3rd Monday of the month Sarah and Naomi Circles combined on Zoom @ 7pm
1st Saturday of every month from 10am - 12pm!
All are welcome!
Covered Dish Dinners
2nd Friday of the Month @ 6:30pm (September- June)
(alternate hosting with Buddtown UMC)
Regular Worship Schedule
September - June
9:45 Adult Sunday School
Upper Room Prayer
10:00 Children's Worship and
Sunday School (prek-12th grade)
10:15-10:45 Prayer and Praise Time
11:00 Worship Service
Pastor: Rev. Dave Ledford
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REVEREND DAVE WILL BE ORDAINED ON TUESDAY, MAY 25TH AT 10:30. TO WATCH, CLICK HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJUKxh-RGVU
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OUR CHURCH IS OPEN FOR IN PERSON WORSHIP ON SUNDAYS AT 11AM! ALL SERVICES WILL ALSO BE LIVESTREEMED ON FACEBOOK.
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, THANK YOU May 2021
This is the last time I will write to you in a newsletter. As previously announced, Bishop John Schol has appointed me to the United Methodist Church at Absecon, effective July 1st. We have since fond out that Rev. Connie Squire has been appointed as Vincentown UMC’s new pastor. I am very excited for you and for her. I have known Pastor Connie for several years, and I know she is a great fit for you, and you for her.
As Sherrie, Georgie and I pack and prepare to move, I have found myself getting emotional about pretty much everything. From the small things in life to the big things, this church, this community and this parsonage are filled with memories. I remember getting the phone call from my previous District Superintendent that I was coming here. I was serving in Phillipsburg and things were going very well there. I didn’t want to leave. Part of it was because of that success, but another part of it was that I was unsure of myself. Upon visiting the SPRC and then attending Church Council a couple months later, I instantly knew that this is a good church; too good for me. My previous experiences in pastoral ministry were serving a 6-person church, a 2-person church and a 40-person church. This was (and still is) a church with attendance averaging in the 80s and with ministries, committees and full-time responsibilities. I was afraid I wasn’t good enough.
What I learned in five years is that ministry isn’t a one man or one woman show. Anyone, even a bishop, would struggle without friends. Even Jesus surrounded himself with friends before starting his ministry. Doesn’t that say it all? That’s how important it is to have people doing ministry with you. That’s how important YOU are! From day one, I have known you as a church with strong lay leadership. I never had to worry about finding someone to do something. I can’t tell you how amazing that is. So many of my colleague’s biggest concern in finding people to do things. I have never once had that problem.
We have worked together as a ministry team. You have always made up for my flaws. I came here as a fairly inexperienced, 28-year-old bachelor. I am leaving here ordained, with 8 years of experience, married and a father. I think we all knew when I started here that there would be growing pains. I am sure that there were. I am sure there still are. I am so thankful for your patience, your love, your grooming and your help. This church is what every church claims to be; hospitable and welcoming. Because of that, because of who you are, I was never concerned about making disciples here. The community knows what kind of church this is, and because of that, we get visitors very often. In 5 years, we have added over 30 new members. We have done things that the world says churches can’t do any more. We built a new youth group from scratch. We grew our Sunday School. We increased our ministries and our giving during a pandemic. And we have made our Bible Studies and worship services available to people all over the world by introducing virtual ministry options. We’ve adapted, we’ve been outward thinking, we’ve been steady in administration and we have been good stewards of people and property. Those are the keys to fruitful ministry. Thank you for your love, your support, your participation, your presence and your prayers. God be with you, ‘til we meet again!
Grace and Peace, Reverend Dave
Vincentown United Methodist Church