Pastor Mary Beth’s Musings: April 26, 2018

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26thMary Beth Hardesty-Crouch Church Anniversary Day

 

Today is April 26—Anniversary Day for Vista Ridge United Methodist Church. On this day, 26 years ago, VRUMC was “chartered,” becoming a self-sustaining church. I was living in Carrollton at the time and remember what this part of southwest Lewisville looked like. It was mostly country—Denton Tap was a two-lane blacktop road. There was no Sam Rayburn Tollway. Vista Ridge Mall was brand new. Business 121 was a traffic nightmare from DFW Airport all the way to McKinney.

Twenty-six years later and my, how things have changed! Restaurant, retail, office, medical and light-industrial space all around us. Denton Tap has become a major thoroughfare for commuters. Apartment complexes, townhome communities, and several new single-family neighborhoods are bringing new people into our mission field.

One of the newest neighborhoods is just to the north of us at the corner of Denton Tap and Vista Ridge Mall Drive. Only a few homes are completed in the development, but construction is happening very quickly and soon there will be neighbors moving in. Later today, I’m going to “prayer walk” the neighborhood asking God to reveal how we are to be good neighbors to this new community. I’m going to be “prayer walking” all of the neighborhoods around us through the month of May, listening and waiting on God. I wonder if you’d like to join me, or if you’d like to consider prayer walking in your neighborhood.

Vista Ridge UMC has changed too. We have a new worship opportunity called Reverent that launches on Monday night at 6:55 pm. But at the heart of who we are and what we do is the knowledge that we are to be about the business of helping people know that they are loved by God and that God longs to be in intimate, life-giving relationship with us. That knowledge pushes us out into our communities to be the hands and feet of Christ and is why we will celebrate our 26th anniversary with a Day of Service to our community. Several projects are planned for Sunday morning where we can all serve.

There is tremendous opportunity all around us. I pray that we will allow God to send us into the fields! I’m praying for you. I hope you’re praying for me.

Glory to God!
Pastor Mary Beth