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General Conference Debriefing & FAQ Response

General Conference Debriefing & FAQ Response

Video Recording of General Conference Debriefing On Sunday, March 3, Rev. Michael Mumme and Rev. Pastor Taylor Fuerst led a debriefing of the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference. The briefing, recorded on video, covered key items that were found...

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First Word from Pastor Michael – General Conference

First Word from Pastor Michael – General Conference

On 2019 Special Session of the General Conference Dear Church, On Saturday, February 23, 864 delegates and thousands of observers from across the world will gather in St. Louis, Missouri for the opening Day of Prayer of the 2019 Special...

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First Word from Pastor Taylor – State of the Church

First Word from Pastor Taylor – State of the Church

Dear Church, If you weren't ready for it, 2019 may have caught you by surprise. Another year has gone by, and we are already a month into a new one. It's hard to keep up! Life feels the same way at First United Methodist Church–it's hard to keep up! The momentum of...

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First Word from Pastor Taylor – Christmas Offering

First Word from Pastor Taylor – Christmas Offering

Dear First Church, Each year we remember that Advent is a season of anticipation. We anticipate the coming celebration of Christ’s birth, and we anticipate Christ’s return—the time when God will restore all things through God’s own loving presence. In Christmas, we...

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First Word from Pastor Taylor – Generosity and Baptism

First Word from Pastor Taylor – Generosity and Baptism

What does generosity have to do with Baptism? A couple weeks ago, Lara Greene and I led our semiannual Baptism class where seven families came together for learning and discussion about having a child in their family baptized. I've also been meeting with two adults in...

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First Word from Pastor Taylor – Active Learning

First Word from Pastor Taylor – Active Learning

Occasionally, someone actually asks me the question. The question they've been carrying around with them. The question that's been haunting them, lingering above their head, or nibbling at their heart. The question about God, whom they thought they knew, but who...

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First Word from Pastor Taylor – Back to School

First Word from Pastor Taylor – Back to School

Dear Church, Can you feel it? The city, your neighborhood, maybe even your own household is bracing itself for what's coming. Syllabi. School buses. Bouquets of sharpened pencils. Dorm rooms. Traffic. It's that time of year again. And somehow, whether or not you have...

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First Word from Pastor Cathy – Bridge Building

First Word from Pastor Cathy – Bridge Building

Dear Church, We believe that relationships are the primary way in which God transforms lives. Relationships matter. Through our connections with one another we can be challenged, encouraged, loved, and transformed…both as individuals and as a community. Blessings,...

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