A Word from Pastor Sun Hee
Blessed for 50 years, to BE a Blessing for 50 more!
On September 14th, we have an amazing opportunity to celebrate the 50th Year Anniversary of SAINT PAUL. In November of 1964, the vision for a new Methodist Church in the Tri-City area was formed, and with eighty-four members SAINT PAUL was born. The church was incorporated in January of 1965, just a few short months later. This year also marks the 20thyear since we held our first worship service (Easter Sunday) in this current location in 1994.
The journey of SAINT PAUL can only be described being guided by the grace of God. We are so blessed to not only have our own building in its current location, but after 20 years, our New Ministry Center, the Virginia Maniti Williams Ministry Center (which is Phase 2a of our project), is being built and expected to be completed by the end of this year. Whenever I think of this, it gives me goose bumps. We tend to come and go throughout the week and on Sundays, but we do not always think about the many ways that God has blessed us and is using us to better serve the world for Kingdom purposes. That’s why it is important to take a moment to reflect and really celebrate all of these blessings while pondering where it is that God might be leading us.
I have been fortunate to work with an amazing team of people who have been preparing since early this year. As we started to share many ideas and plans, it became obvious to us just how blessed we have been. We have now reached 50 years of faithful and amazing ministry! Clearly, we have experienced maturity during this past season, but we also feel that SAINT PAUL is still energetic and young at the same time! This is good news! We have also come to the realization that there have been many, many people that God used to bless us to be where we are. Out of gratitude for all the blessings and the spiritual maturity we have experienced and received, we are committing to be a blessing to others for God’s Kingdom through continued maturity and with a greater sense of service to the congregation. Just as God once promised Abraham, we believe God is promising to be with us and use—“I will make of you a great nation and will bless you. I will make your name respected, and you will be a blessing.” (Genesis 12:2 CEB)
As you can see, this is an exciting time for the people of SAINT PAUL United Methodist Church. There are many conversations stirring of ‘what if…’ and many hearts tuning into God’s leading us to those that need the blessing of God – His Word, His grace, His love. This anniversary, we are not going to take the promise of God lightly. We will receive it with conviction and with grateful hearts.I want to offer special thanks to all the people who have been on this journey of the blessed past 50 years. Really, you have been faithful and God is smiling upon you! I hope that many of you will come and celebrate the 50th Year celebration for SAINT PAUL! It will be our testimony and witness to God’s blessings and goodness!!
Pastor Sun Hee