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  • IF SHE HAS NOT DONE IT ALREADY, CHANCES ARE GOOD SHE IS IN THE MIDDLE OF DOING IT AS WE SPEAK. THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR she's done it, as it is the first year in which Anna's school schedule lines up with this annual rite of February. What is, "it?" Erin is in the midst of preparing small cardboard Valentines for each of Anna's fellow classmates to give out in the Pre-K 3 class. As I look at the mo...
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  • ONE CAN BE FORGIVEN IF BY THE TIME THEY GET TO THE END OF A RATHER LONG DOCUMENT THEIR ATTENTION TO DETAIL HAS waned a little since there has already been so much to absorb. To do this with what we call Paul's first letter to the Corinthians, however, might just put us in position to miss some wonderful nuggets of truth, wisdom, and encouragement as we seek to live as God's faithful people. To do...
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  • A FEW QUICK HITS FOR YOUR MONDAY AFTERNOON A FINAL WORD FROM YESTERDAY SPAGHETTI DINNER CLARIFICATION BOY SCOUT TROOP 30 SPAGHETTI LUNCH FUNDRAISER IMMEDIATELY AFTER WORSHIP SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2019 $8.00/PLATE ($30/FAMILY OF 4+) A PASTORAL PLUNGE TO SUPPORT THE COUNCIL ON AGING THIS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, our pastor, Rev. Lamar Oliver, is once again taking a Polar Plunge to support our friends a...
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  • A FEW QUICK HITS FOR YOUR MONDAY AFTERNOON A FINAL WORD FROM YESTERDAY SPAGHETTI DINNER CLARIFICATION BOY SCOUT TROOP 30 SPAGHETTI LUNCH FUNDRAISER IMMEDIATELY AFTER WORSHIP SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2019 $8.00/PLATE ($30/FAMILY OF 4+) A PASTORAL PLUNGE TO SUPPORT THE COUNCIL ON AGING THIS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, our pastor, Rev. Lamar Oliver, is once again taking a Polar Plunge to support our friends a...
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  • EVER SINCE I FIRST READ THE BOOK 35+ YEARS AGO, there has always been a part of me that secretly desired a chocolate river in my life much as I found in Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Alas, the closest I have ever come to such a glorious thing is a chocolate fountain at various social events over the years. Motorists out in Arizona got a glimpse of what such a scene might look li...
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  • WHILE NOT COMING DIRECTLY FROM A BIBLICAL SOURCE, Benjamin Franklin offered some wonderful advice concerning the foray into a New Year, advice that does contain a great deal of truth that can and should affect all part of our lives, especially as relates to our attempts to be faithful to Christ. Mr. Franklin is quoted as making the following observation: Be at war with your vices, at peace with y...
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  • STOP. REMEMBER. APPRECIATE. LAST WEDNESDAY'S message drew from the Psalms to give us a reminder to stop you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes beheld my unformed substan...
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  • WEDNESDAY'S WONDER DECEMBER POTLUCK CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PAGEANT ADVENT OPEN HOUSE @ THE PARSONAGE YESTERDAY'S EMAIL had so much in it we decided to send you a couple of more things this morning, along with a word of reflection as we head into the first Sunday of Advent. STOP. TAKE A BREATH. MAYBE TWO. As we head towards the start of the Advent season, with the sanctuary all decorated and the var...
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  • CHANCES ARE GOOD YOU'RE GOING TO SPEND SOME TIME SHOPPING ONLINE THIS WEEK/WEEKEND/SEASON SO START HERE AND SUPPORT YOUR CHURCH WHILE MARKING OFF YOUR LISTS! This Black Friday, score deals at smile.amazon.com/ch/72-0650882 and AmazonSmile donates to First United Methodist Church. NOTE: DOES NOT WORK USING AMAZON'S MOBILE APP - YOU MUST USE THE ABOVE LINK IN YOUR PHONE OR TABLET'S WEB BROWSER FOR ...
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  • Dear Friends: WOW. JUST WOW. Over 40 of you have already experienced the first week of our A Disciple's Path journey in one of our three group settings this past week - and we look forward to several more of you who could not make week one's gatherings joining us for this week! IF YOU HAVE NOT already joined one of our groups, IT'S NOT TOO LATE! Whether tomorrow at 6:00PM, Sunday morning @ 9:00AM...
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  • IN LOVING MEMORY OF MARVIN LELAND JACKSON It is with deep sadness that we mourn the passing of longtime member Marvin Jackson. Marvin's 97+ years on this earth concluded this past Saturday at the VA home in Jennings. Visitation will be at Labby Memorial tomorrow, Wednesday, October 3, beginning at noon. We will have a worship of celebration and remembrance at 2:30 Wednesday, also at Labby. His ob...
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  • Dear Friends: This weekend's worship preview is pretty simple - it's a FIFTH SUNDAY! Come join us for a wonderful morning of worship in our Fellowship Hall followed immediately thereafter by food and fun with our Fifth Sunday Potluck/Covered Dish Lunch! Bring a friend! Grace and Peace, Lamar
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  • Dear Friends: You gotta take care of your business. Period. If you do not take care of your business, you will - or someone you love will - pay a price for unattended to business. The problem is, taking care of your business is oftentimes routine and mundane. Things that are so simple - brushing your teeth, washing your hands, using deodorant/anti-persperant, buckling your seatbelts, keeping up w...
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  • Dear Friends: RECORDED AS JESUS' LAST WORDS in Matthew's gospel is what has become known as the Great Commission: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you alway...
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  • Dear Friends: IT'S A CONUNDRUM FACING PARENTS ACROSS TIME AND SPACE - on one hand you want your children to grow up and become productive members of society standing on their own, while yet wanting to hold on to the carefree (in their eyes) days of childhood. Even those of us with the youngest of children notice when those markers of independence (crawling, toddling, walking - just to name a few)...
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  • Dear Friends, Greetings and welcome to the 2018/2019 Children, Youth and Family Worship school year. Though the info below may not pertain to you, I wanted to let all know the great things that will be happening here. I would like to thank you in advance for your patience in this time of transition. Change can be scary. I have some new and exciting changes planned for the upcoming year and am als...
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  • Dear Friends: It has been part of the liturgy of the church for hundreds of years. It is an essential core of our Sunday morning worship. It is something that those who grow up in a Christian environment know for about as long as they can remember. It is one of the only times Jesus gave a straight answer to a question, rather than speaking in a parable. It is something we pray at our own peril, b...
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  • Dear Friends: In the book of Ecclesiastes, we read there is a season for everything. Over the past few years, we have lived in a season where we have had separate staff positions for each of our children's and youth ministries. We have seen fruitfulness in each of these roles, and are especially grateful over this past year for the work that Kim Bazo has done for our Children's and Family Ministr...
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  • You don’t know God until you talk with God in the Way of our Lord. Prayer is a crucial way for us to experience God’s grace. Jesus used The Lord's Prayer to teach all disciples about how to communicate with God. Christians also order their lives around their relationships with each other, and these relationships are strengthened through personal and corporate prayer with God. The Lord's Prayer is...
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