Majestic Montana

By Pastor Mark McAdow
Robin and I arrived home late Tuesday night from visiting our son Matt, wife Allie and our “favorite” – we only have one – 6-month-old grandson, Julian.  We enjoyed our time with them as our lives centered around Julian’s eat, play and sleep cycle.  We were able to take a 5-mile hike together to Avalanche Lake in Glacier National Park, as well as a trip to The Big Dipper – a local ice cream store!  I was able to run several mornings along the Clark Fork River in Missoula, Mont.  It was a fun family week.  We hope you’ll get to meet all “The Montana McAdows” this November when they visit us at Thanksgiving.

I trust your summer is off to a great start, too.  Thanks to Quintin for bringing The Word about distractions last Sunday and to our entire staff for taking great care of you while we were away.  This next week we’ll have our granddaughter, Lennyx, with us for Vacation Bible School week – Ready, Set, Move!  I hope your children and grandchildren will be with us, too.

As I mentioned earlier, this last week our lives centered around our grandson Julian and his needs.  Everything else took a back seat to him.  At 6 months old, that’s the way it must be.  It was necessary and made good sense.  I didn’t mind holding him, feeding him or carrying him and singing songs to him. That’s what grandparents do. I even got to pass him back to Mom at diaper change time – something I didn’t get to do with our three children.  Babies remind you that life is all about “change.”   Sometimes multiple changes in the same day!  Willow View has changed and is changing – for the good.  I like Jim Ross’s term: the “new” Willow View.  We’ve not changed our deeply held biblical views – though our society certainly has – but we’ve changed our affiliation.  We’re currently an independent church in the Methodist tradition seeking the Lord Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Please pray for His divine guidance as we move forward as the “new” Willow View.  We must be intentional about hearing from the Lord and following His direction.  Our desire, as always, is “His will, His way.”

As you know, we hosted a regional informational gathering of the Global Methodist Church here at Willow View and our Administrative Council has heard a presentation on the value/benefits of being an Independent or denominational church at our last meeting.  I want to make a presentation to you – all of our active members and friends – on Wednesday evening June 21 beginning at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary.  I’ll share the info I shared at our Administrative Council meeting and attempt to answer questions about the Global Methodist Church in particular.  Feel free to write your questions ahead of time and give them to me for my preparation.  You can also go to the Global Methodist website and review the FAQ’s listed there as well as their doctrinal statements, if you'd like.

I’m counting on hearing from the Lord as we move forward together.  Remember the words of Jesus in Matthew 6:33:  “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these other things will be added unto you.”  When our lives and our church family are centered on Jesus, we will do all things “His will, His way.”  To God be the glory!

Looking forward to worshipping the Lord Jesus with you this Sunday.

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Mark

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