I am coming back!
By Rev. Ileana Rosario

It is official! My appointment has been fixed and I am staying at Lower UMC for another year! This wonderful news fills my heart with joy. What a great privilege it is to lead this church and to work side by side with all of you!

This year also marks my 20th year in ministry! I can’t believe that I have served as a pastor for 20 years already and I can’t imagine a better place to celebrate this anniversary than Lower UMC.

At the beginning of this, my third year at Lower UMC, I am more committed than ever to serve with dedication, to preach with passion and to allow the Holy Spirit to inspire us, transform us and guide us in this journey as a community of faith.

This is a very special year not only for me but for all of us as we celebrate the 300 years of Lower UMC in this community. This is the time for us to trust God’s promises and to work toward God’s vision of peace, justice and hope. I believe God has brought me here for such a time as this and I am grateful to be part of the growth and transformation of this church as we move toward our future.

I believe we are already a vibrant, spirit-filled and dedicated church. Let’s be willing to make every effort to grow, adapt and change in order to make disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world. That is our main goal!

I invite you to walk with me by faith and trust everything else to our Lord Jesus Christ.  “For we live by faith, not by sight”. If we focus on what we see in the world around us, we can easily become discouraged and dismayed.

Like Peter during the storm, let’s have the courage to get out of the boat, out of our comfort zone, and start walking in the waters of chaos, confusion and violence that surround us so we can bring peace to the community around us. 

Let’s trust in a God that sustains us and provides for everything we need. Let’s follow that call, let’s keep moving forward! Let’s make this an amazing year in the name of Christ!