"But do not doubt – God calls each and every baptized Christian to be in service to the world (not to self, but to the world!)."
In Canada, Veteran’s Day is known as Remembrance Day. For Canada and the U.S., the origin of the holiday is a commemoration of the end of World War I; the armistice signed on November 11. While it is good and appropriate for us to honor those who have served our country, I think that as Christians it is important for us to remember as much as it is to honor. The opposite of remembrance, of course, is forgetfulness. If we forget our past, we forget also who we are and whose we are, for it is in the actions of not only our ancestors and forebears, but also of God that defines our identity.
Mike Carpenter turned over his position as director of the Summer Feeding Program with the following statement: "As you may know by now, I have stepped down as the Director of the Children’s Summer Feeding Program, which has been one of the hardest decisions I have ever made in my life. I have prayed and discussed this at length with my family! I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your prayers, donations, volunteering, and support! This program truly has been a church-wide effort, and it has required each one of you for this program to succeed. We are making a difference in children’s lives in Grant County! May God bless each of you and your families!"
Joe Archer, chair of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee, presented Mike with a plaque inscribed with these words: "In recognition of Mike Carpenter in appreciation of his vision, dedication, leadership, and contribution to the Grant County Summer Feeding Program. Over 42,000 meals served from 2014-2019. Presented on September 22, 2019, First United Methodist Church, Sheridan, Arkansas. 'The King will answer them, "Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.' Matthew 25:40."
We are thankful to Mike for his service and pray for his continued successful leadership as a Career Technology Education and Science teacher for the Sheridan School District.
Judy Green was named the new director of the Summer Feeding Program.