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!
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
(Isaiah 55: 8,9)
Last week our Trustees gathered as they continue to plan and prepare places for ministry. One topic of discussion was our recent issue with backed-up pipes. In the midst of this stinky smelly situation, we all expressed thanks for the worker assigned to our case from Roto Rooter. We gave thanks for his hard work, for his attention to detail, and for all of the ways he was helpful to us in the midst of this situation. We decided to send a thank you note to Roto Rooter to let them know how much this guy was appreciated.
Sending a thank you note might not sound like much of a big deal, but let me assure you, businesses, and most folks who deal with the public, hear lots more complaining than thanking. Folks tend to be quick and loud when there is something to complain about, but for some reason “thank you” isn’t the first thing that tends to roll off people’s lips. This week I’ve been reminded of the power of something as simple as saying “thank you.”
Last week I also had an opportunity to visit with some folks who had recently been involved in a motor vehicle accident. The accident happened on one of those cold dreary evenings we had a few weeks back. It was dark. It was cold. It was raining. Not exactly a night to enjoy being out, and yet the Highway Patrolman responding to the accident was kind, thoughtful, and compassionate, even going above and beyond his duty by making sure they got home safely. In response this couple chose to send a thank you to the Highway Patrol. Almost immediately they got a call back thanking them for their thank you note. They were assured this was a really rare occurrence, receiving a thank you note, and it was very much appreciated.
Visiting someone in the hospital recently, I was surprised to hear them raving about how good the food was and how impressed they were with the care they were receiving. When they took the time to say “thank you,” the head nurse didn’t know what to say. She did say this word of thanks will go up the line, way up the line, since they’re used to hearing all sorts of complaints but rarely does anyone take the time to say “thank you.”
Out of the blue this week I received an e-mail that brought tears to my eyes. Challenged by hearing Bishop Graves talk about the ways we should walk with and love people, all people, that they might come to know Jesus, he took the time to express thanks for the ways God used Ron and I in his journey of growing in grace. What a powerful blessing!
This week we continue with our Lenten journey. During these forty days we purposely disrupt our normal routines in order to pay focus to what God is doing in our world and in us. Although we often focus on doing without, this week I’d like to suggest adding something to our normal routine. What if this week we each took time to pay attention to the people in our lives, maybe folks we seldom notice, maybe even the folks whose work we may take for granted? What if our prayer for this week is to be aware of all of the things other people do with us or for us? What if this week, rather than focusing on what we are doing without, we choose to take the time to say “thank you”? Who will you bless this week through an honest word of thanks?