Time has a way of getting away from us, doesn’t it.  It has been awhile since I have visited my blog pages.  Just a reminder, I try to write about the life here at the United Methodist Church here in Hampton, Iowa.  I will soon be celebrating my 5th anniversary here at the church, doesn’t seem like it has been that long.  Looking forward to a few more years here with the people I have come to know and love as family.

This year brings lots of changes to the church, locally, on the conference level and to the general church universally.  Rev. Lewis will be holding monthly meetings to discuss these changes and I do hope you will attend and not be ignorant in the changes that are coming to your church here.  (Watch the newsletter for the date, time and place.)  I am excited for all of us.  I am a child of the Methodist Church, I began my journey with my baptism at the Janesville Methodist Church.  I was confirmed at the Shell Rock Methodist Church and it was around that same time that the church became the United Methodist Church.

And it is that excitement that brought me back to this blog today.  Life is so full and wonderful as we live each day in this world God has created for us.  I know it was His plan that brought me here to be at Hampton United Methodist Church.  What the future has in store for us here is unknown, however, I do know God will reveal all in His time.

Last summer a group from here traveled to Perryville, AR to spend a week living on the Heifer International Ranch, learning about the mission of the organization and its mission to alleviate hunger around the world.  We worked on the ranch completing different chores during our stay.  Many from the group got up close and personal with the goats, we were greeted daily by two old tom turkeys that appeared to be in charge of the ranch and we spent a night in ‘Villages’ from other parts of the world.  One of the first lessons we were encouraged to take away from our stay there was not to anticipate.  As the Iowans were asking the HI representative who greeted us on the first day, “Where will we stay?”  “What will we be doing tonight?”  “What will we do tomorrow?”  “What kind of work will we be doing?”  The answer was, do not anticipate, live in the moment and experience what is happening now.