"Spiritual gifts are not our talents or skills. They are the grace of God at work within us, empowering us to match our deep passions with the world's deep need."
In her book Traveling Mercies, Anne Lamott describes the small urban church that welcomed her at a point in her life when she had reached rock-bottom:
Most of the people I know (there) have what I want—which is say, purpose, balance, gratitude, joy—(they) are people with a deep sense of spirituality. They are people in community, who pray, or practice their faith…people banding together to work on themselves and for human rights. They follow a brighter light than the glimmer of their own candle; they are a part of something beautiful…Our funky little church is filled with people who are working for peace and freedom, who are out there on the streets and inside praying…When I was at the end of my rope, the people (there) tied a knot in it for me and helped me hold on. The church became my home in the old meaning of home—that it’s where, when you show up, they have to let you in. They let me in. They even said, “You come back now.”
Over the years, I've come to realize that in this brief passage is just about everything God expects from the church and from the disciples that are a part of it—things like hospitality, openness to diversity, care for those who are hurting, the desire for spiritual growth, service to the community and to the world, etc. I also celebrate that as I have begun to experience life at the Holt UMC and have started to get to know the people here, I have already witnessed these essential elements of the church being lived out. I am becoming aware that I am a part of a place where people really are “following a brighter light than the glimmer of their own candle.”
If you are looking for a church home where you will be greeted warmly and given the opportunity to share your gifts as “a part of something beautiful," I invite you to join us in worship, in a small group, for a mission opportunity, or any other way that you might find meaningful for you as you continue your journey of faith. And know that as you do, you will not just be surrounded by friends, but by the life-changing love and grace of Jesus Christ.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 517-694-8168 or at email@example.com.
Blessings on your journey!
Mark Erbes, Pastor
In the hands of God's children, money is FOOD for the hungry, CLOTHING for the naked and SHELTER for the stranger. With money we can CARE for the widow and the fatherless, DEFEND the oppressed, MEET THE NEED of those who are sick or in pain.
- John Wesley
Each of us has been given spiritual gifts, yet many do not know what they are or where they can be most effective in growing God’s Kingdom. Please click on the link below to complete a quick, 21-question survey which will enable you to better know how God has equipped you for His purpose!
Once you have entered the Spiritual Gifts site, click on the “Take the Spiritual Gifts Assessment” button. At the end you are given a chance to have your results e-mailed. Please have a copy sent to yourself, and also to firstname.lastname@example.org, which will give us the opportunity to match you and your gifts with our many areas of ministry. Make sure you include your first and last name