2010 has brought both celebrations and challenges for the GLIDE community. In March of 2010, GLIDE opened the doors of its 3rd permanent supportive housing development at 149 Mason Street. Later that month, after the hard fought passage of the Healthcare reform bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke to a packed GLIDE Sunday Celebration and recognized GLIDE Health Services (GHS) as a model for national healthcare. In Sepember of 2010, Rita Shimmin and Kristen Growney Yamamoto were appointed Co-Executive Directors of GLIDE.
Based on this “Great Commission, ” our United Methodist Church has stated its purpose: “The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Local churches provide the most significant arena through which disciple-making occurs” (From The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church—2008, p. 87. Copyright © 2008 by The United Methodist Publishing House.
Used by permission).So the mission of our congregation is to make disciples. This is a four-fold task….We could abbreviate our mission as one of welcoming-worshiping-nurturing-sending. (See The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church—2008, p.
88, and Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation, 2005-2008.