You are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. —Ephesians 2:19
If you want to see a good example of the members of God’s household working together, just attend the Methodist Men’s annual pancake breakfast. It’s held the first Saturday of November, and you’ll witness a large group of people using their widely varied talents and interests to work toward a common goal—in this case, raising money to send kids to summer camp and fund other worthwhile church projects.
From the greeters and ticket sellers to the waiters and cooks, and of course the table bussing crew and dishwashers, the breakfast is a well-oiled machine that offers a pretty tasty meal. Much of the credit for it running so smoothly goes to UMM president Larry Klinefelter, who starts working diligently several months ahead of time to distribute tickets, get publicity, arrange for food, organize workers, and do all the other thankless behind-the-scene tasks that are necessary to pull off an event like this. A big void this year was the late Jim Harrill, who had been a mainstay of the cooking crew for many years. But others filled in, and those who attended generously contributed to a fund in his memory that will be used toward purchasing a new church bus.
Pastor Mejia’s sermon the day after the breakfast was a perfect follow-up. He quoted author Max Lucado, who writes that God never deposits all knowledge in one person, but distributes pieces of the jigsaw puzzle to many. When you connect your understanding with mine, and we share our discoveries, when we mix and mingle, confess and pray, Christ speaks.
God has created an authentic community called the church, and the Methodist Men are one part of that community. Add the United Methodist Women, the youth group, children’s ministry, Sunday school, GEMS, Wednesday night Bible study, small groups, and many others, and you get a cohesive group that supports one another and works for the common good, keeping Christ as the cornerstone. Yes, we belong together—and we’re definitely better together.
November 6, 2017