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Letter from the Pastor

To my brothers and sisters of Long Ridge UMC;

 

Since the Close of the Special General Conference on Wednesday, I have had many questions concerning “where do we go from here”?  This is a complex question that no one seems to have the complete answer.  Part of the confusion stems from the uncertainty as to whether or not some of the details of the voted for Traditionalist Plan is in violation with our (Methodist) Constitution.  Our Legislative Committee is looking at this now and hopefully we will know more sometime in late April.  


As you can imagine many of our Methodist brothers and sisters are hurt and disillusioned that the vote at General Conference didn’t go in a different direction.  Many feel abandoned and betrayed.  Please remember this; every one of us, regardless of our stance on this issue are God’s children, loved and cherished.  Please keep these brothers and sisters of ours, and all of us in, your prayers.     


Meanwhile; here at Long Ridge very little has changed.  I am still your pastor, we will continue to love and care for our Long Ridge family.  We will continue to fulfill Christ’s commandment to “Love God and love our neighbor”.  And we will continue to reach out to a hurting world with Christ’s love and grace.  


And, if you have any questions about this, or are feeling any stress or anxiety PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE reach out to me.  Give me a call, stop by my office, email me, text me, whatever me – we do not have to go through this alone.  My door, and my heart is always open to you.  


I’ll close with these words from our Bishop, Thomas Bickerton:

“Beloved, regardless of the decisions made, regardless of what position you take, let us do all we can to love one another in these days of uncertainty.   The New York Conference is a beautiful example of the body of Christ and I am so deeply blessed to be a part of your lives.  We are in this together and we will find our way together as we seek to remain open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit in our midst.
 

Remember today that each of you are thought of, prayed for, and loved”.


Shalom,

pastor ed


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