Stephen Trowen Nagbe UMC urged to go out and Impact the Society
The Rev. Dr. Matthew A. Jaiah, Senior Pastor of the Stephen Trowen Nagbe United Methodist Church in Liberia on Sunday, March 19, 2017 commanded his congregation to go out into the communities and perform some service that will expand the mission and ministries of the church in making disciples for Jesus Christ. Delivering sermon during the Thanksgiving Service marking the 50th Anniversary celebration of the church, Rev. Jaiah urged the men, women, young adults, and youth to go very far from the church in any community and undertake a project as a sign of sharing God’s blessings with them, adding, fifty years are too much for us not to be able to share some of the blessings with others.
The “Senior-Shepherding Pastor” as he is called, told the congregation and those attending the thanksgiving service that S. T. Nagbe UMC as a community church must now give back to other communities some of the good benefits that God has given to them in the last fifty years. Discussing the anniversary theme: Celebrating God’s Faithfulness, Rev. Jaiah cautioned members of the church to be like the Psalmist who asked, “What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me?” He called on the various units in the church to conduct more outreach activities that will ensure that the story of God’s goodness will be explained another fifty years from now. “The hospitals, the jails, and the ghettos need your intervention to transform the lives of those hooked on drugs and to bring relief to those on their sickbeds,” he asserted. He indicated that when each member of the church touches the life of someone who is not a member of the S. T. Nagbe UMC, they will be rendering unto some service for his goodness of fifty years.
In the sermon punctuated by songs from the senior choir of the church, Rev. Jaiah encouraged his congregation to stop judging themselves, but rather work for God and leave the rest to God to decide, adding, “no one is perfect, so stop putting yourselves down.” The UMC clergyman also pointed out that the church was celebrating its fiftieth anniversary because of the courage of their forefathers and mothers who upheld the church despite the challenges of their days.
In a special statement, the Church Lay Leader, Francis K. Zayzay said he is going to use the remaining days of the anniversary month (March) to raise the amount of $50,000 United States dollars to continue the multi-purpose building of the church. Already, the “Distance Members” of the S. T. Nagbe United Methodist Church based in the United States of America have contributed over $1000 to the Anniversary Fund Drive. “We are looking for 300 United Methodists in and out of this church to give us $100 each on or before Sunday, April 2, 2017,” Zayzay said.
The fifty year old church is the only United Methodist Church in the annual conference that has a the “physically challenged congregation” embedded in their congregation. The church is also providing monthly food ration for senior citizens and those in need on the last Friday of each month.
Additional reports will be coming from the month long 50th Anniversary of the Stephen Trowen Nagbe United Methodist Church including the Memorial Service held on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.
Reporting and photos by E. Julu Swen.
United Methodist Communicator of the Year, 2014
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