Monthly Message from Pastor Cathe

News & Newness....

I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? (Isaiah 43:19)

By now, you’ve heard the news that I have been newly appointed to FUMC Seguin, effective July 1st. In the United Methodist Church, pastors take a vow at ordination to adhere to the itineracy system of ministry – to go wherever God calls us to go. Each year, our Bishop and Cabinet in the Rio TX Conference prayerfully discern which pastoral changes are necessary
to best serve God’s purposes for the ministry in our Conference as a whole. Jerry and I trust this process of discernment – after all, it’s what brought us to CCUMC in the first place!

So while we will truly miss our church family here, we are looking forward to what God has planned for us in Seguin. The newly appointed pastor to CCUMC is Pastor Wesley Craig, and he will be coming from FUMC Goliad. He and his wife Susan have two beautiful children – Meadow who is 4 years old and Ellis who is 3 years old. I’ve met them and they are a wonderful family! I feel they will be a great blessing in every way as they come to be a part of the CCUMC family. You can read more about Pastor Wesley in Jim Dufour’s article, elsewhere in this newsletter.

You may also have heard that Barb Zech will be relinquishing her responsibilities as choir director, effective May 1st. She and John plan to eventually re-locate to the Rockport, TX area. Barb has been a wonderful leader for the choir and has also been instrumental in working with our children’s choir and providing musical leadership in our Emmaus community.
They are long time members of our church and they will truly be missed! There will be a trio of leaders taking over the helm of the choir directing responsibilities – Beth Yost will be the lead person, assisted by Louise Ridlon and Dot Files.

Through all these changes, it’s good to remember Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” No matter where we go or what we do in life, we have the assurance that Christ is always with us and is always the same (a loving, guiding, providing Presence).

Furthermore, we can cling to the promise from Jeremiah 29:11 “For
surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” All of us as individuals and as a church can claim this promise – God’s ways may not be our ways, but we can trust that God’s ways are always best.

I would ask that you keep Jerry and me in your prayers as we prepare for our transition. Also, please keep the Craig family in your prayers, as well as the Zech family and our church family! God is about to do a new thing… will be exciting and we have every reason to believe that the best is yet to be – for each of us and for our church. Thanks be to God!

Blessings, Pastor Cathe

PHONE: 512-303-1393
Cedar Creek UMC
P. O. Box 33
5630 FM 535
Cedar Creek, TX 78612