The Shepherd’s Vigil 06/30/2020

A Weekly Message from Rev. Rafe Vigil, Senior Pastor

We are right at mid-year and I don’t need to tell you a lot has happened. However more is still to come. The process of a relaunch of in-person worship and altering plans for many ministries is ongoing. Back to school, golf tournament, and fall events (pumpkins?) would all be done or in process but we don’t know what is to come or how to plan.
 
One thing that is coming very soon is a very big opportunity that alters the identity and ministry of New Horizon UMC.
 
Our sister United Methodist church, Everglades Community Church, in West Pembroke Pines has asked to merge with New Horizon UMC. We will have a Charge Conference on July 16 at 7:00pm to consider the merger. This meeting will be done via Zoom with our church leadership and led by our District Superintendent Cynthia Weems. We will vote on the merger as this process will include receiving a group of members and a Life Enrichment Center designed property in west Pembroke Pines in the near future. This would become a second campus of New Horizon.
 
This is a big deal and needs lots of prayer. I believe effective ministry in this densely populated area is essential. Pastor Peytyn and I have worked with this congregation for the past year. This merger may be the next faithful step to sustainable, viable ministry in our area. If you have questions or want to know my thoughts you are welcome to contact me.
 
Plus exciting news is coming very soon about our Golf tournament for the Florida United Methodist Children’s home (August 22). I also just found out that yes we ordered pumpkins!
 
Peace and blessing,
 
Pastor Rafe