “Elder in Full Connection.” I was so happy to have so 
many of my friends, family and members of the churches I have served present for my ordination!
That was such a blessing for me, and I hope 
it was for you too. Not often do
members of a church get to witness 
their pastor being ordained. And not many members of The United Methodist Church get to see an ordination service, as
they only occur 
once a year at annual conference in Lakeside. Thanks also to all
of you 
who organized, helped with, and attended the celebration afterward. It 
was so nice to get to spend time talking and getting to know all of you better.

The East Ohio Conference and the Western Reserve District have wasted no
time in tapping my gifts and skills either! I have been asked 
to serve on the East
Ohio Conference Board of Trustees for a four-year 
term beginning July 1, 2019.
I have also been asked to serve on the 
Missions Committee and the Church
Building and Location Committee 
for the Western Reserve District beginning
July 1, 2019. I am very 
honored to have been asked to serve in all of these
leadership positions, 
and for the confidence the Conference and the District
have shown in 
my gifts and skills. I am also looking forward to a second year of service here at Geneva UMC, and to the community in which it is located.

As I indicated at the beginning of this letter, we have already accomplished so
much here in the last year, especially with respect to 
implementing most of the Healthy Church Initiative prescriptions. And just think of how much more we
can achieve this year – working 
diligently and faithfully to build the Kingdom of
God right here in this 
place and right now in this time, to be a city on a hill, the
light of the 
world for all to see and for the glory of God! May it be so!
 
Blessings, Pastor Randy