Category Archives: A Message from Our Pastor

A note from Stacey – September 2016

Dear friends, As you know, we have been working for nearly two years to find solutions to our significant financial challenges.  Our buildings have been one focus of these efforts. I am happy to report that we currently have an offer to purchase the Annex. We have scheduled a Church Conference for Monday, September 12 […]

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A note from Stacey

Dear friends, The summer months are upon us, and many look forward to a change of pace, some time to rest and be renewed. I hope you find a break in your schedule, a respite from the busy-ness, and time to reconnect with your loved ones, with God and with your own Spirit. For many […]

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A note from Stacey

Dear friends, On May 15 we celebrated Pentecost, the day we recognize the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the church. The story of Pentecost in Acts 2 reminds us that not everyone recognizes the Spirit at work in the world – some are confused or cynical or look for a more “logical” […]

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A message from Stacey

Dear friends, As we move forward with possibilities for our buildings, the Trustees and ‘Deficit Dogs” have been meeting together almost weekly to make progress towards a decision that will sustain us in the future. We have added the expertise of some professionals to our team: Tom Bennett is an attorney with over 40 years’ […]

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A message from Stacey – April 2016

Dear friends, During the Easter season, we sing “Hymn of Promise:” In our end is our beginning, in our time, infinity; In our doubt there is believing; in our life. eternity. In our death, a resurrection, at the last, a victory, Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see. Living in the northern hemisphere, […]

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A note from Stacey

Dear friends, In the church year, we are making our way deeper into Lent, moving towards the events of Holy Thursday and Good Friday: the confusion, sadness, anger and fear that surrounded Jesus’ arrest, sham trial and execution. Our movement through these emotions and events is, of course, tempered by our knowledge of the eventual […]

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A note from Stacey

Dear Friends, Last fall, your Leadership Team decided to designate 2016 as a year of growing deeper in faith at First United Methodist Church. Being a follower of Jesus means many things to many people and there are many ways that we can wake up to God’s presence in our lives, learn more about God, […]

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A Note from our Pastor

In the church, during January and February we observe the season of epiphany. Epiphany comes from a Greek word that means “manifestation” or “sudden appearance.” This season lasts from Jan. 6 until the beginning of Lent (very early this year – Feb. 10). In this season, the church focuses on making God’s love known to […]

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A note from our Pastor

Dear friends, Every year, we say we’re going to cut back, simplify, and have a family Christmas that focuses on the real reason for the season – Jesus. But every year, advertisements beckon, the children plead, and it seems easier just to indulge our wants and whims. Overspending, overeating, materialism, and busyness rob us of […]

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A note from Stacey

Dear friends, “If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything had become new!  All this is from God…”  (1 Corinthians 5:17,18) Sometimes I think we should celebrate the New Year on September 1 instead of January 1.  The cooler air, the start of school, new programs […]

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