January, 2018

Dear Friends:

After Christmas, we enter the season of Epiphany. The word signifies an 
appearance of a Divine Being.

In the case of the church this celebrates the appearance of the Baby Jesus 
to the world, and we observe it on 6 January. The scripture behind this 
is found in the Gospel of Luke 2:25-35. Verses 30-32 speak of a man 
named Simeon, to whom it was revealed that the Baby Jesus was God’s 
promised Messiah.

One of the great hymns of the 20th century is by Natalie Sleeth.  It’s 
called Hymn Of Promise.  The first verse runs thus:  In the bulb there 
is a flower; in the seed, and apple tree; in cocoons, a hidden promise: 
butterflies will soon be free!  In the cold and snow of winter there’s a 
spring that waits to be, unrevealed until its season, something God 
alone can see.

I say all this because we often go through life looking for answers. How 
much energy do we spend trying to find and see?

Like Simeon, who kept faith and waited patiently, God will give us the 
answers we need in God’s time, and then we will see.

As we wait in faith, may this New Year of 2018 reveal God’s promises to 
us, and lead us ever closer to the truth; the light of Christ given for 
the whole world.

God Bless,



Family is a great blessing from God!

Pastor Scott and his beloved sister, Sharon

Arcola United Methodist Church

        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 as a full time pastor, Rev. Griffith was serving as a full time pastor at Asbury United Methodist Church in Egg Harbor Township, NJ.

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.