That’s how the world feels today.  So much seems to be happening.

A dear friend is going through a health crisis.

Today is the last week for our preschoolers.  The 4-year-olds graduated last night with a fun ceremony in the sanctuary.  It is going to be quiet around here.

We will be interviewing a candidate for the Director of Discipleship and Christian Education this week.

When we were in Israel in January, we had dinner with a Palestinian family.  They told us about their life and life for Palestinians in Israel is very difficult.  We took our picture together and that photo has hung on my wall since January.  Today when I came into my office this morning, I found the picture on the floor.  It made me wonder how they are doing in these violent times in Israel.

I am looking forward to the summer and preparing a sermon series on Friendship for June.

The State Fair Team is gearing up and getting ready to schedule volunteers.

And the grass!  With all our recent rain, the grass is green and growing.  It seems like everyone needs to mow their lawn.

Buzz.  Some good things.  Some sad things.  Some frustrating things.  Some exciting things.

This Sunday is Pentecost, the beginnings of the church.  (Acts 2, if you want to read for yourself.)  It began with the rush of a mighty wind—the presence of the Holy Spirit moving through the people.  The people could feel God doing what God does, sorting and healing and encouraging and equipping and enabling and drawing together.  I believe that God is always about this work.

I think of the current buzz in my life.  I do not feel the rush of a mighty wind. I don’t have the certainty of the people on Pentecost.   But still, I trust that God is at work as God always is.

Supporting my friend.  Cheering for those preschoolers.  Guiding candidates and church in the interview process.  Weeping in Israel for the hurting.  Pointing me in the right direction as I plan and prepare.  Making a way for our State Fair ministry.  And even in the grass, renewing the earth.

And you?  What’s buzzing with you?  Can you trust God with all of it?

Blessings to you and see you Sunday,

Pastor Cindy

Pastor Cindy Hickman
West Des Moines United Methodist Church
720 Grand Ave
West Des Moines Iowa 50265

We worship at 8:30 and 11 on Sunday mornings and we would love to worship with you!

This week at WDMUMC:
Last night for Wednesday Night Live programming!  We will have dinner and one last opportunity together.  Next Wednesday evening we will party in the park with a potluck at Raccoon River Park.
Pentecost Sunday This Sunday we will celebrate the beginning of the church.  Traditionally people wear red— symbolizing the color of the flame of the fire of the Holy Spirit.  Sunday—you’ll be seeing red!

Visioning Update!
Our visioning team is now in Week 7.  We have been interviewing community leaders about trends in our community.  On Thursday evening we will be reporting our findings.  We are also collecting information from church members through interviews and questionnaires.  Here’s my challenge:  I will contribute one can of food (fruit packed in juice—trying to be healthy here!)  for every interview and every questionnaire that is completed.  They will be lining the hallway outside my door.  Stop by and check out our progress!

Together, we are the church!