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Christian Education News: Upcoming Monday Meditations lecture

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Our “Monday Meditations” lecture series for 2013-2014 continues on Monday, October 21. This year-long series is focused on Community and Prayer. As a congregation, we recognize that a healthy church needs both a deep sense of community and a strong prayer life in order to support our members and the surrounding community both spiritually and […]

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Upcoming Event: The Blessing of the Animals

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On Sunday, Oct. 6, FUMC will hold its annual Blessing of the Animals service in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. The service begins at 5pm and will take place on the front lawn of the church (645 Main St., Melrose). All are invited! Pets must be leashed or caged. In the event of rain, […]

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Christian Education News: Got Prayer?

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The “Got Prayer?” workshop series is an opportunity to explore different forms of prayer. So often knowing how to pray is taken for granted, but many of us struggle to find an authentic way to engage in prayer. Each workshop will introduce a different type of Christian prayer and will include a time of guided […]

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A Message from Our Pastor: October

Dear Church Family: During this wonderful season of harvest, our church family will be encouraged to focus on our prayer life, and we will begin with a six week study of Reuben Job’s book, Three Simple Rules, A Wesleyan Way of Living. This study is designed to help us return to those early Wesleyan understandings […]

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Christian Education News: Monday Meditations Begin this Week

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Our “Monday Meditations” lecture series for 2013-2014 begins Monday, September 23. This year-long series is focused on Community and Prayer. As a congregation, we recognize that a healthy church needs both a deep sense of community and a strong prayer life in order to support our members and the surrounding community both spiritually and physically. […]

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A Message from Our Pastor: September 2013

Dear Church Family: In the lectionary reading from Luke’s gospel assigned to Homecoming Sunday, September 8, 2013, we encounter the warning of Jesus to anyone who is thinking about following him to “count the cost” of discipleship. No one in their right mind would begin an ambitious building project without trying to figure out the […]

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SPRC News: Welcome, Andrew Mattfeld!

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The Staff Parish Relations Committee would like to welcome Andrew Mattfeld to the First United Methodist Church staff as our new Director of Music Ministries. At his recent interview and audition, the SPRC was impressed with Andrew’s performance on both piano and organ, by his comfortably confident manner and sense of humor, and by his […]

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A Message from Our Pastor: Summer 2013

Dear Church Family: Welcome to Summer Sabbath! While this is probably an exception to most churches in our New England Conference, here at First UMC Melrose, our congregation now enters into what we often refer to as “Summer Light” – a much welcomed season when the grinding wheels and gears of church activities slow down […]

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A Message from Our Pastor: June 2013

Dear Church Family: Pentecost Sunday brought such joy to our congregation as we celebrated the baptism of little Braeden Richard Anderson, an received seven new members into the membership of our church family: Jonathan & Allison Cox, John & Christy Krant, Chad & Kristina McPherson, and Elizabeth Hook. On Trinity/Memorial Sunday, James Bennett will also […]

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A Message from Our Pastor: May 2013

Dear Church Family, As I write this reflection for The Gleam, we who live in or have ties to the greater metropolitan Boston area find ourselves struggling to make our way back to some semblance of “normalcy” after the terrible weak-long siege that has been the aftermath of the Boston Marathon; even though we realize […]

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