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Collaborative Leadership

May 21, 2015

In a single Sunday last week the Letts United Methodist Church nearly matched the number of new members they received during the entire previous year. “With the assistance of Rev. Mike Biklen,” Pastor Marsha Gerot reported, “we baptized four people (two children and two adults) and took five people into membership.” letts

The special celebration included music from the adult choir and bell choir plus the children’s bell choir. At least 109 people were in attendance, which is almost double their typical Sunday morning average.

Marsha Gerot is a Certified Lay Minister, serving the Letts United Methodist Church just southwest of Muscatine. Mike Biklen is a retired elder from Muscatine who was able to preside over the baptismal sacrament for the occasion. Their collaboration is an example of the ways our connectional relationships with United Methodist leaders and churches across the state help us to respond to the movement of God’s Spirit in our ministries.

The church has been working in recent years to keep making connections with the community, particularly children in poverty. Their mission statement professes that they are “people growing in Christ, sharing God’s love through spiritual growth and opening our hearts and doors to the community.”

May 17th was an important milestone in that journey. “Blessings came our way Sunday,” Marsha exclaimed. “What an exciting morning! Praise God!”

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