Good day to all!
To all family, friends and the Centennial United Methodist Church members. It is with great joy that I unite to the Centennial United Methodist Church family to serve and to do ministry together in the mission Þeld that God has placed the church and now myself with you. I have received such a warm and friendly welcome from you and I thank you for that. I hope to run with the batan that Pastor Uziel passed on to me and to do it well just as he and the former pastors did. As we proceed in our faith journey together during this Pentecost season may we continue to see the Spirit of God at work in our lives, in our homes, in our church and in the communities we will serve. May God continue to move freely among us and through us as we journey together into a new season. We must continue in hope, in faith and in love. That unconditional love that God has so generously poured out on us all! This is a new season in the life of Centennial UMC and in myself and together we will move as the Spirit of God leads us. May the God that loves and cares for all of His creation guide us, lead us and empower us to do His work here on earth as we labor together. The pandemic changed a lot things for everyone, even in the church, but it also opened avenues to do more ministry in creative ways that maybe we would not have thought to do before. To name one of them is the ability to do church gatherings online. While it is important and necessary to gather in person it is exciting that this opportunity opened up the ability to have people join in worship from any part of the world despite whatever situation they may have that does not allow them to be at church physically. This is just one but there are many others. So I believe there is a lot of good ministry to do in Rockford and I am so happy to be part of it with you. This verse found in Acts 20 where Paul speaks to the Ephesian elders is very
encouraging to me and I want to share it with you. Verse 24: “if only I may Þnish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” While we will miss Pastor Uziel and all the good work he has done here at Centennial United Methodist Church we will honor his hard work by continuing to respond to the call that God has placed on us which is to continue to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world in the mission Þeld where we are at.
Peace be with you!
Pastor Audrey Rochet