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1st sunday of advent

Enews: Sunday, November 29, 2020

Dear Friend,   Advent is the season of preparation for Christmas, but it is an active watching and waiting for the arrival of Christ in our world and in our lives in a new way. We read these passages pointing to the day of judgment and Christ’s return to remind us that we are still […]

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Enews 11.22

Enews: Sunday, November 22, 2020

———- Forwarded message ——— From: First United Methodist Church <jennifer@firstumclombard.org> Date: Thu, Nov 19, 2020, 11:19 AM Subject: ENews 11.22 To: <mediarelations@firstumclombard.org>   Dear Friend,   Reign of Christ Sunday/Thanksgiving Sunday God’s love endures forever. On this Reign of Christ Sunday, we remember God’s intention for us was to love one another as God loved us. We were […]

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Enews 11.15

Enews: Sunday, November 15, 2020

Dear Friend,   God doesn’t give up. Even when we make promises and vows to God and fail to live up to them, God sends others to call us back to God’s ways. When we think we are not good enough, God calls us by name. When we set our own stumbling blocks in front […]

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enews 11.8

Enews: Sunday, November 8, 2020

Dear Friend,   There is a strong connection between hope, wisdom and connection. Without hope, we struggle to stay the course, and we make foolish, impulsive mistakes. With hope, we discover stamina and perseverance we didn’t know we had, and we are able to slow ourselves down and move beyond our fear to the choices […]

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all saints day

Enews: Sunday, November 1, 2020

Dear Friend,   On this All Saints Sunday, we pause and remember our loved ones who have gone before us. We remember those who faithfully lived in God’s ways. We look to them, to our ancestors, for guidance. We are reminded of the faithfulness of our ancestors, who crossed the Red Sea and the Jordan, […]

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God_s promises

Enews: Sunday, October 25, 2020

Dear Friend,   God made a promise to Abraham and Sarah and continued to fulfill it   through the children of Jacob. God continued to fulfill the promise through Moses, leading the people to the land they had dreamed of, and then anointing Joshua to carry on after Moses’ death. God continued to fulfill the promise […]

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enews 2.16

Enews: Sunday, October 18, 2020

Dear Friend,         UMW -Thank Offering Sunday & Laity Sunday Hope can be in short supply when you are wandering in the desert not knowing if or when you will arrive at your destination; when you are a woman shunned by your community; when your community is not listening to God’s voice. But hope takes many forms-water […]

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Enews, Sunday, October 11, 2020

Enews, Sunday, October 11, 2020

Dear Friend, 19th Sunday after Pentecost We are partners in ministry and creation with God. Whether Moses is pleading for the lives of the Hebrew people, or Paul is pleading with the Philippians to turn to God and to one another for fullness of ministry and joy, today’s scriptures illustrate the power of partnering with God. […]

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10-6

Enews: Sunday, October 4, 2020

Dear Friend, 18th Sunday after Pentecost In Exodus, Moses presents the Hebrew people with the ten commandments, and they respond in fear. Even Paul, who walked blamelessly under the law, persecuted the church until he recognized who he was actually persecuting. In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus tells a parable about slaves killing the master’s son, as a […]

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enews 9.27

Enews: Sunday, September 27, 2020

Dear Friend: 17th Sunday after Pentecost Far too often, our human instinct is one of self-preservation. Our intentions work toward our survival at the cost of others. But God intends something different. The leaders in Jesus’ day intended to keep order the way they knew best, considering tax collectors and sex worker’s sinners and outcasts. […]

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