May 2010 Newsletter

Dear Brothers and Sisters of the New York Annual Conference:

I greet you in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, Healer of our brokenness and Hope of the world!

Once a year the 475 churches of the New York Annual Conference gather to celebrate who we are as God's people. This time together is the most significant event in the life of our annual conference. This year, it will be the greatest event ever. On Saturday, June 12, five thousand of us will gather together at Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, to give witness that we are a church united, that we are a church growing in mission, that collectively we make a difference in the world, and that we are a vital church, alive in the Spirit of God.

Imagine 5,000 brothers and sisters in Christ (children, youth, young people, seniors, people of all colors and backgrounds) coming together as one family, praising God, sharing testimonies of how we are building up a healthy Body of Christ, and lifting up our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world! We will witness that we are part of an awesome movement of God.

For many of us, it will be a life-changing "God-Moment" in our journey as God's people. We will be blessed, encouraged, inspired, and become even more committed to the mission and ministry of our church, locally and globally.

I am issuing a special invitation to those who have joined a church in the New York Conference since 2004 to be present on this Saturday. We want to celebrate you, honor you and support you for your on-going journey as disciples of Jesus Christ. I also would like to invite your family and friends, your church sponsors, your godmothers and godfathers as well as your entire church family so that all of us can surround you with our prayers, love, and care.

I also want to invite everyone who attends one of our churches regularly but hasn't yet made a decision about becoming a member. I pray this event may be helpful in your discernment.

If you have little or no connection to a church but are interested in knowing our church, I would like to invite you. This may be a connecting moment for you to the Church of Jesus Christ.

Please tell your pastor that you want to be included in this historic gathering of the New York Annual Conference. All are welcome. Please take a look at the exciting events for the day. You will have a great time and return home recharged and renewed for the journey.

God's people of New York Annual Conference, this is a great opportunity for us to connect with the vision and mission of our church. This is indeed the time and we are indeed the people for God's new movement among us.

The word that comes to my mind for the significance of this gathering of 5,000 is MOMENTUM. One of our pastors defined it this way: Magnificent Opportunities for Mission Employing Newly Transformed United Methodists. I like it. Thank you Rev. Carle! I believe that God is creating a huge wave and sending it our way. Are we willing to catch it and ride it for such a time as this?

Isaiah 43:18-19 says, "Forget the former things. Do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up. Do you not perceive it?"

I am looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, June 12, at Hofstra University.

May God richly bless and honor you, your loved ones and your church!

In Christ,
Jeremiah Park