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Are you looking for a place to belong? You’ll receive a warm welcome at Richmond United Methodist Church.

We are a church dedicated to Jesus Christ. We are committed to outreach and to minister in His name.

There is an array of family oriented ministries providing opportunities for children, youth, and adults to grow in faith, to enjoy Christian friendship, and to serve Christ.

There is a place for you at Richmond United Methodist Church.

 

 

Gaston Fam._-107-Edit  A Note From Pastor Georgette 

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vineyard keeper. He removes any of my branches that don’t produce fruit, and he trims any branch that produces fruit so that it will produce even more fruit.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this passage of scripture in the last nine months. Jesus’ Farewell discourse to his disciples from John 15 is the focus of the East Ohio Conference of the UMC for the next four years.  John 15 is one of my favorite passages of scripture. It affirms God’s grace filled love in our lives, as well as holding those who live in Christ’s love to be accountable to him and one another. We’re given Christ, so that we will keep growing, maturing bearing fruit that will last. Christ’s teaching for every generation reminds us that even our best work, is not our last work. For every branch that grows, one or more must be pruned away. If not, the vine won’t be able to thrive and continue to bear “good fruit”. During one of her addresses, Bishop Malone reminded us that “You are already trimmed because of the word I have spoken to you.” In other words, we already belong to Jesus. We are HIS branches, so we can take a deep breath and know to the depths of our soul that  no matter what we face or how many times we fail to keep Christ, Christ keeps us!

But…there’s always a but, isn’t there!?!?! When we forget that we belong to Christ, when we make choices that harm the “Vine”, the Church we’re called to become in this generation, we’ll experience the pain of pruning. It’s part of being human, it’s part of being the Church. And the UM Church is living through the pain of pruning, right now. So what’s the remedy? How can we, the people of the United Methodist Church, produce fruit that lasts? Jesus said, “A branch can’t produce fruit by itself, but must remain in the vine. Likewise, you can’t produce fruit unless you remain in me.” Jesus is the Vine, God is the keeper of the vineyard. We’re Christ’s branches. Stay connected to the vine, stay connected to the church and one another. Be nourished by Jesus, Beloved. Fruit is sprouting everywhere!           Have a great summer!

Agape, PG