June 12, 2018
Greetings to the RISEM Clay (Clergy & Laity)!
As I often do, I reflect on many things and our district is certainly in my reflections. As I have traveled our district and visited our churches, I continue to echo the Apostle Paul in Philippians 1:3-6 (NKJV) which he declared: “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy for your fellowship in the gospel from first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ”.
As we fast approach annual conference, I can’t believe that I have been serving as your District Superintendent for one year on July 1st
. My first year is almost in the rear view mirror and I am looking forward to the windshield that is before us. I am thankful for your faithfulness to God and to the communities of faith you have been called to serve. At my installation service back in September of 2017, I proclaimed to you that our district is on a comeback!
Click on link below to view video shown at installation service:
I reminded you of our need to nurture each other’s faith, provide relevant outreach and witness to this present and future age. Any successful business owner will tell you that location is very important. In ministry, however, it is all about relationships. I am grateful to report to you that a number of churches have shared that the relationship in our connection (local-district-conference) is being strengthened, and for this I give God thanks.
I assure you that I will continue to visit our district churches engaging in worship and preaching as my schedule will allow. I will continue to remind you of the mission we have been given by God which is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
As we fast approach the summer months, I encourage you to remember that even though people will be traveling, the ministry of the church goes on. To date, our district has given almost 25% in mission shares. I know that some churches choose to pay their mission shares at the end of the year but I strongly encourage you to purposefully strive to pay your mission shares in full and strive to pay it on a monthly basis.
If there is anything I can do to help convey the importance of being a connectional church, know that I will make myself available to come and speak to your congregation. Thank you for allowing me to serve as your district superintendent.
Blessings Always (Numbers 6:24-26)
Rev. Dr. Andrew L. Foster, III.
Your District Superintendent