2016-08 A Message from Pastor Howard Hintzman

Julie and I attended the local children/youth theater group’s presentation of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat” at Sentry theater. It was amazing the work the children and youth, along with their adult leaders, put into this production and how well it was performed. One part that really caught my attention was when the person who was doing the usual welcome and shut off your cell phones said in closing, “We want to thank The Springs and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.” Thanks for what? The group uses our facility in Plover as their rehearsal home. I will take free press like that any day.  

Then of course, the community was made aware in the local paper of our yearly Fresh Clothes Project, an effort to fulfill Jesus’ command to clothe people. Since the middle of June, people have been diligently working to find, wash, repair and sort the 10,000+ pieces of clothing, which will be handed out this month for children going back to school.  

Some of us went to the Airport Bar in July and had a wonderful experience with our neighbors down the street from our Point location, living out Jesus’ call to be good neighbors. Randy Hermes was busy passing out cards to people for the Blessing of the Animals service in Plover on the 17th, while others of us chatted with a friendly and funny bartender (who, by the way remembered us from our time there before and was glad to see us), and yet others connected with some of the customers.

Church camp this year brought in more children and youth than in the past few years because of reaching out to churches and communities outside of our own.
The camp this year celebrated forty years of changing lives for Christ under the
fine leadership of Selma Taylor for all these years.

The Strategic Team, a follow-up to the Vision Team, is working to see that we are “making disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world” following the suggestions the Church Conference adopted at our gathering last December. We are looking at creating a new look to our ministries and facilities as well as developing leaders and growing closer to God through spiritual growth opportunities and developing new ministries in our Plover location. Everyone will have the opportunity to hear the whole story in the fall.

The people of Finance have encouraged us to try tithing, giving ten percent of our income to God, for six weeks during the summer. Some of you must be doing that because we are holding our own through the summer and are very grateful to you for your faithfulness to God and your gratitude for all God has done for you and our church.

We had thirty people, two dogs and one porcelain cat at our Blessing of the Animals in July. We even blessed animals in absentia, pets people did not bring with them to worship but felt needed a blessing from God. Pastor Hyejung’s daughter (Hasom’s) dog even barked in rhythm to one of the songs we sang.

God is doing amazing things through us as scripture has promised God wants to do. We aren’t even into August yet and we have Vacation Bible School coming up yet. All of this showing how we have been called to be good neighbors to whomever we encounter. Till next time…hjh