What a joy it is to welcome you to Gadsden Street United Methodist Church! I celebrate our opportunity to connect through the internet. Gadsden Street UMC is a community of faith rooted and grounded in God’s love. Our ongoing response to God’s love is expressed through prayer and worship, growing together in studying and seeking to live out God’s word, and as we serve locally and globally the least, the last and the lost. We are pleased to share our facilities on the corner of Ninth and Gadsden Street, with a Korean Methodist congregation, Lighthouse Private Christian Academy, the Pensacola United Methodist District offices and weekly AA meetings. We also celebrate the opportunity to be active partners in many excellent and effective ministries throughout our community.
On this webpage you’ll find brief descriptions of some of our ongoing ministries. Located across from Granada Square we celebrate every opportunity to connect with our neighbors and our community. In responding to God’s plans and purposes we are continually in the process of cultivating new opportunities to grow in grace and to serve faithfully.
No matter where you may find yourself along the journey of faith, we invite you to come grow with us!
“Jesus said, ‘Have the people sit down.’ There was plenty of grass in that place, and the men sat down, about five thousand of them. Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.”
The scripture above comes from one of the most famous of Jesus’ miracles, the feeding of the 5,000. If you take the time to read the whole encounter, it unfolds full of surprises. This scripture came to mind as we celebrated some of the amazing blessings God provided for us during our recent Gadsden Street UMC Yard Sale. You might be wondering how in the world God might bless a Yard Sale?! In fact there were so many ways, it would take me weeks to share it with all of you, but I would like to highlight at least a couple.
If you’ve ever had a Garage Sale, Yard Sale or Rummage Sale, then you may be aware that one of the challenges is always what to do with all of the leftover stuff. Thankfully one of our church members had worked hard to arrange with a “Treasure Broker” to pick up everything that was left for a donation of $100. We were thrilled. It was a dream come true. We were more than ready to settle for $100, but then near the end of our sale a man arrived. He began making giant stacks of leftover clothes. He began to sort through leftover linens and glassware and knick knacks. It was hard to keep up with him, adding up a running total of all he was buying. Because he was buying in great quantities, we also offered him a deep discount and still, when all was said and done, he bought $600 worth of stuff!
Did you catch that? We were more than ready to settle for $100 and God opened the door to multiply that by six! And the blessings don’t end there. All of the items this man bought are for his ongoing ministry with our homeless neighbors. He employs them to run a thrift store, giving them a job and an opportunity to earn money and dignity. Additionally, at the end of the day, all of the leftover clothing was donated to PUMCM where it will continue to generate resources for this cooperative ministry for our neighbors in need, and will provide clothing for other homeless neighbors! (Matthew 25:35)
Wait, there’s still more! Before we began, all of the proceeds of the Yard Sale were earmarked for Missions. In hearing this, an anonymous donor agreed to match us dollar for dollar (up to $2000) if the money would help the needs of immigrants (Exodus 23:9, Matthew 25:36). By the end of the sale we were able to send $2000 to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) Advance #3022144, a ministry committed to the issues of “Global Migration.” Our $2000 became $4000- a gift doubled for the needs of others!
I give thanks for all who took the time to clean out drawers, closets, garages and storage areas. I give thanks for all who gave time and energy to sort, price and prepare for our sale. I give thanks for all who were present on the days of the sale greeting everyone with kindness. I give thanks for all of the opportunities we had for meaningful conversations with the folks God brought to us on the days of the sale. Most of all I give thanks to God who is always surprising us and blessing us in ways we could not even imagine.