Fruitland First United Methodist Church
Sunday, October 20, 2019

Pastors Notes


From Jim's Cluttered Desk . . .  
 They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching, and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

Acts 2:42


Well, the special General Conference of the United Methodist Church has adjourned. This special Conference was called to focus on language in the Methodist Book of Discipline regarding same-sex weddings and clergy in committed same-sex relationships.

The Conference voted (about 53% to 47%) to leave the prohibitive language of the Book of Discipline in place. There were two other options but neither was adopted.

What now? First of all we must recognize there is deep sorrow and some anger over a divided denomination. Elections and votes lead to “winners and losers.” That is where the United Methodists are today. There cannot be any rejoicing over this.

Secondly, advocacy for just legislation protecting vulnerable communities will continue. Pastoral and congregational care for all people will continue. Our witness will point to Jesus, the One we have decided to follow and who said, “They will know you are my disciples if you love one another.”

On a local level we will gather each Sunday bringing our voices, our hugs, our Bibles, our prayers, our differences, our faith in God and our need of his grace. We will remind ourselves that it is our Lord’s church and, confessing our sins, we will remain committed to following him.


Beloved, be not afraid,

Pastor Jim Hardenbrook