Pastor's Note
A word from Reverend, Mark Buenafe, Senior Pastor

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Last month, I shared that I have recently been using the word, RE-PURPOSE for these moments on thinking and even strategizing on life and ministry. This has provided a sense of re-focus on what we are about as the Body of Christ. Interestingly, just as our physical bodies need extra TLC as we physically mature, the same can be said for us the Church as the Body of Christ. The challenge is taking the intentional steps to make that happen.

Some notable areas of slow but steady 'fine tuning' has been in our worship experience. As we learned and later adapted to using the screen for both the YouTube videos (when we did them) and the in-person worship, these were adjustments to ministry as we dealt with the infection cautions of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are some remnants of that experience of using the screen in the sanctuary and having infection-prevention precautions of masks and hand sanitizer available in our facility.

As the saying goes, 'the squeaky wheel gets the grease,' so it has been with the request and return of the paper bulletin for Sunday worship. It was fitting of its return on Pentecost Sunday. Thanks to resources when church members shared publications from visited out-of-town churches, and local resources of printed bulletins, the new bulletin format reflects thinking outside the box within the framework of existing tried-and-true templates. My thanks to Tammy Parker in the swift yet creative transition of an added weekly job responsibility.

I am also praying for our TGIF Kids Club ministry and its viability in being the best after-school program for kids in the community.

And yes, there is always more that could be done. With God working in our lives both as the Church and in our relationship with Him and one another, there will be the opportunity and blessing to make the Mariposa United Methodist Church even better than it already is.

We can do this courageously and confidently because God is always with us.

Let us fervently pray for God's leading in both what to do and who to be as God's church.

Rejoice, be grateful, continue to give kindness, share God's Love and Hope. We go the distance with God always with us.

By God's grace,
Pastor Mark

Now to God who is able to do immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine according to His power at work in us.
...be the glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus through-out all generations forever and ever. AMEN... Eph 3:20-21

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