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Responding to Orlando: Rainbows, and Our Capacity to Love and Hope


With Love from Pat June 13, 2016 The early Sunday mass murders at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando are the latest in an endless stream of acts of violence, terrorism and hate that seems to have no limit and is

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June 10–New, Requests, Reminders, and Prayers from Pat

Rev. Pat Bruns

With Love from Pat June 10, 2016 News, Requests, Reminders and Prayers … Last Sunday our Lay Leader Jon Kottke announced on behalf of our District Superintendent Skip Strickland that Joe (Rev. Joe Agne) will be appointed by Bishop Elaine

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Our Response to General Conference: We Love God Best When We Love One Another

Rev. Pat Bruns

With Love from Pat May 20, 2016 Well…the 2016 General Conference of the United Methodist Church didn’t change anything that would remove from The Book of Discipline the discriminatory and hateful language that declares that homosexuality is incompatible with Christian

The Pentecost Story is the Story Our World Needs Now

Rev. Pat Bruns

With Love from Pat Friday, May 13, 2016 This Sunday (May 15) is called Pentecost Sunday. We will read the story of the first day of Pentecost found in Acts 2:1-21, and we’ll think about what that first day of

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Joe Agne: Check-in #1 from General Conference: 5/10

May 10, 2016 Rev. Joe Agne, our Pastor for Family Life and Social Justice, is at the General Conference of the United Methodist Church in Portland, OR. Here is Joe’s first report from General Conference. The United Methodist General Conference

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Attention Homes’ Kaleidoscope Gala-A-Go-Go 50th Anniversary Celebration on 5/14


With Love from Pat April 9, 2016 Our young adult affordable transitional housing project has already made this quite a year for our church’s partnership with Attention Homes. Yet in addition, this is the 50th Anniversary of the founding of

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The Paradoxes of the Easter Story

Rev. Pat Bruns

With Love from Pat Friday, March 25, 2016   We’re coming close to the end of our Holy Week journey toward Easter. Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter—all of Holy Week—is jam-packed with meaning. In fact, I believe this

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Palm Sunday Plans: Palms, A Donkey, and Looking Ahead to Holy Week

Pat Bruns

With Love from Pat Friday, March 18, 2016 Hmmm … it’s snowing as I write. Yet we’re still planning to begin Holy Week with our Pine Street churches gathering along the side of the road this Sunday morning to place

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Center for A New New Testament at FUMC?

New New Testament Taussig book

With Love from Pat March 11, 2016 Our church is working intentionally to build a partnership with Hal Taussig and the developing Center for a New New Testament. The study of Hal’s book, A New New Testament, has already touched

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February Update from Diantha and Steve Hodges

Steve and Diantha Hodges are United Methodist missionaries working in East Africa. They are also relatives of our beloved Jean Hodges. Here is their update from February: February 7, 2016 Dear Family and Friends, We are having a chance to

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