Focus on Faith: Rev. Timothy Dibble, Pastor at West Branch First United Methodist Church

“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”— attributed to John Wesley

While serving at Ypsilanti First United Methodist Church several years ago, I was contacted by a resident from Chelsea Retirement Community asking if I would come and provide a Christmas Program. I agreed and my wife, Fiona, and I put together a musical program for the event. It struck me that I had received this request from not a staff member, but a resident. When we arrived for the program, we got a bit of a tour, met a number of residents, and were privileged to hear stories about the many residents who have had and continue to have such an impact in the lives of their neighbors.

The lasting impression that I came away with inspired me by showing how our UMRC ministries embody the strong social ethos on which Methodism was founded. Wherever we live…whatever our ages…we can be good neighbors…faithful disciples…and loving friends!