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Welcome to First United Methodist Church. Our hearts, our minds, and our doors are always open. We are committed to providing a place where people can be nurtured in the faith, grow as disciples, and offer themselves in ministry to others in the name of Jesus Christ.

We invite you to see our Sunday schedule and upcoming events listed on the calendar page. We want to be your church!

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SUNDAY BULLETIN (8/20/2017)

Pastor’s Ponderings

I was told. I have to admit, I was told. I knew it would be big, but I’m still in shock at how many people staffed, donated, came, and purchased today at the UMW Rummage Sale. Well done, United Methodist Women! (And all I heard today was, if you think this is big, just wait until the Bazaar!)

The Rummage Sale kicked off a whirlwind of activities for August. Wednesday., Aug. 9, the children and youth and their families are invited to Kingsdale pool for an end of summer pool party. We’re providing food, so please let the office know if you plan to attend. (See Angie or Austin for more info!)

Saturday, Aug. 12, is our Hot Dog and Watermelon Bash! This is a community-wide back-to-school event at Tanyard Creek Pavilion. If you are planning to attend, please volunteer for a shift. Sign up sheets are in the Narthex and Becker Hall tomorrow, or call the office through the week. We also are still collecting school supplies to distribute on Saturday.

Then, on Sunday, Aug. 13, all children and education staff are invited to bring school/work bag to worship for a special blessing.

Midweek Manna will begin Wednesday, Aug. 23! We have something for everyone planned. Please see your August newsletter for more information and check out the display tables that will be up on Aug. 13.

And Coffee Chats are winding down. If you would like to attend a chat and have not been contacted yet, or were not given a make up date yet, please contact the office during the week to find a time that works for you! I am loving these hours with you as I learn more about our church and each other!

Whew! I love this time of year when we tend to all settle into a school year routine. I hope you’ll still make time for worship between the increase of activities. After all, we need the time in worship to fill our spiritual cups so we can go our and serve our neighbors. Join me tomorrow for Holy Communion at all services!

Blessings!
Rev. Jeanne

 

Prayer

Friday, January 1, 2016

A New Year’s Prayer for Spiritual Revival
Bishop Gary Mueller

Lord,
It’s a new year. A fresh beginning. A chance to start again.
Of course, we say the same thing almost every year and we too quickly seem to end up right back where we were almost every year. Which is why we need to start getting honest. Even if it means we see the truth about ourselves. Like the fact that we’re too busy making life about us and not about You.
And even if it means we see the truth about our church. Like the gut-wrenching reality that we grow smaller and older, struggle to reach the young, and fail to see lives, communities and the world transformed by the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We are sorry, Lord. Truly sorry, Lord. Eternally sorry, Lord.
Speak the truth to us until we understand we are in a spiritual crisis because we don’t allow Jesus to be our Savior and Lord – as individuals or the church.
Help us get serious about spiritual revival rooted in Jesus’ unconditional, transformational and invitational love. Help us pray for it. Help us look for it. Help us celebrate it. And, most of all, help us be consumed by it.
Empower us to keep seeking Your way when we are tempted to shy away because spiritual revival has too many negative connotations for too many people, when we try to engineer it instead of receiving it as a gift from the Holy Spirit, and are lured into using it as a way of saving our churches instead of becoming Your church.
Come, Holy Spirit, come. Send the fire of spiritual revival. Bring us together as the living Body of Christ in a world that is so deeply broken. Grow us into a movement that welcomes all who long to be Christ-followers. Enable us to make disciples of Jesus Christ, who make disciples equipped to transform lives, communities and the world.
We pray this boldly in the name of Jesus, our Savior, Lord, Brother and Friend. Amen

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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Come, Holy Spirit. I yield my life to you in this moment that I might breathe in your saving love and exhale grace into the world. Today let my life be a testimony to the love that I have received through Christ, so revival might be sparked by my words and deeds. Lead me to the places and people You want to bless, I am ready to be your witness in the world. Come Holy Spirit, so I will be able to go in your name. Amen.

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Gracious God, forgive me when I substitute church busyness for spending time with you and you alone.
Forgive me when it is my insecurities about achievement that drive me to do ministry instead of a genuine desire to serve you and your people. Forgive me when I seek the approval of others instead of allowing your perfect love to drive out all my fears of faithfully following you.
Through all the self-improvements of diet and exercise and time management which I have attempted multiple times, I realize that what I really need is not more self – I’ve got plenty of that – I need You. Please help me to ignore the distractions of life and competing with others so that I can enjoy your presence in my life and let that be more than enough for my life of faith in You.
Guide me to do what I need to do and be what I need to be in order to allow your Spirit to permeate my life. For the sake of Christ, I pray. Amen.

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