Pastor's Note
A Message from Reverend, Jane L. Leechford, Senior Pastor

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Dear Church Family,

A year ago, we broke ground for a new kitchen and an addition to the fellowship hall. On that exciting day, we gathered after worship in the area behind the church and shared in a groundbreaking litany. In the litany, we committed ourselves to the building of a place where people find peace and hope for the future.

We dedicated the ground to Christ, the head of the church. We expressed our gratitude that we are a part of the larger church in the world, and that we, by expanding our facilities and our vision, would purposefully bear witness to our faith as we welcome all who would enter through the doors.

We offered thanks for the spiritual opportunity of sharing people, resources, and prayer that would contribute to the life of the body of believers at West End United Methodist Church. We promised our continued commitment to the spiritual growth that would take place within the walls of the building.

Together, we reaffirmed our personal commitment to Christ and the church by indicating our intent to support the church with our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness as we accepted the commission of the Lord for the new addition and kitchen.

On that Sunday afternoon, a year ago, we spoke these words, "To the glory of God, in the presence of this congregation, may this ground be broken at West End United Methodist Church. The responsibility and the privilege rests upon us to cause a building to rise here where the church and community gather and the hungry are fed in the name of almighty God and to the glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."

A year later, I ponder these words and give thanks for all of you who shared your gifts, your time, and your involvement. I give thanks to the Duke Endowment who granted us the funds to pay our loan from the North Carolina Conference in full. Most of all, I give thanks to God for the provision and faithful reminder that the new addition is about commitment to our community as we are the hands, feet, and voice of Jesus to his children.

God has indeed blessed the faithful people of West End United Methodist Church and will continue to bless all who enter through her doors.

Looking forward in hope,
Pastor Jane

We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 1:2-3

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