Greetings in the name of Jesus the Christ! My name is Rev. Josh Newberry, and I am the pastor here at Centertown United Methodist Church. I am also the pastor of our sister church, New Short Mountain United Methodist Church, which is just across the county line in Cannon County on Short Mountain Road. I have been a pastor in the United Methodist Church since 2009, and I was appointed here in August 2020.
I am so glad that I have the privilege of serving the Lord, the church, and this community alongside some of the most amazing people. The community of faith here is welcoming, loving, and committed to the mission of becoming and making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. It is exciting to see what the Lord is doing through the people of Centertown United Methodist Church!
We are indeed living in a season of our communal lives, however, that none of us have ever experienced before. That said, our hope and our peace is in, through, and from Jesus Christ alone. While our trust and hope is in Jesus, we also acknowledge that God gifted us with wisdom to be able to accomplish the calling of God while remaining vigilant and operating in such a way that cares for and protects all of God’s children from illness, especially the COVID-19 virus. We are practicing social distancing, wearing masks, checking temperatures, and disinfecting all of our worship spaces between gatherings as an expression of our care and concern for one another. It is my hope that everyone will feel safe and welcome to come worship the Lord together and experience the grace, mercy, and love of Jesus the Christ in this place!
If I can be helpful in any way, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. In the words of the author of the book of Numbers 6:24-26 (NIV), “The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.” May it be so with you this day and every day of your life!
Grace & Peace,
Rev. Josh Newberry
Centertown United Methodist Church &
New Short Mountain United Methodist Church