Lenten Devotional, April 4

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What FUMC Means to Me: A Place of Beauty
by Phyllis Olson

First United Methodist Church has made a statement in the heart of downtown Boulder since 1859. The congregation has worshipped on the corner of 14th and Spruce Streets since 1872. The church building has many interesting features, including the bell tower and the face of a child carved on the west side, just north of the entrance.

In 1959, the building was expanded to include an addition on the east end designed by architect Hobart Wagoner. This addition features colorful windows that give a special light to the sanctuary. The Roosevelt organ — currently under repair — will be back this fall.

The beauty of the building would be meaningless without the people who fill the pews. The members support the church financially and share their talents. FUMC is a place where God reaches out to us, and we, in turn, receive God.

As a member of FUMC since 1960, I have helped with many activities. Such efforts are complemented by the work of our outstanding staff.

Lenten Practice: Begin a daily practice of writing by starting a journal as a way of expressing your faith.

Lenten Prayer: God, we have grown weary of life out of balance. We have often acted out of fear rather than faith. Forgive us and let us feel your power of love. Amen.