LaGrange District, UMC
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

 Welcome to LaGrange District!

   Serving Christ Together

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A Message from the DS


I am really enjoying our Charge Conferences this year.  I have been hearing many inspiring stories of churches who are reaching out in new and exciting ways.  Thank you for sharing your ministries with me.

      As I have listened to your reports I have realized how important sharing our story is - not from a self- glorifying perspective, but recognizing and celebrating what God is doing in and through us.  We need to do more story-sharing in our church ministry and in our own personal lives.  We need to articulate how God is working in us.  The old hymn says, "We've a story to tell to the nations that shall turn their hearts to the right, a story of truth and mercy, a story of peace and light.  For the darkness shall turn to dawning and the dawning to noonday bright; and Christ's great kingdom shall come to earth, the kingdom of love and light."

     I have also become aware of our misunderstanding of the word "evangelism."  Evangelism is not about just getting more church members, it is about sharing the message of Christ with others.  Inviting new people to church is important, but if all we are hoping for is to add people to our rolls so that our church looks good, we are missing the true meaning of Christ's call to make disciples to the ends of the earth.  Christ's call is to share love, peace, and new life to a hurting world and the church is the facilitator of that call.  We need to take it very seriously.

      I look forward to continuing my travels around the district and hearing your stories.  They enrich my life!


SPR & Finance Workshops

On Thursday, November 13 the District Office will offer 2 training sessions for SPR Committee members and Finance Committee members.  The training event will be held at LaGrange First UMC at 7pm in the Methodist Ministries Center.  District Superintendent Carol Cook will lead the SPR workshop and District Administrative Assistant Denise Wilson will lead the Finance workshop.  Both will focus on the duties and responsibilities of these two required committees.  Be sure that your church is represented at both!


District Connection Groups
We have begun the District Connection Groups!  Every church in the LaGrange District has been assigned to a group and one clergy from each group has been designated as the group leader.  (Click here for a list of the groups and leaders.)  Groups should now be meeting to plan activities for the coming year.  These groups will provide an opportunity for clergy and laity within close geographic proximity to get together for fellowship, worship, and mission projects.  If you have not seen information about these activities, check with your pastor. 

LaGrange District Facebook Page
The LaGrange District is one of the few districts with a Facebook page.  If you are on Facebook, be sure to check us out and "Like" us.  Churches are encouraged to post information about their events and activities on the district Facebook page.  Also, if you have videos of church activities we would love for you to post those also.  (The LaGrange District)