Pastor's Note
A word from Reverend, Dr. Allison Byerley, Senior Pastor

One year ago, you welcomed me with open arms to Mariposa. How quickly time has gone by! We have lived through the seasons of the Christian year together from the days of Ordinary time in the summer and fall to Advent and Christmas through Lent and Easter to Pentecost. We even survived a major wildfire together! We have worshiped and served God, and we have shared our hopes and dreams with each other.

It is an honor and a privilege to return for another year as your pastor. I know that we will continue to worship, serve, learn, and grow. We still want to continue sharing our hopes and dreams too.

What is my hope, my dream, for this coming year? I see so much potential in what we have to offer our community! The Detwiler fire revealed how committed we are to Mariposa and being the hands and feet of Christ here. The newest Habitat for Humanity house is under construction, and now that camp is behind us, we can schedule a work day as a church to go and help provide good, affordable housing to our community. Camp Win Johnson helped us connect with new young people in Mariposa, young people who need the love of God we can offer in their lives. I look forward to hearing how we can build on the relationships begun in camp.

At their last meeting, the A Team approved the use of one of the rooms in the Sanctuary building for a youth room. We need to furnish it though. If you have some older, comfortable furniture, or know of any, that you are willing to donate to the youth room, let me know. We are looking for couches, chairs, tables, lamps, etc. I am excited about building a vibrant youth program with kids from TGIF and camp. We will need some adult help with them, so if God is calling you to share your faith with young people, please talk to me!

God is at work here in Mariposa UMC! Thank you for your prayers, your support, and your friendship.


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