Welcome Pastor Todd Bergman
Todd Bergman began his appointment as
Pastor at Mooreland United Methodist Church on
June 10. He moved to Mooreland from Turpin and
has been in the ministry for 21 years.
Pastor Todd was born into an Air Force family
on Dec. 29, 1970, outside of San Bernardino, California. Growing up, he lived in the Philippines,
Wichita, and southeastern Oklahoma.
He graduated from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, with a degree in History with special focus on Russian and Soviet studies and a minor
in Sociology. He attended seminary at Asbury Theological in Wilmore, Kentucky.
He has served churches in Calvin, Stuart, Gerty,
Alva, Leedey, Camargo, Hammon, Claremore, Turpin, and Baker.
He resides in Mooreland with his wife, Lisa, 
and sons, Nick (19) and Andrew (16).
~ Pastoral Mistakes ~
I need to let you all in on something you probably haven’t guessed about me. I make mistakes.
I don’t try to hurt feelings on purpose. I don’t overlook things with the intention of leading to feelings of rejection. I don’t even let the occasional faux pas slip in sermons to offend hearers. But it happens. It has happened enough that I have a “policy” for trying to reconcile with someone.
Step one: Let me know.
I failed two classes in seminary. One of those was Reading the Minds of Your Congregation. When I fail to do the good I want to do, please let me know. NOTICE: I said “When” and not “If.” I will let you down. I will offend. I will hurt your feelings. It isn’t I believe I am a bad person. I say “When” because I am a human being. And I’m kind of dense at times to the needs of other people’s emotions. I have gotten better, but I’m not good at it.
When I do something to fail to meet the standard of good, I need to know so we can move forward. I propose one of three ways:
1. Talk to me – call me, send me a text or email, video chat. I have even heard of these things called letters that people used to write. Talk to me. I have failed people enough times that I am not surprised when I do it. And I believe the only, truly mature way to deal with it is to talk it out.
2. Bring someone with you if you are scared of me. I intimidate people. It isn’t just that I’m a loud, “shouty” preacher. I kinda look frightening. Small dogs and children don’t know what to do about me. But I am sensitive to failing to do good for another. If it seems scary to talk to me, bring a friend or two to bolster your courage.
3. Send someone in your name to make me aware. But be ready for me to contact you. This is NOT telling someone I have done something and trusting that they will pass along that “There is someone who….” Folks, Anonymous is not a member of the church. I can’t do anything about anonymous comments. They will die on the gossip vine they are passed along. I will hurt that someone is hurt by my action or inaction. There will be nothing I can do about it, though.
Step two: Work together.
I don’t think failure is a one sided problem. It takes two people to fix a wrong done. The six most powerful words in the English language and in any relationship are “Please forgive me” and “I forgive you.” Those words are powerful to break the pain of wrongs done and restore relationships.
Step three: Love one another.
Love is not the magic pill of “forgive and forget”. Love is the choice to act toward one another in ways that sometimes seem contrary to past and present. Love is the choice to do good even when we don’t feel good about doing it. There may still be hurt. There will be remembrances of the failure. But loving doesn’t count those against the person. Loving is the choice to lay that down and move forward.
The coming years won’t always be sunshine and roses and bbq ribs. But there are ways to work around the pitfalls of when I make a mistake.
Peace, Pastor Todd Bergman
Bring the whole family and join us for breakfast every Sunday morning, starting at 9:15am. No strings, no obligations. We would just love for you to come join us for breakfast. No kidding. WARNING! This may be the best breakfast you’ll have this week.
Approximately 100 people came out to show their appreciation to our local police officers and firefighters on Sunday, July 29. Members brought a variety of homemade ice cream and cakes for everyone to enjoy. We appreciate all our first responders and thank them for helping make our community a safe place to live.
Approximately 80 people attended the School Staff Appreciation Ice Cream Social on Thursday, August 16th. Members brought about a dozen different kinds flavors of homemade ice cream and cakes and other treats to show our appreciation to our local school staff for all the hard work they do.
The men performed a beautiful
patriotic ensemble during a recent worship service. 
Singing were (left to right) Devin Brown, Donnie Osborn, Henry Arrowood, Jim Walling, Larry Masoner, James Arney, Jay Kruckenberg, and Monte Hepner.
Several church members baked 155 mini pies and 50 large pies for the annual Mooreland 4th of July Celebration. Our missions team sold them during the festivities, and all proceeds went toward the Northwest Oklahoma Fire Relief Fund.
It’s such a blessing to see the youth wanting to be involved with worship. Here they are helping with the presentation of the tithes and offering.
The ladies have been making pillow cases for children who are in the hospital. They recently sent them to the Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital in Bethany. They are still making them and will have more that will be delivered to various children’s facilities in Oklahoma. If you would like to help with this project please call the church office at 580-994-5550.