From the Minister

Letter from the Pastor for the May 2022 Grapevine:
God is making you new!
Yesterday I worked on my balcony, rearranging the plants and gettng my flower containers
ready for planting. I am beginning to get it ready for this growing season (plus it wasn’t snow-
ing so I thought I would grab the opportunity).
As we move into spring, the smells of fragrant blooms and the sights of that beautiful ‘spring
green’ is beginning to take over the long winter of gray. It is a reminder of the cycle of
change that we experience four times a year in this region.
Over the last two years we have journeyed through some/several diffcult times but even dur-
ing the diffcult times there are signs of growth and deepening. We are not the same as we
were two years ago, but now we have the opportunity to take that experience and learn and
grow from the struggles.
We have just journeyed through Lent and the Easter Season with the hope of redemption.
Being renewed is the promise of Christ. The Good News of the Gospel is that Christ is making
us NEW. There is not a day that God does not give us opportunity to learn and grow, to bloom
and become renewed. [We do need to name the reality, that the renewal does not usually
come without a struggle and we cannot waste that struggle by not learning and deepening
from it.]
This spring may we, as a worshipping community, be focused on renewal. May you feel the
strength, the power, and the encouragement of Jesus as you reach out to serve and care for
May is a month where new growth is evident; things begin to bloom and become fulfilled.
Let’s encourage each other so that each of us will be able to see the growth and the renewed
life around us and within us. We need each other and we need the encouragers who help us
to see.
God’s HOLY SPIRIT of renewal is ‘in’, ‘through’, and ‘around’ us always. Bellevue UP is a
deepening/renewing place to be. Let’s work to be intentional about our goal to grow and
deepen in our faith. May we look for growth and renewal, rebirth and redemption as we move
through each day of this month. And may each of you feel God’s encouragement and joy in
your life as you notice the gifts of God surrounding you each day.
‘Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so
that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect.’
Romans 12: 2
‘Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.’ Psalm 51:10