Welcome Letter from the Pastor

Greetings to my brothers and sisters of Long Ridge UMC...

I pray all is well with your soul on this day our Lord has made just for us.  I was so excited when I first heard the news of my appointment to our church that I couldn’t wait to start.  Many of you know of my history with you but some may not.  My wife and partner in ministry Patty, was baptized and confirmed in Long Ridge and 44 years ago we were wed as man and wife in our beautiful sanctuary.  As a lay speaker (some 10 years ago or so) I led several services in Pastor Ferdinand’s absence and even acted as your ex-officio associate pastor while I was awaiting my first appointment.  So now we come full circle and I now have the honor of being your pastor. 

I thought I might add here some of the things that I am passionate about and pray I can bring to our ministry here at Long Ridge: 

Preaching; I believe our role as preachers is to bring the words of the Holy Scripture, written thousands of years ago, to life and make them relevant for us today. 

Teaching; Christian education does not stop when we are confirmed, nor at any age.  It is my practice to lead adult bible studies on a continual basis. 

Pastoral duties; I think you will find I am a very hands on servant leader and will be blessed to be a part of everything we are involved in.  A pastor’s duties do not stop at 5pm and I am available to you whenever you may need me. 

Finally of our youngest disciples; By the grace of God we are given charge of these children of God to love and nurture and I hold this duty as one of my highest responsibilities. 

This comment was included in our July 8th bulletin and I pray I can live up to both: “With grateful hearts, we welcome our new pastor, and long time friend, Ed Dayton”.

See you Sunday

pastor ed  

"...our hearts are restless until they find rest in God."