MERGER TEAM UPDATE
Voting on the proposed merger of Albright and Wesley United Methodist Churches was held on Sunday, May 3. Many people from both congregations were present at Albright Church for the Worship Celebration, which was held while the votes were being counted. Rev. Phil Strom, the Southern Prairie District Superintendent announced that the proposal passed with a strong majority of more than 96% of Wesley votes and 93% of Albright votes. There were only 3 votes from each church against the merger. After the announcement many stayed for a meal together in the Albright Fellowship Hall.
Beginning July 1, 2015 Albright and Wesley United Methodist Churches will join together to form Cornerstone United Methodist Church. A Transition Team has already met and will continue the work begun by the Merger Team. A Transitional Nominating Team has started to work on the slate of officers for the leadership of the new Cornerstone church. Keep these two transitional teams in your prayers.
Also present at the celebration and meal on May 3 was the future pastor of Cornerstone United Methodist Church, Dave Johnston and his wife Jeanie. Pastor Dave’s first Sunday at Cornerstone UMC will be June 28.
PRAYER FOR THE NEW CHURCH
Almighty God of new beginnings.
We thank You for bringing us together according to Your good and perfect will to form Cornerstone United Methodist Church.
Send the fresh winds of Your Spirit to help us hear Your new plans for each of us and for Cornerstone Church. Through Your Spirit assist us to carry out those plans to serve one another and reach out with Your love into the community and hurting world.
In this time of new beginnings and new possibilities we thank you for the spiritual gifts and talents you have blessed each individual with. We celebrate the peace of Christ that ties us together and we pray for unity as we come together to worship, praise, and serve You with grateful hearts. Give us humility to recognize each other as loved by You and a part of the body of Christ needed to accomplish Your good and perfect will.
You are the cornerstone on which this church is built. We love You, trust You, and know You will work all things for the good according to Your purposes. Give us the power of Your Holy Spirit to be the church You want us to be and accomplish the purposes You have brought us into being for.
This we pray in the life giving name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, Amen.
(If you desire to pray further, please read Romans 12 each day and make it a prayer for Cornerstone.)
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