2009 Monthly Letter
What a fantastic finale at Friendship United Methodist Church
on October 18th!
sermon's title: The Great Place of Grace. FUMC was "the" great
place to be.
Fifty seven of our Partners in Upbuilding Ministries who attended,
witnessed it. All were treated to "hearing" the wind (same
word as Spirit) blow during the worship service!
Jesus said, "The wind (Spirit) blows where it wishes, and
you hear its sound…" John 3:8. At the close of the sermon,
our Partners heard 42 persons indicate that they had prayed
to receive Jesus as God's gift of Grace and as their personal
Savior! They were born anew! For the Spirit blew! It was an
awesome and unforgettable experience!
It was also a personal blessing for me to have in attendance
my wife Evie, Joshua, and Ethan, who at 9 years old was celebrating
his own 2nd spiritual birthday on the 15th. He assisted me
with a visual aid and then heard the responses of so many
responding to the call of Christ!
I asked Todd, who had attended the sessions for Family, Men,
and Couples and who had prayed at the worship service two
questions: "What led you to pray?" and "Was that really your
He answered: "I felt the Holy Spirit drawing my heart like
a magnet". And: "Yes! It was the first time!"
only did the Lord's graciousness extend to the congregation,
but also to UpBuilding Ministries. The free-will offering
was 12 times greater than any other previous offering in the
Ministries' 20 year history!
Even the visual aids were 3 times greater than usual. They
A jumper cable symbolizing Regeneration by the Holy Spirit,
A personalized autographed baseball bat to my from a Dodger
friend, Orel Hershiser, symbolizing the difference of one
knowing Jesus as a Fan or as a Personal Friend, and,
a gift of a Bible to Carolyn Rand-no relation-(who headed
the entire Weekend) with her name printed on the cover symbolizing
when we receive God's Gift of Grace we are Regenerated, we
become His personal Child, and our Names are written in His
Book of Life. Alleluia and Amen!