“Love God, Love People, the End!”
These are words Ginny Kurrus used following her message on Laity Sunday last October. They seem appropriate words to remember at this time.
With the special called session of General Conference in St. Louis having concluded, I share with you an excerpt taken from the ARUMC.ORG website of the General Conference’s final outcome:
“The Traditional Plan, keeping the present language and doctrine of the UMC, passed the plenary session with a final vote of 438 (53.28 percent) in favor and 384 (46.72 percent) against.
Although the Traditional Plan passed with majority support from the body, many petitions included in the original text of the plan were previously ruled unconstitutional by the church’s Judicial Council in Decision 1366.
The two disaffiliation petitions, Disaffiliation – Boyette (90059) and Disaffiliation – Taylor (90066), were found to be unconstitutional.
During the plenary session, supporters of the Traditional Plan attempted to propose amendments to the plan in order to bring it back to a state of constitutionality but were only able to address a few petitions on the calendar in the time allotted.
The One Church Plan failed to pass by a vote of 374 (45.44 percent) to 449 (54.56 percent).
The Rev. Timothy Bruster of Central Texas also made a motion to request a final declaratory decision by the Judicial Council on the constitutionality of the Traditional Plan. That request will be addressed at the next Judicial Council meeting April 23 – 25.”
This issue has caused many of you to search your hearts, search God’s Word, and seek God in prayer. That is expected of Christian people and is wonderful. Only good can come from doing those things.
During my ministry, I have tried my best to follow both God’s Word and the United Methodist Discipline. That will not change, nor affect the way I preach. Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all you heart, mind, soul and strength. And love your neighbor as yourself.”
Moving forward in love as a faith family, may we find ourselves being obedient to Christ’s Words.
Hoping Each of You Experience God’s Peace as We Trust!
Pastor Mary Hilliard
Dear Asbury Church Family,
The Staff Parish Relations Committee is pleased to announce that Bishop Mueller has appointed the Rev. Dede Roberts as the new senior pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church. She will begin serving this summer following Rev. Mary Hilliard’s retirement.
Rev. Roberts is coming to Asbury from the conference office where she has served for six years as the director of the Center for Vitality, where she has been coaching and equipping congregations and clergy in Arkansas to grow in fruitfulness. Some of you may know Rev. Roberts from when she served as the District Superintendent of the Central
District from 2010 until 2015. Rev. Roberts is married to the Rev. Michael Roberts, senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Conway. They have three adult children: Avery (married to Nathan), Michala, and William, as well as two grandchildren, Emma Grace and Jacob.
Dede says, “I am so excited about coming to Asbury! It is a great church in a great location with a great past, and I believe the best is yet to be. I am grateful to Bishop Mueller and the Asbury congregation for the opportunity to serve as your next senior pastor.”
Rev. Roberts will begin her appointment July 1, 2019. Until then, we will continue to be blessed by Rev. Mary’s leadership and will celebrate her years of service to Christ and Christ’s Church.
You are welcome to send words of welcome to Rev. Dede in the weeks ahead as we prepare for the pastoral transition. Her contact information:
11 Evergreen Dr., Conway, AR 72034
Serving Christ with you,
The Staff Parish Relations Committee