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Rev. Nancy Allen

Pastor of Caring Ministries
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What I do: As the Pastor of Caring Ministries, most of my responsibilities involve building and maintaining relationships in and among the congregation.  Primarily, I’m focused on meeting and nurturing people wherever they are in their faith walks and life circumstances and extending the caring presence of Christ as we grow together in relationship.

What I love about what I do: I love getting to know people, hearing their stories and establishing relationships of mutual trust and caring.  The Church of Jesus Christ is the greatest place I know to begin those deep relationships.  Church folks need not establish a common interest for getting to know one another; we are gathered by a God who loves us and desires a relationship with us; it’s simply up to us to share that with one another and with those outside the walls of the church. I love it that we are given that gift of growing in God’s love, sharing that love, and acting upon it!

My dream for Saginaw UMC: I envision Saginaw UMC as the body of Christ in the community: a church that is known more for its presence in people’s lives outside the walls of the church than just a Sunday morning or mid-week gathering place.  I dream that Saginaw UMC will carry the presence of Christ to those outside our doors in tangible ways always extending a word and act of grace….and all of us will grow and be nurtured in the process.

Brag about my family: Jim Allen and I have been married for 44 years and we’ve both survived!  Jim has been unfailingly supportive in my various ministry adventures and is looking forward to this new one.  He is a retired physician and a great Sunday school teacher.  We have three grown children, six amazing grandchildren and we enjoy being together at our family lake house.

Favorite Scripture: Psalm 100 - Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing. Know that the Lord is God. It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name. For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures for ever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

I memorized it at age eight and it has remained with me all these years. The admonition to “serve the Lord with gladness” puts a smile on my face and a challenge on my heart.

Currently Listening to: anything classical, generally I gravitate to silence…

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