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!
“Praise the Lord! Praise His name, you servants of the Lord, who stand in the Lord’s house, in the sanctuary of our God. Praise the Lord, because He is good; sing praises to His name, because He is kind.”
The above was a part of my Psalm reading for today and it seems so very appropriate to share with all of you this week. Recently at Gadsden Street UMC there have been a number of praiseworthy events tuning my heart to sing God’s praises.
During worship on Sunday morning (June 17) we had the opportunity to celebrate the baptism of Dorothy Short. In preparing for baptism, Dorothy shared with me that she has felt closer to God over these last several years at Gadsden Street UMC than she has in her whole life. What a testimony to the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit among us. Listening to the nudge of the Holy Spirit, Dorothy chose to be named and claimed as a child of God. As we celebrated her baptism, and welcomed her as a sister in Christ, we also had the opportunity to renew our own vows to uphold our faith family by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service and our witness.
This summer, taking advantage of a unique space of time, we’ve turned our attention to our Fellowship Hall. This is a space that is used in so many ways, and also a space that has been in great need of some cleaning up, cleaning out, and freshening up! The work has already begun. Thanks to the many hands and plenty of hard work we started with updating our girls bathroom. This week, I celebrate that the work continues in a big way!!! Yesterday I had the joy of serving alongside at least a dozen folks working together to clean out and organize the pantry, the kitchen, and the storage areas of the Fellowship Hall. Folks from our faith family, our Korean brothers and sisters, and a hardworking man blessed by the ministry of the church, graciously gave the gifts of their presence and their service. Every person came humbly, ready and eager to serve as a part of this massive undertaking. The teamwork was a beautiful thing to behold. (“How beautiful is the Body of Christ!”) Together we accomplished far more in one day that I ever thought possible!
You may not be aware of all of the ways this space is currently being used for mission and ministry. Three times a week fifty plus folks gather in the Fellowship Hall as they seek lives of sobriety through the ministry of AA. Each week our Korean brothers and sisters gather in this space to share food and words seasoned with grace around the tables. During the school year this space is used to feed almost 200 students from two campuses, every day. This summer opportunity this space will host folks from all across our conference for a time of transformative learning through Mission U (July 20 and 21). And that’s not all! Over the last couple of weeks several God-given possibilities have surfaced to use this space for ongoing ministries offering help and hope and the love of Christ to others.
And we’re not done yet! There is still much to do. There is quite a list of projects we still hope to accomplish this summer as we continue to prepare places for hospitality, mission and ministry! Praise the Lord for He is good!