We are the risk takers, the change makers, the Adventurers of life! Welcome to 2017! By now you should know we are on a great adventure as Christians. This means we do not shy away from challenges, we do not hunker down in fear or play the blame game. We are called, we choose, and we become Christians. This means we are called away from the boredom, routines and consumer-driven ideals that dominate most people’s lives. We are called to confront the problems in life head-on by rolling up our sleeves rather than turning up our noses. We gather as a church because we choose what is right not what is easy, we choose to live out of our convictions not out of convenience, and we choose to draw the best not the worst out of ourselves and others. Are you part of a community like that? We are Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church and we have a bold, some say impossible, vision to restore human dignity to this world by living, loving and sharing the power of Jesus wherever we are. We are told to look ahead to each new day with optimism in what we can accomplish. In God’s Word, we see God described as a great artist, always creating, always revealing more of the world than we knew possible. He is always doing a new thing and invites us to join Him. “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19 He says His mercies are new and fresh every morning. He says His grace is sufficient for this day. We can see that nothing is stale and nothing is stagnant in God’s Kingdom. He gave fresh manna daily for the people on their journey in the wilderness. God want us to expect great things and then look for them. In the New Year, I want us to press on toward the high calling in Christ Jesus, not to be just a church on the hill, but THE beacon of hope and light for seekers and saints alike. So I truly look forward to working with you, worshiping with you and in general celebrating life with you on this great adventure that lies before us in 2017! Welcome Aboard!