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Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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May 22, 2016
Linda and I had the good pleasure of worshipping at Milton First United Methodist Church today.  Rev. Kathy Knight is doing a great job leading this church into new ways of doing ministry and mission.  This church is so active throughout the community.  It is a genuinely friendly church and very welcoming.  I have said for years there is a difference between making people feel welcome and making people feel wanted.  When you go to FUMC Milton you certainly feel both.  We had two wonderful worship services celebrating Trinity Sunday.  We celebrated two baptisms and Rev. Knight did an excellent job not only putting the service together but leading it as well.  It was a great day!
As I think about the friendliness of the Milton FUMC, I am reminded of the story of a service in a large, downtown church that was about to begin.  A man sitting near the front was wearing a large hat.  An usher walked down and quietly asked the man to remove his hat.  Getting no response, the usher summoned a deacon.  The deacon came and made the same request – and got the same results.  The request was repeated by an elder and the president of the women’s organization – but the hat remained.
When the opening hymn began, the man stood up, removed his hat, and did not put it on again.  After the service, the usher confronted the man, asking why he had not removed the hat sooner.  “I’ve been attending this church for two months,” he said, “and nobody has ever tried to get acquainted with me.  Today, I’ve met an usher, a deacon, an elder, and the president of the women’s group!”
Fortunately, that kind of thing does not happen in many churches, but it does happen.  I’m in a different church almost every Sunday.  I hear people talk about how friendly their church is.  Without realizing it, many they are friendly to each other “in” the church, but not so friendly and welcoming to those coming from “outside” the church.
How is your church?  Friendly and welcoming to all, or just to those who are already part of the church family?  Who knows, maybe all our visitors need to wear a big hat!
I will be in Montgomery attending meetings Monday evening through Thursday.  I hope all of you have a blessed week!
Pensacola District Superintendent        
P.S.  The deep sea fishing trip was great!


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About the Pensacola District

The Pensacola District is one of eight districts comprising the Alabama-West Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church. True to biblical mandate and denominational priority, we are committed to proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ; discipling residents, tourists, and snowbirds alike; establishing new congregations; and nurturing existing ones.
God, shield us from the temptation to accept the world as it is. May we instead live into our calling to be holy and salt of the earth. We are here to tell the world about Jesus Christ, to advance the Kingdom of God.

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