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ENews Sunday, January 20, 2019

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance SundayDear Friend,         In this season after the Epiphany, we continue to experience the ways Christ is revealed to the world, but also to us as followers of Christ. Where do we see the signs? What causes us to pause, and believe? Where do we hear God speaking out? What is […]

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Enews: Sunday, January 13, 2019

Baptism and beginnings: it’s both a wonderful and terrifying image. John the Baptizer was not a gentle man. He warned those gathering near him to bear fruit, to show inward transformation, before coming forward to be baptized. The purification by God is painful, because it strips away the parts of us that do not bear […]

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Enews: Sunday, January 6, 2019

FDear Friend,         We enter this new year on Epiphany, remembering how it was foreign visitors-outsiders-who saw that God was doing something new. Herod and all of Jerusalem were frightened. To them, this new king, this new understanding came out of nowhere. Even for the writer of Matthew’s gospel, the looking back to the Hebrew scriptures came […]

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Enews: Sunday, December 30th, 2018

One Worship Service at 10:00am in our SanctuaryDear Friend,         And so we jump from the manger to the Temple when Jesus is twelve years old. We’ll be going back to his childhood later, but in the meantime, we are faced with a Jesus who is very human – learning, debating, growing, looking rather like Samuel did […]

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Enews: Sunday, December 23, 2018

Dear Friend,          The last week of Advent returns us to the beginning of John’s story, as Mary, pregnant with Jesus, visits Elizabeth, and John leaps within his mother’s womb. Mary’s song is, of course, one of the highlights of the birth narratives, and carries a powerful justice-proclaiming message. In the waiting of Advent, it can be […]

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Enews: Sunday, December 16, 2018

Dear Friend,          The season of Advent reminds us of the time before Christ. John the Baptizer came to prepare the way for Christ, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The prophets also spoke of hope in their day for a people who had suffered, who had been led astray by religious leaders […]

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Enews: Sunday, December 9, 2018

First United Methodist Church ENews Sunday, December 9 Dear Friend, God is always working for restoration and justice in our lives and in our world. In order to open ourselves to this gracious work of God, we need to be aware of the messengers who proclaim God’s coming, we need to be willing to do […]

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Enews – Sunday, December 2, 2018

First United Methodist Church ENews Sunday, December 2 Dear Friend, On this first Sunday of Advent, traditionally we speak of Hope. We see hope in the words and promises of the prophets. We see hope in the prayers of the apostles to build up and encourage one another. We see hope in the songs and […]

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Enews: Sunday, November 25, 2018

First United Methodist Church ENews Sunday, November 25 Dear Friend: On this Reign of Christ Sunday, we remember that Christ’s kingdom is not of this world-and yet, we know from the vision at the end of Revelation, that one day there will be a new heaven and earth, where the dividing line between heaven and […]

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Enews: Sunday, November 18, 2018

First United Methodist Church ENews Sunday, November 18 Dear Friend, Jesus declares that his kingdom is not of this world, and yet we pray for the kingdom to come. We celebrate God’s abundance that God has provided for all people, and yet we know that there are people who starve to death in this world. […]

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