If you want to know Jennifer Moxley, you need to get to know Walter. He’s clearly the love of her life, even if she laughs every time he runs head-first into a wall at full speed.
Walter is Moxley’s white and gray floppy-eared rabbit. She has posted more than 140 pictures of him on Facebook, usually accompanied by a pun.
It makes sense that Moxley, associate pastor at First UMC in Sikeston, is appointed where she is, because it’s known at the fun church – www.thefunchurch.org. When she had a chance to speak to her fellow pastors and church leaders at Converge, she led with Walter, then went to the Bible with Psalm 37: 4
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Moxley said she has come to learn to focus not on the second part of the verse but the first.
“Maybe this is not about getting desires but in about finding delight in the Lord,” she said. She told of Dorothy Day, and her incredible ministry she started as a founder of The Catholic Worker movement. Day came to faith as an adult, and tells her story in the book The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day.
Rev. Mark Sheets of Good Shepherd UMC followed Moxley and stayed with the delight theme. He said one set of words in church leadership that drives him nuts is: I have to. “It should be: I get to,” he said. “Not I have to go to the hospital, write a sermon, teach a bible study. We get to do those things.”
Sheets said he gets to teach the fifth week of a Financial Peace University class. The nine couples in the class collectively had $539,000 in debt on 96 credit cards. The previous week they had cut up 17 credit cards in class. One family had 27.
“I’ve never had more fun talking about something more scary than personal finance,” Sheets said. “My goal is that when people meet us, it is generally a good time. It is my prayer that when people talk about our denomination, fun is an adjective that they use someday.”
He closed with the prayer: “All mighty God, help us remember that having fun and having faith doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive.”
Rev. Charity Goodwin, associate pastor at Missouri UMC, followed Sheets, and started by asking three questions: