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  • Writer's pictureMemorial Fernandina

I am beyond grateful for the outpouring of support you have had for me in my new adventure into the Non-profit world. I am deeply saddened to leave Memorial, but excited to follow God’s call in my life. We will talk more about this in the coming weeks.

On Sunday we will begin a new sermon series called “The Work of the Spirit.” Using stories from the Book of Acts we will uncover the ways the Spirit worked in 1st Century Christians lives and how God’s Spirit is still active today.

We will begin this week with Acts 16 and the story of Lydia. She was a remarkable woman and has a unique claim to fame! This is the only chapter in the Bible that Lydia is included, and we can learn a lot from her story of faith.

It is my hope that you will join us for worship on Sunday at any of our four worship services and bring a friend.

I am praying for you,

Pastor Carrie

  • Writer's pictureMemorial Fernandina

Shortly after my arrival at Memorial in 2018, I preached a sermon that was written with the hope that those who heard it would be motivated to share the love of God in our community and world. One phrase from that sermon seemed to strike a chord with our congregation to the point that it soon became the phrase we placed right on the front of our new church t-shirts – “Love Shows Up.”

Since then, members of the grace-filled family at Memorial have been recognizable all over our community and world as they have sought to embody the meaning of those three little words. We believe the life-transforming love of God that we claim for ourselves, that we sing of, celebrate, and preach about week in and week out is to be shared extravagantly wherever we go so that it might be life-transforming for others, too.

What has that looked like this week? It looked like:

  • meals prepared and delivered to the new parents of twins

  • gathering with a grieving family to celebrate the life well lived of our longest living member

  • meeting with, listening to, and pastorally caring for an individual facing a major health struggle

  • a mission team offering basic medical care to a community and building a home for a family of six in Guatemala

  • a phone call to check in with one of our senior members who struggles with loneliness and isolation.

  • offering support to members of our community who are feeling singled out and attacked

  • a team of people gathering to care for God’s creation by gathering to clean up our local beach

These are just a few of the ways love has shown up in and through our church family this week. The reality is that love shows up in so many other ways every week through the loving, neighborly, gracious acts of you, the people and members of Memorial United Methodist Church. It’s what we do, friends.

So, let’s celebrate the extravagant love of God that has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Rom 5:5), and let’s commit once again to the task of ensuring that love continues to show up in and through our words and actions.

I’ll see you Sunday!

Pastor Charlie

  • Writer's pictureMemorial Fernandina

In our staff meeting on the Monday of Holy Week, I noted to our team that we had reached the end of the first quarter of the year. I asked each staff member to take a look back on the previous three months and share with the group a highlight from their ministry. As we went round the table, each staff member spoke of their sense of excitement regarding our life together at Memorial. There really is so much cause for encouragement. During the first quarter:

- 19 people attended our New Members or Confirmation Classes and came into membership of Memorial and there are currently 9 people signed up for the next round of our New Members Class that begins next Wednesday (4/19).

- 36 people showed up to beautify our campus at the end of March.

- Sunday morning in-person worship attendance has numbered more than 400 several times.

- More than 50 volunteers from Memorial were part of the Rise Against Hunger event that packed more that 42,000 meals.

- Memorial’s members continue to show up all over our community every week, giving their time, talent and service. Whether it is through the Memorial Singers, those who work with the Coalition for the Homeless on Saturday mornings, or those who show up to cook and serve meals at IDN or Gracie’s Kitchen, when people see those red Memorial T-shirts coming, they know that love really is going to show up!

I keep saying to people that this is a GREAT time to be part of what God is doing in and through Memorial! It’s been a great first quarter and I am excited for what the second quarter will bring as we continue to live into our calling to be a vital growing church working together to further establish God’s kingdom in our church, community, and world. Let’s keep moving forward together in the power, strength, and love of the risen Christ!

See you Sunday!

Pastor Charlie

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