A Message from Pastor Linda Betit-Buck
‘Thy Will Be Done’ was theme for the 2016 Virginia UMC Annual Conference. Sometimes, I dare say most of the time, when ‘God’s Will Be Done’, there is change. Change is not always bad. Sometimes change makes way for something better. Seasons change in nature and in life. We just have to hold onto the hope that God is in control and God’s Will Be Done. He may be changing our situation or changing us through it. Sometimes good things may fall to pieces so that better things can fall into place. Let the following bible verses about change help you understand this truth. Leviticus 26:9-10 (NASB)
“So I will turn toward you and make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will confirm My covenant with you. You will eat the old supply and clear out the old because of the new.”
While we are still here on earth, living out our life’s journey together as part of the body of Christ, we find that change is constant and inevitable, and the process takes time to adjust to. Sardis U.M.C. has gone through many major changes in the past year. And it has been good. Together we are moving forward in these changes hoping to serve each other and the community at large in the way God is moving us. There are still more changes that are being prayerfully considered. Please join us in praying that God’s Will Be Done.
Since July 2015, we have been blessed to have Rev. Kyungsuk Cho volunteer to travel 45 minutes (one way) to come to Sardis once a month to administer Holy Communion. This is in addition to the church he served in Victoria, VA! We shared our last supper at the Lord’s Table on June 5th, 2016. As of July 1st, he is serving a new church in Vienna, VA. We are very grateful for his servant spirit, and we will miss him. But this change leads to another change. On June 18th, Bishop Cho commissioned me as a Licensed Local Pastor, which enables me to share Holy Communion with the good people at Sardis. This change comes just in time! God is good! All the time!
In the midst of many changes that are happening around us, may each of us experience the hope and joy we have through the person of Jesus Christ. ‘Thy Will Be Done!’