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Faith Stories

Stories and conversations on living faith

Our stories are best told by people within our congregation.  So many times, we don’t see the impact of our day-to-day work of the church until we begin to listen. It is then, that our stories and testimonies are shared and we realize that God is at work.

A Strong Connection

My story begins with an introduction to Conneen Sanders, a homebound senior. I was delighted to meet her as she was one of the sweetest eighty-year old ladies I had ever encountered besides my own precious mother. She truly was a joy to visit. I always looked forward to knocking on her door and being greeted by her happy smile and little barking dog. She lived in a beautiful garden home and was self-sufficient in the beginning of our friendship. We would sit on her couch and share stories of growing up in Austin.

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Giving Faith Stories

Giving Faith Stories

  During the 2019 Fall Generosity Campaign, "Enough", individuals were asked to share their faith stories about why they tithe and give out of generosity to First United Methodist Church. Through these stories, we hear of God at work in people's lives and through...

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ASP 40th Anniversary

ASP 40th Anniversary

Highlights from the ASP 40th Anniversary Celebration On Sunday, June 9, 2019, FUMC celebrated 40 years of serving with the Appalachia Service Project. It was a joyous day filled with memories of this trip's legacy and its impact on our church. Below are highlights...

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"This Is My Story" | Daviss King

"This Is My Story" | Daviss King

Each of us has a story—an experience that has helped us understand God and ourselves through joy, connection, hurt, and hope. When we tell our stories, we find that they intertwine with God’s story and the stories of others.

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“This Is My Story” | Jim Bowen

“This Is My Story” | Jim Bowen

Each of us has a story—an experience that has helped us understand God and ourselves through joy, connection, hurt, and hope. When we tell our stories, we find that they intertwine with God’s story and the stories of others.

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Building on God’s Call – ASP

Building on God’s Call – ASP

In June 2018, Gordon Wesley will go on his 25th ASP trip with our youth. By Gordon Wesley In 1994, an angel of God in the form of Bert Jones, a retired Air Force pilot, invited me on my first Appalachia Service Project (ASP) trip. During closing on our last day at the...

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Back to the Mountaintop

Back to the Mountaintop

By Emily Buchanan In 1992, I reached a milestone at FUMC. As a freshman in high school, I was finally old enough to go on the Appalachia Service Project with the youth group. That summer, I traveled three days with 27 other youth and adult volunteers to Virginia, in...

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