Oakdale United Methodist Church
Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Praise God, Love Others, Grow Spiritually, and Share Jesus!

From the Pastor

From the Pastor


Dear Oakdale family,

Lent is upon us! During this precious church season, I encourage you to set aside a few moments each day to contemplate the fact that you are God’s beloved. Lent is also a season when we remember that we came from dust and to dust we shall return. While our lives are temporary, life in divine love is eternal. As we age and as the church ages, God still calls us to live into our full potential, to be amazing! For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

David Abbott, Director of the United Methodist Foundation of New England recently wrote the following article that I commend to you.

Strategic Plan. At our February Church Council meeting, we continued to talk about the Strategic Plan that will guide us for the next five years enabling Oakdale UMC and each of its members to flourish. This time, we examined our core values. Core values are the fundamental beliefs and highest priorities that drive our behavior and decisions, our ministry and plans. We identified Oakdale UMC’s core values as:



Welcoming, Loving Hospitality

Openness – Accepting

Reaching out to people to share Christ


We are a church. We spread the love of Jesus. We firmly believe in the power of prayer.

At March’s Council meeting we will work together to assess our capacity to do existing and proposed ministries by discerning our own and each others’ gifts and resources. In April we will assemble a five-year schedule with benchmarks and goals to measure our progress and growth. Committee chairs are asked to begin working with their committees to develop goals for their ministry areas.

Here for you. I encourage you to touch base directly with me or any of our leaders whenever you have questions or concerns. I hold office hours at the church each Monday and Tuesday from 9:00 to 1:00 pm or would be happy to visit you in your home at your invitation. My personal cell phone number is available in your church directory, as well as on business cards that can be found at either entrance to the sanctuary. You are welcome to text or call me any time for pastoral care but my preferred method of communication for administrative matters is by email at this link.

In Christ’s Love,

Pastor Cheryl