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Breakfast and Fellowship @ 8:30
Sunday School for All Ages @ 9:15
Morning Worship @ 10:30

Senior Pastor’s Message

Summer is coming to an end. Those who have taken vacation have come home, and while it is still blistering hot right now, the mornings have been downright tolerable! Soon the flowers will fade, and the grass will grow slower      (thankfully!). One season follows another. This change is all a part of God’s plan.

How do you handle change? Many of us in the words of Dylan Thomas “rage against the dying of the light!” Others, are encouraged  by the cooler temperatures, and what follows—Football in earnest, pumpkin-spice everything, fall brings on all kinds of change.

Like it, or hate it, change comes to us all. And, even those who hate it must admit that life gets mighty stale without change coming in. Imagine eating the same food for meal after meal. It gets tiresome after a while.

I think the key to palatable change is making sure that even while we change, we hang on to some essentials. Another thing that we need to bear in mind is: we don’t need to change just to change. You change for a reason. For example, Church Street UMC is in a state of change too. While you’re meeting in the same sanctuary and following (for the most part) the same order of worship, you have a new person leading worship, participating in meetings, and visiting church members.

We stand between two seasons. Regardless of how the last season went, the one that I see ahead is full of possibilities, and hope.  In looking forward, I find these words from Philippians 4 to be helpful when we think about what is to come.

6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

One more quick thought: We stand between 2 seasons, but Jesus doesn’t. Jesus is the same in the winter, spring, summer, or fall. Hebrews 13:8 tells us that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

No matter what season you’re in, or how much change you’re facing, God is with you!

I hope you’re as excited as I am!

Grace and Peace,

Lance J. Eiland




Are you searching for a family of faith that meets the spiritual needs of your whole family? Church Street UMC is your church home.  Our church is about people – not crowds of people but individuals.  People connecting to God and one another.  People striving to help each other grow in their faith and supporting one another.  CSUMC is about people coming together to make a difference. We invite you to visit us anytime!  We look forward to meeting you.


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