2018 august title photo

August 2018 Connection

2018 august title photo
Hello Grand Blanc United Methodist Church!
My name is Eric Carlson, and I am a seminary student at Chicago Theological Seminary. I am also a resident of Grand Blanc and live here in the Indian Hill Neighborhood. I am excited to spend the 2018-2019 school year with GBUMC as I participate in an internship under Dr. J’s direction.
I first heard my call to ministry as a teenager while traveling in a youth choir called Teens for Christ. I pursued a degree in youth ministry from Spring Arbor University and graduated in 2004. I have ministered as a youth pastor, Jr. High volunteer, and church planter from 2004-2015. I currently work as a hospice Chaplain for the Medical Team Hospice in Genesee and Northern Oakland County. I continue to follow God’s lead in my life as He continues to call me to share His love, forgiveness, and grace with His creation. The church holds a special place in my heart, and I continue to believe that the local church is one of the best ways God can express His love in this world. I am a product of the church, and believe that it is in community with one another that we can become more like Christ and continue to transform the world together.
One of my favorite Bible verses, which frames my life, is Ephesians 2:8-10 which says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” The word Paul uses here for ‘handiwork’ is the Greek word poema, meaning masterpiece or master workmanship. This verse holds the promise that we are a masterpiece created by God, with good works to participate in with Him. The thing about a masterpiece is that it takes time to create. It doesn’t happen over night. God has been working on your heart and mind, shaping you to be more Christ like. In this next year I believe that God wants to continue this work both for you and for us. We are all on a journey, individually and collectively, and for at least the next year we will be on that journey together. We are each being made into a better version of ourselves through our relationship with God and each other. We are being made more like Jesus so that we may participate with God in the transformation of this world, the mission of the United Methodist Church.
I would also like to introduce you to my family. My wife Sarah and I have been married coming up on 12 years in November. We have two very energetic boys, Drake, a 6 year old, who is entering 1st grade in the fall and Bennett, a 4 year old, who will be in Pre-K in the fall. A few fun things that I enjoy include, eating bacon, playing board games, watching movies, and talking philosophy. I look forward to getting to know you all and participating in the ministry of Grand Blanc United Methodist Church.
In Christ,
Eric Carlson
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