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Monday, June 25, 2012

Pastorgraphs: “Oasis in the middle of the city”

E-Vangel Newsletter
June 25, 2012

Pastorgraphs: “Oasis in the middle of the city”

“Now faith, hope and CHARITY abide, these three. But the greatest of these is CHARITY.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)

In his report to the Annual Conference, San Diego District Superintendent Myron Wingfield wrote:

“New Life from a Legacy: Christ United Methodist Church became Christ United Methodist Ministry Center (CUMMC) under the innovative leadership of Rev. Bill Jenkins. Providing an exciting example of what a legacy congregation can accomplish, the CUMMC is practicing hospitality and providing immigration assistance for Haitian refugees, just one of the numerous mission outreach efforts flowing from this oasis in the middle of the city of San Diego.”

Bless you, and thank you, Myron for these kind words. It is my fondest hope and dream that CUMMC can indeed be an oasis in the middle of our great city.

With the downturn in the economy, there are more people in need than at any time in recent history. NBC’s Dateline last night showed middle class families in the suburbs who have fallen prey to the financial crisis; where jobs are scarce, mortgages are upside down, and aid coffers are empty. My heart was broken for families who never thought they would be in need of help, whose children do not know from day to day when they will eat again, or where they will sleep.

Under our roof, there are programs to feed the hungry, quench the thirsty, clothe the naked, care for the sick and imprisoned, and befriend the strangers in our midst. Add to that programs to help widows and orphans, abused women and children. The worshipping congregations minister to spiritual hunger and thirst.

I recently learned one of our ministries is helping provide food for the children in four orphanages in Mexico!

I believe with all my heart we are one place where the broadest range of ministries are conducted. But like so many churches and urban ministries, we need help…spiritual and financial help…to keep the doors open.

We are truly our brother’s keeper. Those who cannot afford to help financially may volunteer or provide prayer support. There is power in numbers. If ten people each provide $20 a month, that is $200! All donations, large or small, are gratefully appreciated.

To make it easier, we have made it possible for anyone who wishes to make a tax deductible donation to do so online. We are using MyCharityBox. You may go online and make a single donation, or a recurring donation (weekly, monthly) to help us as we seek to keep our hearts, our minds and our doors open for those in need.

Bless you, one and all, Brother Bill

P.S. I am looking forward to preaching this Sunday at Christ Church. It is the one year anniversary of my retirement. We will celebrate the 100th anniversary of our roots in San Diego when the Evangelical Association and United Brethren in Christ (our parent congregations) built their first houses of worship here.

ALERT! The long anticipated water/sewer upgrade has now begun on 33rd Street north of El Cajon Blvd. Allow a few extra minutes to go to 34th Street and circle back to Meade if 33rd is closed. The city anticipates the work will be completed by August 6. Apologies for the inconvenience.

From the Quote Garden
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity,
I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.”
~ Apostle Paul, 1 Corinthians 13:1

Christ United Methodist Ministry Center
“Christ in the Heart of San Diego”
3295 Meade Avenue - San Diego, CA 92116 - (619) 284-9205

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