a Message from Pastor Hather

Hello, WUMC!  I pray this finds you well in the midst of this year’s Holy Week.

Over the past several weeks, I have been engaging in conversation with the Interfaith group in our community.  The Unitarian Universalist Church (just up the road from us on Main Street), had their “Black Lives Matter” sign vandalized.  As you can imagine, it was devastating to them and to the Interfaith group.  This action would be the second or third act of hatred on a religious group within my time at Williamsville.  Our response as religious leaders was to offer a “sign” of solidarity and peace.  The literal “signs” read:  “We need not look a like, to love a like.”  This action within our comunity made the Buffalo News.

The hope is that this message with bloom like daffodils throughout WNY.  We have 18 additional yard signs to be used in local neighborhoods. If this resonates with you and you would like to share this story of community unity on your street, please stop in the office for a sign.

May God’s peace prevail,
Pastor Heather

Lenten Worship Series

WUMC along with many other local UMC’s will be teaching and preaching on Rehab Worship during Lent. “Rehab is a word that can refer to many different things. Just a quick glance through the Wikipedia article on rehabilitation, or “rehab,” points to issues ranging from health (cognitive rehab, wildlife rehab, drug rehab, occupational rehab, physical rehab, psychiatric rehab, vision rehab, vocational rehab) to politics (restoration of disgraced politicians) to home improvement (Rehab Addict!). In general, the word rehabilitate means to restore to a condition of good health, ability to work; to restore to good condition or operation; or to restore a person’s reputation.” (UMC General Board of Disciplehip)

Let’s worship together to understand how Lent is a journey toward God’s rehabilitation in our lives- both individually and corporately.

~Pastor Heather

During Lent we are focusing on the theme of “Rehab.” This is not meant to be a time to be “preachy” or holier than thou. Rather, it is a time for all of us to admit our humanness, brokenness, and need for the Savior. Please continue to open yourself up for opportunities to be held accountable, to meet your neighbor in the pew or loft, and to respond to God’s message for you and the larger church. ~ Pastor Heather

Happy New Year

Friends, as you enjoy New Year’s Eve and reflect on the year that has past, do so with gratitude toward God. May you find memories and moments of joy, laughter and love even in the midst of sorrow, changes, or sadness.
– Pastor Heather

Gifts of Gratitude: Our Treasure

Brothers and Sisters,

As we continue in our discussion of Gifts of Gratitude: Our Treasure, have you considered where your treasure lies? What did Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 6:19-21 mean to you? In the week ahead, consider a “house divided.” What does it mean to you to say “Jesus is my Lord?” How are you experiencing gratitude in all aspects of your life?

~ Pastor Heather

A Letter from Pastor Heather

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Over the past few days and weeks we have seen violent acts of hatred throughout our country and around the world. These acts are unfortunately becoming more and more frequent in today’s world. I join Bishop Webb in identifying these acts of violence and hatred as a spiritual problem in our country and perhaps greater world.
As believers in Christ, we need to speak up against injustices and racial hatred. We need to pray for those who are victims and for those who are acting out in violent ways. We need to pray that we can each be vessels of reconciliation and peace in every aspect and area of our individual lives, in our homes, and in our own community.
These are uncertain times. But I am reminded that “in the face of uncertainty, there is nothing wrong with hope.” Our hope is in Jesus Christ who has conquered sin and death. May it be so for us as we walk with Christ and one another in the days ahead.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Heather

Children’s Time

As I reflect on two  recent Sunday Children’s moments, I’m reminded of the value of listening. Really listening. Hearing each other honestly, without judgement….being truthful in love. Let’s try and listen to each other as we create the much needed space for God’s presence among us. ~ Pastor Heather