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Lower United Methodist Church
May 12th, 2021


"But me? I trust you, Lord! I affirm, “You are my God.” My future is in your hands."
 Psalms 31:14-16

In July 2009 I was appointed to a small rural church in Suffolk in a small village called Chuckatuck. I went to live by myself at the parsonage of my first American church after 12 years leading Latino Ministries in Virginia. 
Julie stayed in Northern Virginia to take care of my Mom who was still alive. Living by myself for the first time was a very difficult thing to do especially because there was no one around who could speak my language.
I was determined to make it work and the congregation had a great disposition and a loving heart. I didn't have a secretary, so I was required to prepare the services, create the bulletins, and preach every Sunday in English. The church didn't have a computer, so a good friend bought me a computer so I could do my work.
When that first Sunday came, I was very scared. I prayed to God "Help me love them, Lord, help me be a good Pastor for them". I began the service with my hands trembling, struggling to read the foreign words. I tried to lead the Pastoral prayer, but it was so hard to find the right words because all my prayers are always in Spanish.
Thankfully, the time for the sermon came and after I read the scripture, I knew I could do it. Preaching has always been natural for me, to interpret and share the word of God. I preached with all my heart and when I finished, they began to clap. "We got a preacher", someone said. From that day on I knew I would be loved.
With the help of that loving congregation, I was able to grow as a professional and be ready for my next appointment at Lower UMC. Here I have been able to use my gifts and improve my skills, but more than that, I have learned to trust in myself as a Pastor. I am truly grateful for all the blessings I have received in this church, especially the amazing people I have the privilege to serve.
Now I am on the verge of another transition, leaving behind a place I love and the people I consider my family, to lead another congregation. By now I know that God is already on the other side waiting for me and he will give me the courage to shine one more time!
Rev. Ileana Rosario

Saturday, MAY 15, 2021
Virginia Conference United Methodist Women
Spiritual Life Retreat - Peace Be With You
(via Zoom - register here)

Our Speaker:  Rev. Ileana Rosario
Pastor of Lower United Methodist Church
Time:  9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Women (already registered or not) are invited to join Pastor Ileana in the sanctuary of Lower UMC as she leads the online retreat and communion.

Please pray for:
Richard Bankert 
Jim O'Sullivan (Sully the barber)
Walter Palmer
Jimmy Pitts
James Whitaker 
Ellen Schiavone 
Wanda Lewter
Gail Keefe                  
Family of Jean Folkes
Family of Carolyn Major
Family of Kay Roster
Family of Bonnie Clark
Carolyn Shank
Rochelle Payne
Judy Lyn Bristow
Keith Morgan
Bernie Thomas
Drew Groves
Let's help JEANETTE ARMSTEAD celebrate her 100th birthday on May 25th!

Please send her a card or note at:

Jeanette Armstead
Riverside Convalescent Center, Rm 31-A
PO Box 370
Mathews, VA 23109
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