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Friday, September 20, 2019
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Dear Friends,

In the 1989 film Field of Dreams, Ray Kinsella, played by Kevin Costner, struggles with his relationship with his deceased father, a devoted baseball fan. Walking in his cornfield one night Ray hears a voice telling him “If you build it, he will come”. The voice is accompanied by a vision of a baseball diamond in the cornfield. Ray believes in the voice and sees visions of old baseball players playing on the field with him.  Despite facing financial ruin, Ray plows over his cornfield to create the baseball diamond in his vision.  The story twists and turns with Ray finally making peace with his father. The field itself takes on a whole new life as the movie ends with hundreds of cars approaching the site to share in the field of dreams. Ray built the field and not only did “he” (his father) come but hundreds of others as well. If you build it, they will come.

I have thought of this movie and this line frequently over the summer as space in the church has been repaired, renovated and renewed. As a community of faith, we understand that “our” church is Christ’s church. All the energy and time that goes into the creation of welcoming space is so that all will be welcome here, all will be fed here, and all will come to know Christ in this place. That is the vision we invest our very lives in.

As fall begins, I invite you to share in the ministry of Christ through study, worship, service and prayer. The place, the space, is ready and the vision is set.


“Compelled by God's love Stone UMC is

 an inclusive community of faith,

 meeting people where they are,

connecting them with Christ and one another,

helping them live as disciples of Jesus Christ”.

                                                                                      Yours in Christ…Pastor Sarah



    Stone United Methodist Church, I love this place!

    In the Peace, Power and Presence of Christ...Pastor Sarah




Who we are as the people of Stone…

“Compelled by God's love Stone UMC is an inclusive community of faith, meeting people where they are, connecting them with Christ and one another, helping them live as disciples of Jesus Christ”.



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