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

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The dog days of summer are upon us, and we are again battling a wildfire! Thank you to all who have reached out to help with those who were or are evacuated. I know that several of you opened your homes and others offered. This is one of our core values – hospitality!

Speaking of core values, our Vision team began work in July. They are tasked with discerning God's vision for us in fulfilling the mission Jesus gave to make disciples. Before we can understand how God is calling us to fulfill that, we must first understand the gifts God has given us and the strengths we bring. We must examine our DNA at Mariposa UMC and state our core values.

The team made a good start at that task at our first meeting, but we know that others have insights that we don't want to miss. In order to get broad participation, the team will ask you to help us with a brief questionnaire. There will be a couple of ways to answer. An electronic survey will be sent out to all whose email addresses we have. For those who don't use email, the survey is on page 9 of this newsletter. We will have a paper copy available for you to complete in Sunday bulletins in August. If you can't be in worship in August and want a survey, call the church office.

The Vision team will be meeting again on August 12th, right after coffee hour. If this is something for which you have a passion, we would love for you to join us at the table. At this meeting, we will be reviewing the survey results, including those submitted that morning, and discerning the strengths and associated values in them.

In addition, the team got homework at our first meeting, and we would welcome your input there too. Take a look around our community and tell us what you see as Mariposa's greatest need and where it might be. We will then work on matching our strengths with those needs.

Our goal is to develop a short – 8 words – vision statement about how God is calling us to use our gifts in Mariposa to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Your calling may not be direct participation in the process, but please pray for the team and its work!

Allison

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