Pastor's Note

Pastor's Note
A Message from Rev. HeyYoung Horton, Senior Pastor

Back in July of 2021 I was blessed to begin assignment as the Pastor of Cape May UMC. It's been one full year and I have decided to take some time to reflect back this new journey God has provided for me and my family.

I am happy to say I have learned most of our church members' names and a little of their history. I have learned the names of our shut-ins and have enjoyed listening to their stories while visiting them. I have especially loved learning the names of our children and am overjoyed when they run to greet me both in and out of church. I love our Young Followers' endless
giggles and energy. I also remember the fervent prayers for church members who have gone through tough illnesses and the tears we have shared when some of the loved ones have entered into glory.

I was deeply humbled by many people who put their time, talents and money together to improve my office, the children's chapel, outside gardens, and the general painting and clean up of our church. It has made it a beautiful place for us to serve God.

I love how one evening Lyle Hall was filled with Young Followers eating, singing, playing and learning about God. It was then transformed into a beautiful Victorian tea room serving wonderful teas and pastries.  Later it became a fancy dining room filled with the smell of delicious dinners.

I remember meeting there with others in the freezing cold weather to make fleece blankets we delivered to a homeless shelter along with thousands of diapers we had collected for the Maker's Place. Our church facility not only provides for our outreach programs such as Yoga class but also is used regularly by the community.

I can now fondly remember my shock after Christmas, when I attempted to take a friend out for lunch only to find the local restaurants I had planned to visit shut down for the season. The shore town of Cape May is certainly very different from my previous town less than 90 miles away.

I already have many wonderful memories of Cape May and its beautiful people and I am so pleased to be reassigned here again this year. I am excited to continue my journey and looking forward to sharing more experiences with you.

I am honored to be called your pastor and I am looking forward to working with you as we continue to dream of how the ideas of Cape May UMC can expand God's Kingdom to the hurting world. Already there are ideas of how to expand current programs and I am sure there is so much more we can do as God's church. So please let's all take time to listen to what God wants us to do. Thanks be to God for my congregation!

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until
now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:3-6)

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