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Pastor's Note
Reverend, Warren R. Carswell

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The mission of the UMC is, "To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the TRANSFORMATION of the world"

1 Corinthians 3:18, "And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being TRANSFORMED into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

A caterpillar spends most of its life crawling on -- and devouring -- its food source. But when it's time to become an adult, most caterpillars start to wander away from what they've been eating. They find a sheltered, safe spot in which to pupate, or transform into an adult. In all caterpillars, this happens inside a protective shell known as a chrysalis, but the specifics differ from species to species.

Let's look at the monarch caterpillar (Danaus plexippus) as an example. After wandering for a while, the caterpillar makes a simple silk pad on the underside of a branch or twig. It uses a hook-covered appendage called a cremaster to attach itself to this pad. It twists around, embedding its cremaster firmly in the silk. Then, it sheds its skin, revealing the chrysalis. The chrysalis hangs upside down from the cremaster until the butterfly is ready to emerge, or eclose.

The transformation itself is amazing. Think of it as recycling -- if you drop a plastic bottle off in the recycling bin, it can be melted down into an entirely different shape. This is what happens inside the chrysalis. Much of the body breaks itself down into imaginal cells, which are undifferentiated -- like stem cells, they can become any type of cell. The imaginal cells put themselves back together into a new shape. A few parts of the body, such as the legs, are more or less unchanged during this process.
This process of complete transformation is known as holometabolism. The amount of time required to transform completely varies from one species to another, but in general it takes about two weeks. For species that survive the winter by staying in the chrysalis, it can take months. (source: by Tracy V. Wilson)

Starting on October 14th, we will begin a new series called Living a Transformed Life
As Christians, we are in the process of Transformation. Our lives are to reflect the beauty and glory of God. We can not do that on our own power or desire, but only through yielding to the Holy Spirit. Allowing the Holy Spirit to change us from inside out. This is a journey, a lifelong journey. But the journey is worth it! Join us starting Sunday, Oct 14th as we begin this journey. The series includes:

Transformed by Faith-Faith in Christ is the beginning of the journey
Transformed by Word & Prayer-Learn how God's word and seeking Him can change us
Transformed by Song, Praise & Suffering-Praising God in the good and the bad
Transformed by a Purposeful Community-Transformation takes place only in the context of a purposeful
community of believers whose mission is about Christ
Transformed by Works-Faith without works is DEAD. Doing the work,
transforms our minds and the world
Transformed by Giving-Learn to trust God with those things most important to us

Grace and Peace,
Warren Carswell
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