Pastor’s Corner – June 2016
The year seems to be passing very quickly. Rust United Methodist Church continues to worship the Lord with power and might. The Committees are working well. The Breakfast Ministry is in full swing and the Mid Week Prayer Meeting is in continuing strong, with visitors every week.
June is the month we honor our fathers for their faithfulness—men willing to be faithful to their divine calling as fathers, to rear healthy, happy children who will be equipped to make positive contributions to society. Abraham is called the Father of the Faithful. The story in Genesis 22:1-19, describes his willingness to do all that he could to be faithful to what he was told by God to do, even willing to sacrifice his son. Abraham knew that fathers who are faithful to God will be faithful to their children. This is a goal for churches like Rust UMC to include in our mission.
The roles of fathers have been ignored too long in the social science literature, particularly in the area of family studies. The dynamics of the roles of fathers in all ethnic groups—especially African Americans—have changed dramatically over the years. These roles must be examined in relation to the many persons who may be part of today’s family: mother, grandparents or other relatives, and friends. We must also understand why African American men are seen as invisible or absent players in the family dramas that take place every day. The “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome”, written by Joy DeGruy Leary, addresses many of these issues that are still present in many communities of color.
The church has to recognize that all fathers and father-figures are not the same (just as all women who are mothers are not all the same). Fathers live out many different life situations that call for special approaches to fathering, including being adoptive dads, at-home dads, divorced dads, non-custodial dads, foster dads, single dads, step-dads, military dads, and widowed dads.
Rust United Methodist Church’s Men’s 365 Group, lead by Bro. Gaylord Francis, is designed to engage our men of all ages in the life of the church.
This month we also celebrate Juneteenth, also called Emancipation Day. This Juneteenth celebration started in 1865 when the abolition of slavery was announced in Texas. This was two years after the rest of the Nation. Rust UMC will be joining the celebration in Oberlin with tables on the Square supported by the Sisters Sowing Ministry and the United Methodist Women.