Pastor's Blog

Hello! I am R.P. Lawson and Welcome to my blog! I pray that in these articles, you will experience the love and peace and joy that comes from following Jesus! I would love connect with you. Feel free to email me at

From the Pastor: Cards for Cops a Great Success – November 2017

Cards for Cops – Great Success! A big thanks to all those within the church and community who donated 90 gift cards, totalling a value of $2,250, to the local police departments of Lake Dallas, Hickory Creek, and Corinth. A special ceremony was observed on Sunday, November 19, 2017, at Lake Cities UMC during the morning worship hour. Service members from all three local police departments were present to receive the cards. Participants from the church and community stood in appreciation ... Read More »

From the Pastor: Responding to an Active Shooter Situation – November 2017

From the Pastor, Another mass shooting. Another tragic loss of several lives. When is something going to be done? When is someone going to take at least a first step? Or, do we just “shake our heads” and conclude “such is life”? What would Christ do? Some people have expressed concern about an active shooter within church, should one arise. What would be a proper response to an active shooter situation? While most responses to a shooter are common sense reactions, there are ... Read More »

From the Pastor: October 12, 2017

Is There an Answer to Today’s Violence? From the Pastor, This article is in response to the tragic event which recently took place in Las Vegas. It is not intended to be political commentary, but rather a writing to challenge all of us as a church family to be in response to the events of the day. Too often the church remains silent when it comes to social justice issues out of fear of offending its parishioners. Yet there are times when ... Read More »

From the Pastor: August 23, 2017

Processional Cross Now a Part of the Church Service Have you noticed a new addition to the church service? Following the tradition of the church’s Anglican roots, many United Methodist congregations have brought back the practice of utilizing a processional cross upon entering and exiting the sanctuary for the worship hour. The cross represents the presence of Christ, much like the candles represent the light of Christ. The person who carries the cross is referred to as the crucifer (cross-bearer). The crucifer ... Read More »

From the Pastor: August 15, 2017

The analogy that “war is hell” is completely true. Hell is a severance from God’s presence and purpose. War, therefore, means that this type of activity is completely opposite of what God would want of God’s children. Read More »

From the Pastor: August 3, 2017

Divisiveness and Hatred Have No Place in God’s World Never have I heard so much about politics as I have heard recently. Indeed we live in a nation that is currently battling a “civil war” with each other. Families and neighbors are finding themselves divided over a variety of issues. A state of frustration is building within our nation at the expense of peace, acceptance, respect, and harmony. Frankly, it is a scary time in the life of our nation. Should ... Read More »

From the Pastor’s Desk: May 24, 2017

There is an interesting series being shown on a local news program regarding the subject of fake news. According to an informal test that the station conducted, even those mature enough to normally distinguish fake new from fact-based information were fooled 25% of the time. Read More »

Bishop McKee: April 29, 2017: In Response to Judicial Council Decision re: Bishop Oliveto

April 29, 2017 On Friday evening, the Judicial Council issued its decision on the election, consecration, and assignment of Karen Oliveto as a Bishop of The United Methodist Church. Bishop Bruce Ough, President of the Council of Bishops, has released a statement regarding this decision and the continuing work of the Council of Bishops and the Commission on a Way Forward. You can read the statement here: President of the Council of Bishops Statement regarding Judicial Council Decision. The Council ... Read More »

Now It’s Our Turn: April 27, 2017

The United Methodist Church has been debating the issue of homosexuality and gay marriage for decades. One side of the church believes that homosexuality is “incompatible with Christian teachings” (as noted in the Book of Discipline) and that gay marriage is forbidden, while the other side takes the opposing position. As can be imagined, arguments are passionate on both sides of the aisle. Every four years, at General Conference, the larger church takes a vote on changing the language ... Read More »

2017 Easter Message from Bishop McKee

April 11, 2017 On Palm Sunday, many of us awakened to the news that Coptic Christians were killed at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria, Egypt, and at St. George’s Church in Tanta, which is in the Nile Delta. Pope Tawadros II was leading Palm Sunday services in St. Mark’s Cathedral when the attacks occurred. At least 45 people were killed. These acts of violence at the beginning of Holy Week remind Christians that too many people continue to favor violence and death ... Read More »

1 John 4:16

So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.