Showing posts from June, 2011

Blessed be the (Renewed) Ties That Bind!

Greetings to our new church family!  Or is it our old church family?  Since the news of our appointment change came down May 11 it's been difficult to keep everything together mentally, physically, and in every other way!  We are so grateful to the Oak Lawn church family for the gracious welcome we have received.  I have enjoyed reuniting with long-term staff members, as well as getting to know those who came on board after we left Oak Lawn eight years ago.  We are very excited to be a part of this community once again and look forward to many years of ministry together.

For those of you who were not around between 1998-2003, here are some  "getting to know you" items about the Drenner family:

* Christy and I have been married fourteen years.  We met at the United Methodist student ministry at SMU.  James (9) was baptized here at Oak Lawn.  Miles (6) and Linus (3) came later.  The biggest boys will attend Brentfield Elementary (Richardson ISD- 4th and 1st grades); Linus …

A Farewell Gift from a Parishioner at Prosper UMC

Heavenly Father, we thank you today for your work in creation and the abundant blessings that we have as Your children. We thank you for the glorious gospel; the gift of your Son Jesus Christ as the one mediator between God and man. Thank you for the church, the company of the redeemed, and for the local church where believers gather to express their faith and obedience such as we do here at Prosper United Methodist Church. Thank you for the gift of Pastor Drenner, which your Word says you gave to your church "to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ" (Ephesians 4:12, 13). Thank you for Pastor Drenner and his faithfulness to your cause, for the Bible says, "it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful" (1 Corinthians 4:2). Thank you for his…

Thanks and Vacation Plans!

Last Sunday was a wonderful day for our family!  We are so thankful for the many ways PUMC folk have expressed their gratitude to us for our ministry here.  We have enjoyed many meals, the iPad we were given Sunday has been a major joy-- no I have not shared it yet with the boys, and they have been surprisingly patient-- and the love offering was very generous.  All of us feel overwhelmed by your appreciation.  Thank you! 
Last week at the service of ordination for the North Texas Conference, Rev. Morris Matthis, who was once a mentor pastor to me, mentioned a conversation he had once with the bishop who ordained him.  They were words Morris never forgot: "Every church you serve will be better than you deserve."  He challenged the ordinands, and other pastors in attendance, to remember that throughout their ministry.  Prosper, and Oak Lawn, for that matter, are certainly better churches than I deserve!  What a privilege and gift to serve in ministry!  
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Time to Reboot!

I am a movie fan-- no surprise there.  I am always fascinated at just how unoriginal Hollywood can be sometimes.  Several summers ago there were two movies about giant asteroids coming to destroy the earth.  This summer it's all about super hero movies: Thor.  Green Lantern.  Captain America.  X-Men.  One trend that continues is the "reboot" of franchise: meaning taking a formula that has worked well before and restart from an earlier point.  The Batman franchise rebooted itself in 2005 with Batman Begins, which was excellent, then spurred off 2008's epic sequel, one of the best all time, The Dark Knight.  I am already excited for next summer's The Dark Knight Returns.

Other recent reboots have been three Star Wars movies (1999, 2002, 2005); 2009's great Star Trek; and even new Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street movies.  (I don't recommend those.)  Last week a good movie buff friend and I went to see X-Men: First Class, a reboot.  It was…

Ten Years And Counting!

This week I received a letter from our Bishop's office congratulating me on the 10th anniversary of my ordination.  Wow.  In the hustle and bustle of moving and everything else, it slipped my mind earlier this week.  Ten years ago Christy and I had no kids and lived in an apartment in a hip, young couples type of area.  Ten years ago life was very different.  And ten years from now will be different from today.  And I am OK with that.

I've never been one to mourn the past.  As I heard someone say recently, "Your past is the only thing in your life you cannot change."  Yet so many of us choose to live there.  As Billy Joel once sang, "The good ol' days weren't always good, and tomorrow ain't as bad as it seems."  What is it in your life today that needs reconciling?  What can you decide today to leave in the past where it belongs and embrace the future God has for you?

Two weeks ago the media, Facebook, Twitter, everywhere people go…

Thank You to the PUMC Family

So... how was your month?  Any life changing news come to your household?  Christy and I have been buzzing since May 11, but things are finally falling in to place.  House-- check: North Dallas area.  School-- check: Bowie Elementary (Richardson ISD). Movers-- check.  Moving date-- sort of check.  Pastor Chris is going through the same sort of checklist, although having a parsonage to move in to makes things somewhat easier.  I was thrilled to hear the news that Chris was coming to Prosper-- he's a very good friend.  In fact he and I were at a Rangers game in late April talking about moves and feeling sort of comfortable since we had not been called.  And so the world turns!  He will be great for the church. Appointment changes are effective July 1, meaning I will be the PUMC pastor until June 30, even though our last Sunday in worship here will be June 12.  We were already planning a family vacation to California in June, and I am grateful to  Samantha Parson, who ha…