Archive for February, 2016

From the Pastor’s Desk – March 2016

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Easter comes in March this year (just barely), so it feels really early. Easter is known as a move-able feast, which means the date on which we celebrate Easter changes each year, although we always celebrate Easter on a Sunday, of course. As I mentioned, this year Easter comes fairly early (March 27th), but the […]

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REACHOUT – March 2016

Monday, February 29th, 2016

  Last month it was reported that the REACH Committee was forming a prayer group which will meet weekly at the church to pray specifically for this church and for any special needs its members may have. This group has met twice, and while small, has actively prayed for various concerns of those in attendance. […]

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Lay Leader Lines – March 2016

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Q: I have friends who give things up for Lent, like eating chocolate, or some favorite activity, Why do      Methodists do that? People give up things they like for Lent as a symbolic sacrifice in remembrance of the sacrifice made for us when Jesus gave up His life for us by dying on the cross […]

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A View From the Belfry – March 2016

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Greetings from Benny, everybody’s favorite belfry bat! Well, OK, I don’t really know for sure that                 I am the favorite belfry bat, since I haven’t taken a survey, but since I am the only one in our non-existent belfry , I guess I’m assuming that with no competition, I might be the favorite bat in […]

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From the Pastor’s Desk February 2016

Monday, February 1st, 2016

  I passed a billboard that reads, “Without sports, who would you follow?” As a pastor you can Iimagine my immediate response, “with or without sports, first you follow Jesus!” But more and more I think about what this message says about the generation of ESPN (who sponsored the billboard) worshipers and how much the media […]

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United Methodist Women February 2016

Monday, February 1st, 2016

  There is an old saying that “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of”. Here at FUMC prayer is a very important element in our Christian life. We have an ongoing “Prayer Chain” that is called upon, not only for our in-church concerns but concerns in the community and beyond as […]

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A Lenten Journey

Monday, February 1st, 2016

The word “Lent” comes from the old English, “lencten”, which means “spring”. In Middle English is delivered from words, lenten, lente, lent; related to the Dutch, lente, the German, Lenz, also rendered “spring”. In Old German are found the related words: lenzin, lengizin, and lenzo, which probably comes from the same root as “long” and […]

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A View from the Belfry February 2016

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Greetings from Benny, the belfry bat! Would you believe it? It seems like we just finished with Christmas, and it’s already time for Lent! How does that happen? I’ve heard a few rumors that this year we’re observing Lent a little differently than we have in the past. Apparently some of the other churches in […]

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Lay Leader Lines February 2016

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Q: I’ve noticed when you give the laity report at the Administrative Council meetings, you always say the same old things. Why don’t you say something new for a change? A: You’re right! There is a lot of sadness in the monthly laity reports these days. I use to tell what the lay leaders were […]

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Reach Out! February 2016

Monday, February 1st, 2016

  For several years this church has had various committees devoted to improving the outreach of the church. They have included the worship committee, the outreach committee, etc. Currently the REACH Committee fulfills this purpose. We are beginning a new monthly article in the newsletter which will report on the activities of this committee, especially […]

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