Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church
Sunday, October 21, 2018
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     “The ministry of laity flows from a commitment to Christ’s outreaching love. Lay members of The United Methodist Church are, by history and calling, active advocates of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Every layperson is called to carry out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20); every layperson is called to be missional. The witness of laity, their Christ-like examples of everyday living as well as the sharing of their own faith experiences of the gospel, is the primary evangelistic ministry through which all people will come to know Christ and The United Methodist Church will fulfill its mission.”                                         Book of Discipline, paragraph 127.
     At a clergy gathering recently I was asked, what is the best thing about the church you serve? I bet you can guess the answer because I bet many of you have the same answer I did. “The people! I can’t believe the kind, generous, talented, dedicated people I get to work with every single day.” We know that while I am appointed to serve as your pastor, each of you as church members is one of the ministers in our church. Each of you has a unique role (or two, or three!) in sharing God’s love. Each of you are a part of the body of Christ. You are the hands, the feet, and the voice of Jesus in our world today.
When I see you doing your part at the Fall Supper, serving at a funeral, in Stephen Ministry Class, leading small groups, helping on Wednesday nights, serving coffee, and all the many other big and small tasks of being the church, my heart swells with joy. It is beautiful to see the body of Christ in action!
     On Sunday October 21st at each service we will be recognizing one aspect of lay ministry--leadership. We will be praying for the outgoing and incoming committee chairpersons and inviting those who serve on committees and teams to stand. (Remember when I have had everyone who is involved in ministry in this church in some way come forward? I’m not doing that again because it’s not really fair to single out a few guests and the 6 people whose greatest gift to us in this season of life is to come, despite their health issues, to bless us with their presence in worship. Yet, I will always love that picture of 95% of the congregation in front of the room because you live the truth that we are a missionary force! Isn’t it great to be part of a church where all of us are committed to a cause greater than ourselves, the mission of sharing the care and compassion of Christ!
     If you are interested in joining us on our mission, we are having New Member Class on Sunday October 21st from 4-6:30pm. Please RSVP to the church office by October 14th if you are interested!
Be God’s,
Pastor Brenda

Joining Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church

We welcome your interest in membership, but please don’t feel you must be a member to participate fully at DLUMC. We welcome your involvement even more! You are invited to seek out programs or people that interest you and become actively involved even before you become a member.

Periodically a series of new member orientation sessions are held on Sunday mornings. Discussions center around the structure and work of the church and how you may participate in the life of the church family. Food is often involved as well!!  New member candidates are paired with sponsors from the congregation who attend the session with them and serve to help them get ever more acquainted with the people and opportunities at DLUMC.

For more information about membership, please contact the church office—phone 847-4818 or use the Contact Us link on the website to send email.

8:15am Sunday: Holy Grounds
with Kids Corner
10:00am Sunday:
Heritage Worship
& Adventure Kids
Visitors Welcome!
Nursery Available
Coffee Anytime!
Small Groups
for all ages