Enote from Pastor Ron 6/24/19


Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Yesterday in worship we handed out a Fact Sheet and FAQ about our Olive Street Shelter. The shelter is something the Church Council decided to pursue several months ago as an extension of our immigration ministry. UMCOR (the United Methodist Committee on Relief) heard about our work and wanted to help out with financial support. So, now, months later, and with the support of our Bishop, we are about to open the shelter. 

I know many of you have questions, which is why I’m sending you copies of the Fact Sheet and FAQ. In addition we will have a church meeting after worship this coming Sunday to provide up to date information. 

One thing I want to emphasize is we will only be receiving families, the average size being two to three persons. They have legally been released into the US, and have a court date to determine their asylum request. The average stay is 36-72 hours, and is time spent arranging transportation to their final destination in the US. 

It is encouraging to me that we have always been willing to do the difficult things God ask of us Christians. You know, things like welcoming the stranger, feeding the hungry, caring for the sick, visiting those in prison, accepting all people. The same things Jesus did.

That doesn’t mean the things we do are easy. In fact they can be hard. They mean change. They call us into unknown experiences. But Jesus never said following him would be easy.

He just said it would be worth it.

In Christ’s Love, 

On the Calendar

Please keep in mind that we have instituted a new policy for putting events on the calendar. The Master Calendar will be kept by Cristy, and three months of events will always be on display in the church office. There are forms you can fill out to put an event on the calendar in the church office as well.

If there is a conflict on calendar dates we will honor the event that has been posted through the proper procedure.

Events beyond the three month window that is posted can also be set once a request form is submitted.

All of our traditional dates (Women’s Luncheon, Rummage Sales, etc.) will automatically be placed on the calendar.

This Coming Week

All church meeting after worship this Sunday. 

Pastor Ron is providing music at Older Elementary Church Camp In Julian (Camp Cedar Glen) this week. 

Looking Ahead

Sunday, July 7th will be “Camp Sunday.” Come dressed as you would to attend Church Camp! We’ll be singing camp songs, holding a camp Chapel Service for worship and celebrate with S’mores afterwards.

Sunday, July 14 will begin our Summer Series, “Practical Christianity.” The central question of the series will be how our faith informs our everyday actions, and interactions. 

Shared Prayers:

For Caroline Stinson. For Pastor Ron. For Bertha Morris. For Pat Sandbom. For Susan Newland. For Mercy’s sister Wanda.

For all those looking for jobs.

For those affected by the destructive weather.

For those in need: The poor and the hungry. Victims of violence. Migrants seeking asylum. For all those feeling hopeless or lonely. For women who are oppressed.

For First Responders, and for soldiers and sailors throughout the world; for Teachers, and students; for Public Servants. 

For our church family. For our church. 

We praise your name, O Lord.

Grace and Peace


Rev. Dr. Ron P. Griffen
Lead Pastor
First United Methodist Church, El Centro

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"You are the light of the world. You are the salt of the earth."
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