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Retirement Note

Dear Friends,

It’s hard to believe that only six years ago I was first appointed to be your pastor.  It is even harder to believe that 42 years ago I was appointed to my first church.  Time really does fly!

I want to thank you for your love and support over these last years of my official ministry.  I say “official” because I expect that God is not finished with me quite yet.  I’m certain that over the next year or so, God will make God’s plan known to me; I have only to wait and listen.

In the meantime, please know that you will continue to be in my prayers.  I will also be praying for your new pastors, John and Doug.  I know you are excited to get to know them, and I know that they are looking forward expectantly to begin their ministry with you.

As many of you know, we’re settling down here in the Greenwood area, so you’ll no doubt see us around occasionally.  And if you play any golf out at Vache Grasse, I’m sure you’ll see me.  Thank you for the gift of the year membership; I’ll make good use of it.  And thank you especially for the kind   words, good wishes, cards and other gifts. They are wonderful reminders of the good friends we’ve made here.

May God bless and keep you, may God make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you, may God lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

Craig Russell



Coming soon to GUMC…

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JULY 11-14, 2016

6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Join us for this year’s VBS!

Pre-registration form can be found HERE.

(Click the image above to see  how awesome Cave Quest is going to be!)

Arms Around Greenwood

There are many adjectives that could be used to describe our very first “Arms Around Greenwood” on April 17, 2016, but none of them would be enough.  Glorious, happy, thankful, beautiful,  giving, sharing, loving, spiritual, great, marvelous. None describe it better than just saying it was “God’s Day.” I want to thank our congregation for embracing this new  experience for our Church.

We had over 200 people join us for breakfast and worship and about 175 going out into the Greenwood community and helping others. Check out the AAG photos on the GUMC Facebook page!

My team leaders were the best: Tim Golden, Krystal Green, Ken Fritsche, Bill and Evelyn Lewelling, McKenzie Turner, Dana  Higgins, Kay Sewell, Rebecca Sewell, Sharon Kenny, Jaclynn  Werner, Jeremy and Jaime Napier, Don and Joan Oliver, and Gail Gilmore. Thanks to Mary Webb for getting all the cookies  together for distribution. Thanks  to Jan Dunn for going to all the service areas and  taking pictures.  Laura Witherington and Becky Kittell did a great job with our publicity.  Also, a big thank you to Melanie Woody for ordering and distributing the t-shirts. A huge thank you to Robin and Mike Cohea for furnishing and preparing the breakfast. Thank you to Waylen Bailey for the lovely floral arrangements for the school cafeteria workers.  Pastor Craig and the office staff were so supportive, thank you. Thank you to  EVERYONE  of you who helped make Arms Around Greenwood a success!

I hope this will be an annual project for Greenwood United   Methodist Church and the Greenwood community.  I’ll close with Galatians 5 verses 13-14, “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Thank you again for a great day! ~ Sharon Griffin, Host Team Leader


The GUMC family would like to, in turn, thank Sharon Griffin for her diligence, dedication and countless hours of preparation for AAG.  Bless you for helping pull it all together!

You can view our Arms Around Greenwood photos in the slideshow below,  or  on our GUMC Facebook page.

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