From Our Pastor

Pastor Tim Funk

Pastor Tim Funk is a second-generation minister. His father, Amos M. Funk served United Brethren, Evangelical United Brethren and United Methodist Churches for over 60 years. Born and raised in the Chambersburg area Tim accepted Christ at a revival service at his home church, St. John’s UM Church, when he was 10 years old. At 13 years of age he received the call to the pastoral ministry but only became serious about the matter in his early twenties. It was then that he decided to attended Messiah College and Wesley Theological Seminary to prepare for the future God laid out for him. Tim met his wife, Sharon in his last year of college and they married in June of 1984. As a team the two have served 4 other parishes before coming to St. Paul’s in Red Lion. From 1985 – 1988, while in seminary, Tim was assistant pastor at Potomac UM Church, Potomac, MD. From 1988 – 1994 he served The Catawissa Circuit, a three point charge, consisting of Bethel, Fisherdale and St. Paul’s U.M. Churches. It was during this pastorate that their two incredible children, Rebekkah and Jesse were born. His next appointment from 1994-1998 was only 4 miles from Red Lion at Bethany UM Church in Felton. Tim’s longest pastorate was with the people of Waggoners UMC in Carlisle from 1998 – 2014. When he is not ministering, Tim enjoys all kinds of sports, fishing, auto racing and walking the Gettysburg Battlefield.

A Message From Pastor Tim

Dear Family and Friends,

 

During our Community Meal ministry those present are encouraged to leave prayer requests in a special box on one of the serving tables.  One request given at the last meal by an anonymous attendee was worded this way, “Please pray my Christmas and New Year go well because this past year has been awful.”  Many of us can relate to that.  Each of us has had years that hit us with so many awful situations we feared what the next year would bring.  If that is how you feel right now, let me share a rather familiar story.

On New Year’s Day, 1929, Georgia Tech played UCLA in the Rose Bowl. In that game a young man named Roy Riegels recovered a fumble for UCLA. Picking up the loose ball, he lost his sense of direction and ran sixty-five yards toward the wrong goal line. One of his teammates ran him down and tackled him just before he scored for the opposing team.

The strange play came in the first half. At half-time the UCLA players filed off the field and into the dressing room. As others sat down on the benches and the floor, Riegels put a blanket around his shoulders, sat down in a corner, and put his face in his hands.

A football coach usually has a great deal to say to his team during halftime. That day Coach Price was quiet. When the timekeeper came in and announced that there were three minutes before playing time, Coach Price looked at the team and said, “Men, the same team that played the first half will start the second.” The players got up and started out, all but Riegels. He didn’t budge. The coach looked back and called to him. Riegels didn’t move. Coach Price went over to where Riegels sat and said, “Roy, didn’t you hear me? The same team that played the first half will start the second.”

Roy Riegels looked up, his cheeks wet with tears. “Coach,” he said, “I can’t do it. I’ve ruined you. I’ve ruined the university’s reputation. I’ve ruined myself. I can’t face that crowd out there.” Coach Price reached out, put his hand on Riegels’s shoulder, and said, “Roy, get up and go on back. The game is only half over.”  Riegels did get up. He went out and the fans saw him play hard and play well.

Last year may have been awful for you.  But remember, because of God’s mercy, the game is not over, yet.  A new start is possible.  In Lamentations we read, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

Hold onto to God’s faithfulness in 2018.  It is indeed great!

In Christ’s Love,

Pastor Tim