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From the Pastor

Mother Teresa once said,

"No one thinks of the pen while reading the letter.  They only want to know the mind of the person who wrote the letter.  That's exactly what I am in God's hand—a little pencil."

This statement reminds us of John the Baptist's declaration, "He must increase but I must decrease" (John 3:30).  If we are to fulfill our stewardship and accurately represent the God we seek to serve, we must forget about ourselves.  Like a little pencil in God's hand, we must show the world what's on God's mind. 

At the time of this writing, nine “little pencils” will serve at the Red Bird Mission in Kentucky Mission Trip from July 22 through July 29.  We praise God that these servants answered the call to write a new letter in His name through their sacrificial works of love.  The call to come along side local residents in the bluegrass state is made possible because of generous support from our members and friends.  Fundraisers throughout the year such as the spaghetti dinner, the women’s teas and the spring yard sale along with regular financial giving have enabled us to cover 80% of the mission trip cost for each participant.   The rough schedule for this short-term mission trip is as follows:

  • Saturday, July 22, 9:00a - Prayer Circle (back parking lot)
  • Saturday, July 22 – Travel Day
  • Sunday, July 23 - Church and Travel
  • Monday, July 24 thru Friday July 28 - Work Team Assists Local Residents
  • Saturday, July 29 - Travel Day
  • Sunday, July 30 - Church and Travel
  • Sunday, August 6 - Summary Report for the Congregation

Now, only one question remains—what works of love can those of us who remain behind offer so that we too might be God’s “little pencils?” Check out the possibilities below and make a commitment to begin writing your letter of love.  

  • Attend the Prayer Circle and Send off: Saturday July 22, 9:00a at the back parking lot.
  • Be a Prayer Warrior: Intentionally pray at home each day for the team while away.
  • Mid-Week Prayer Summit: Wednesday (7/26, 7pm) Intercession for our mission [Faith Hall].
  • Financial Support: Continue to sacrificially give to the mission efforts to which God has called us.
  • Suggested Prayers: Protection; travel mercies; that God will use each member as a channel of his grace; that any trials will become a time to grow; that God will bind the group together and draw each member closer to each other and to Him; that our church will be strengthened our as we rally behind those whom God’s sends; that the witness of Cross Keys will be strengthened in our communities and world. 

Mother Teresa concluded, "God is writing his love letter to the world in this way, through works of love."  God is writing his love letter to the world though His faithful servants here at Cross Keys United Methodist Church.  Along with the Apostle Paul, I offer my gratitude and prayers over those who have answered God’s call to serve.


“I thank my God every time I remember you.

In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy

because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,

being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

(Philippians 1:3-6)

Grace and peace,

Pastor Jeff

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