Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church
Wednesday, October 17, 2018



     Shmita--The Sabbatical year, the 7th year in every cycle in the Hebrew tradition. Do you know what the word Shmita means? I didn’t, at least not until I was invited to join a group of Minnesota UMC clergy in a new year-long Shmita group offered by our conference.
     The Shmita, or Sabbath year, is a Biblical tradition and it’s referenced many times throughout many books in the Old Testament. In an agricultural cycle, it was the instruction for the land to rest every 7 years and for nothing to be planted. Additionally, any crops that grew of their own accord on the land in that year could be picked by anyone--rather than being the property of the land owner. And this concept did not apply to the farming community only. Every 7th year all debts were forgiven, and people were encouraged to rest and seek spiritual renewal.
     For Minnesota clergy, the Shmita means taking a year for personal reflection, growth, and renewal. It has included training, participating in a small group, reading several books, and self-reflection. This month the Shmita includes a 10-day Sabbatical before concluding the Shmita year in September. During this time, one of the books our small group read was The One-Life Solution: Reclaim Your Personal Life While Achieving Greater Professional Success by Dr. Henry Cloud. I recommend this book to you. One of the key ideas the book addresses is: what are you really here for? What is your unique passion and calling?
     This summer I encourage you to create your own Shmita. Take time to pursue rest, relaxation, and the pursuit of your spiritual passion and well-being. I invite you to take time to consider once again your unique gifts and calling in this world and to address the question, as the poet Mary Oliver once asked, “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
Be God’s,
Pastor Brenda

Joining Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church

We welcome your interest in membership, but please don’t feel you must be a member to participate fully at DLUMC. We welcome your involvement even more! You are invited to seek out programs or people that interest you and become actively involved even before you become a member.

Periodically a series of new member orientation sessions are held on Sunday mornings. Discussions center around the structure and work of the church and how you may participate in the life of the church family. Food is often involved as well!!  New member candidates are paired with sponsors from the congregation who attend the session with them and serve to help them get ever more acquainted with the people and opportunities at DLUMC.

For more information about membership, please contact the church office—phone 847-4818 or use the Contact Us link on the website to send email.

8:15am Sunday: Holy Grounds
with Kids Corner
10:00am Sunday:
Heritage Worship
& Adventure Kids
Visitors Welcome!
Nursery Available
Coffee Anytime!
Small Groups
for all ages