CHRISTIAN

Arcola United Methodist Church




JUST A SUMMER WALK

IN THE PARK

Pastor Scott meets Pastor Dave Wehrle

on the walking/biking path

in the park

Family is a great blessing from God!

Pastor Scott and his beloved sister, Sharon


Who Is Our Pastor?
      Pastor Scott Griffith, a lover of M&Ms, is the son of Paul and Trudy Griffith. He was raised in New City, New York. After graduating from Summit High School in 1982, Rev. Griffith attended Kean University where he earned his undergraduate degree and a dual certification in music and elementary education.
       In 1994 he was called into ministry by the Diamond Hill United Methodist Church in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, where he had been serving as Music Director. After serving for five years there, he was appointed to a two-point charge in Kearny, New Jersey. Before coming to Arcola United Methodist Church here in Paramus, Rev. Griffith was serving as a full time pastor at Asbury United Methodist Church in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. Currently, Rev. Griffith is taking graduate courses at Wesley Seminary in Washington, DC and is also serving Arcola as a full time Pastor.
     Pastor Scott serves Arcola by singing in the choir, sitting in on all meetings and getting involved with the youth. Among Rev. Griffith's interests are reading, collecting coins and listening to music.
    Won't you come and be a part of our ministry? Our service starts at 10:00am with fellowship to follow.   
      

 

52 South Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ 07652Phone 201-843-2805* Fax 201-843-2120* Parsonage 201-843-2473
Email Address: umcoffice@yahoo.com

Sunday Worship 10:00am



Easter 2017

Dear Friends,

God says, in Rev 21:5, ‘behold, I make all things new!’  And Jesus tells us in Mk 2:22 that we don’t put new wine in old wineskins, or else all is lost; but we put new wine in new wineskins.

A powerful message of Easter is that God has broken the old form of death, and come through in victory in a new way - a way of new life which cannot be taken from us.  It is God doing a new thing, and so we need a new form.


Recently, I saw a picture of a man who lives in Aleppo, Syria.  He once had a beautiful apartment, collected American made cars, and listened to vinyl records on an old gramophone.  The photographer had taken pictures of him before.  The man’s name is Mohammed Anis, and he refuses to leave the city.  Why?  Because he holds out hope that even though the old form is gone, he still has something to celebrate.  The photographer said that Mr. Anis puffed on his pipe, and had a look on his face as if he were looking at a beautiful sunset.


Mr. Anis said the Syrians just want life; they want to let the music play.


God’s Spirit is alive in that man’s heart.  He knows the hope of the resurrection, even if he is not Christian.  He has a determination to wait for the day when, even though the old has passed away, he trusts the new will come.


It is a stunning visual metaphor for both the need and the hope of God’s people in the world today.  For Christians, we don’t have to wait, because we know the gift has been given, God has come in a new way, and we must seek him in new forms.  


Easter means that to celebrate new life, we need to let God take away the old and come in new ways that will excite and enliven both us and the people around us.


We know that the healing and life-giving music of God plays on.  Let’s join the song!


Grace and Peace,
Scott

PASTOR'S LETTER

​APRIL 2017