Welcome to the 2021 Advent Devotional

Welcome to the 2021 Advent Devotional, In the Midst of Changing Ways – Many Gifts, One Spirit. As we enter the season of Advent, we are continuing to explore the theme of change as we approach year 2 of a global pandemic, and contend with continued political partisanship, social unease, and much more in our […]

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Sat., 11/27: Help Decorate the Church for Christmas

On Saturday, November 27, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, all are invited to come and decorate the church for the Advent and Christmas season! Come when you can…if you can’t stay the whole time, that’s OK! There will be jobs for folks of all ages. And we’ll have some yummy snacks and drinks. QUESTIONS? […]

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Get Your Holiday Cookies: UMW Cookie Sale

Sorry…the deadline for placing cookie orders has passed. What comes after Thanksgiving pies? Well, Christmas cookies, of course! YUM!!! First Church’s United Methodist Women (UMW) chapter is having a holiday cookie sale, with proceeds benefiting the important work of UMW. Cookies come in boxes, and there are two sizes: 24 cookies for $10 OR one […]

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Order Your Poinsettias for Christmas

It’s that time again! The Music and Worship Committee is ordering poinsettias. They will help decorate our sanctuary during December, and may be taken home on December 24th as you leave Christmas Eve services. Poinsettias are $15/plant. The deadline for ordering poinsettias has been extended, and is now Thursday, December 16. How to Order Poinsettias […]

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Holiday Giving Opportunities

All holiday giving opportunities have now wrapped up. THANK YOU to all who contributed! CLICK HERE to read a lovely thank you note from Attention Homes in response to our holiday giving for the Attention Homes Giving Tree. The youth of First Church have organized some giving opportunities. Please consider these ongoing ways to give […]

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Christmas Pageant 2018: The Last Noel

The children and youth of First United Methodist Church presented the 2018 Christmas pageant, The Last Noel, on December 16, 2018. Assistant Director of Music Jordan Ortman directed the pageant, and Director of Family Life Stephanie Moffitt assisted. The Last Noel is a whimsical telling of the Christmas story from the perspective of the animals […]

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Tuesday, December 25: Christmas Day

Experiencing God as Love: Care of the Earth Scripture: 1 John 4:19 “We love because he first loved us.” This scripture brings back memories of catechism from my youth. This is one of those verses I can actually remember hearing, “We love because he first loved us.” Yet, even upon hearing it as a young […]

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Monday, December 24: Christmas Eve

Experiencing God as Love: Care of the Earth Scripture: Matthew 22:36-40 “‘Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?’ He said to him, ‘“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second […]

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Sunday, December 23

Experiencing God as Love: Care of the Earth Scripture: Isaiah 9:2 “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness on them light has shined.” God created the heavens and the earth, and God said, “It was good.” God gave us stewardship to care […]

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Advent: Introduction to Week 4 Devotions

Experiencing God as Love: Care of the Earth When I can enter that space where I really notice the world around me—those moments where the beauty of creation just leaps out at me—God’s love seems to come into a particular kind of clarity. I am able to notice the perfection of the earth. I notice […]

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