Together: United in Christ!

Dear Friends,
 
What a hoot!
 
It was a joy to experience my first Annual Hootenanny at First UMC last Saturday night. There was such joy, much laughter, authentic community, and great food! It truly was a picture of the community that we are celebrating at First UMC this month as part of our preaching and worship series, Together: Created for Community. I would like to express appreciation to all who helped make it happen, on behalf of the entire congregation. Thank you!
 
Sunday morning was good, as well. We worshiped and were renewed in faith and love as we sang and gave thanks to God for his unconditional and unending goodness. As part of worship we welcomed eight new members officially into our community of faith. Some of them have been around awhile and decided to make it official, for which we are all grateful. The names of those who joined are: Tom and Carol Lundberg, Tom and Rebecca Ervasti, John, Marie, and Libby Keefe, and Nancy Thalacker. They have found this to be a community that inspires and meets their spiritual needs. Thank you to all, who help make this place, that kind of place. We are grateful.
 
We also were delighted to hear the Bell Choir again after their summer break. They were a blessing. And, by the way, they are looking for more ringers – so talk to Patsy if you’re interested – or contact the church office.
 
As we look forward to this Sunday, September 23 we will continue our preaching and worship series, focusing on how together, we are United in Christ. Simply, we’ll be exploring how it is that we need each other to live out the Body of Christ. This message and theme is based on Paul’s first letter to the Corinthian Church (12:12-27) describing how we are like a body that is made up of many different parts – united, we are stronger than we are apart. Questions to consider as you prepare for Sunday might be, “How does Jesus unify us together?”, “We all have different gifts, and each gift is an important function for the body. What is your gift or talent, and how does it help the body as a whole function at First UMC?”, “Unity does not mean we are the same or always agree. Can we have unity in the midst of diversity?”
 
As you might have realized, this theme ties in nicely with our “Living Your Strengths” Book Study on Wednesday nights at 6:00 p.m. We had a fantastic turnout last week and I look forward to diving even deeper into how we live out our strengths as part of this community of faith, this Wednesday. Come again – and bring a friend! We’ll make room!
 
Lastly, I am preparing to send out a web-based, weekly electronic email listing all of our current and upcoming news and events. This will serve as a reminder to you (in addition to our weekly printed announcements in the worship bulletin) that will come directly to your desktop or mobile email device. This will also serve as an evangelism tool as it can easily be forwarded and shared with friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, etc. If you’d like to sign to begin receiving this Weekly eNews, click here.
 
Don’t forget Wednesdays at First UMC! 5:00 p.m. Dinner; 5:30 p.m. Youth Bell Rehearsal; 6:00 p.m. Book Study; 6:00 p.m. Time 4 Children/Youth; 7:00 p.m. Confirmation; 7:00 p.m. Adult Choir Rehearsal; 8:00 p.m. Praise Band Rehearsal.
 
That is all for today. God bless you and keep you as you enter into another busy week of work, study, and hopefully play.
 
See You In Church!
Pr. Dale