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Enews: Sunday, March 10, 2019

First United Methodist Church ENews Sunday, March 10 Spring Forward!!!! Time Change!!!! Dear Friend, We begin Lent with the familiar story of Jesus facing temptation in the wilderness. While we may perceive this experience of Jesus in spiritual terms, being tempted to perform a magic trick, whisked away to see the kingdoms of the world, […]

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Enews: Sunday, March 3, 2019

First United Methodist Church ENews Sunday, March 3 Dear Friend, The Transfiguration is a strange story we read each year the Sunday before Lent begins. It marks the end of the season after the Epiphany, the season of revealing Christ to the world. Jesus is revealed in full glory to his disciples on the mountain, […]

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Enews: Sunday, February 24, 2019

First United Methodist Church ENews Sunday, February 24 Dear Friend, Some of the teachings of Jesus are quite hard to hear, especially for those who are victims of abuse and other forms of violence. Jesus teaches us to not physically resist an evildoer, but only in the sense that we not become violent and abusive […]

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Enews: Sunday, February 17, 2018

First United Methodist Church ENews Sunday, February 17 Dear Friend, How we choose to live has consequences. We have been given, in the Scriptures and in Christ’s example, a picture of the kind of life that brings about greater wholeness and joy for those who live it. But, we have also been given a picture […]

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Enews: Sunday, February 10, 2019

Dear Friend:To follow the call of God is not an easy one, but the wise perceive and understand God’s ways. God leads us away from the ways of the world that secure wealth and power. Instead, we are led into a deeper way of loving one another. We are taught a better way of life, […]

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Enews: Sunday, February 3, 2019

Dear Friend:Speaking truth to power is dangerous, but necessary. In our current time, it seems that so many powers are at work to silence others. When marginalized voices begin to speak up, and a chorus begins to grow-often the ones who are oppressed become seen as the problem that must be squelched, rather than the […]

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Enews: Sunday, January 27, 2019

  Jesus comes in the line of the prophets before him, proclaiming something new out of a very old tradition. Sometimes, we see Jesus as breaking from tradition, but throughout the history of the Bible, the prophets and priests were having to proclaim something new out of the old. The priest Ezra preached in the square […]

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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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