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After Easter Message

Dear FUMC Family, What a wonderful Lent and Easter we experienced at First UMC!  The Palm/Passion Sunday commemoration was powerful, as was the choir’s presentation of “The Weeping Tree” along with readers and dramatists, on Good Friday evening. Too, our Holy/Maundy Thursday services were meaningful, as we followed Jesus through supper with His disciples as he continued to walk to the Cross for us. Then we turned out at dawn for our Easter Sunrise service, followed by a wonderful breakfast…

Easter Week Schedule

Holy Week Worship Schedule April 17 – 4:30 Children’s Easter Egg HuntApril 18 – 12:00 pm Maundy Thursday Service                    Holy Communion offered until 1:00 pm                    6:00 pm Maundy Thursday ServiceApril 19 – 7:30 pm Good Friday Service – “The Weeping Tree”April 21 – Easter Sunday                    7:00 am Sunrise Service in Columbarium Courtyard     …

Way of Prayer Bible Study

The Way of Prayer expands on our knowledge of prayer through a ten-week exploration of different forms of prayer practices. Through this exploration, small-group members embark on a journey of genuine discovery–the discovery of different dimensions of God’s grace and love. Prayer is explored through music, dance, gazing, silence, or acts of service. The Way of Prayer teaches us how to respond to God’s invitation into the divine Presence, and it brings a deeper sense of spiritual vitality and encouragement to seek out…

Youth Ski Trip

Youth Ski Trip Feb 21-24, 2019 The Ski trip this year is going to be great!  We will leave on Thursday, Feb 21st at 5:00pm for a slope side condo at the top of Snowshoe Mtn.  We will return on Sunday, Feb 24th around 4pm, but we will call as we get close to Lenoir.  Please arrive on Thursday in time to pack your gear into the vehicles.  If you need a lift that afternoon, please let me know so…

A Note From the Pastor…

FUMC Family, I pray this newsletter finds you in good health and spirits.  The past week has been difficult for all of us as we’ve watched our brothers and sisters down east and south go through catastrophic weather events.  Our hearts go out to them, and our prayers surround them. There will be many ways we and others can help for months and years to come, but if you would like to contribute to the recovery effort, United Methodist Committee…

Dinner for Eight

Dinner for Eight is a great way to meet folks from church that you may not already know and also a good way to get to know your church better. Groups plan their own meals and get together once a month from September-December. You share meals at participants’ homes, at local restaurants, or wherever the group decides. The emphasis is on fun and fellowship, so you don’t have to be a cook to participate. Discussion questions will be provided to…

July 15 Services

Welcome to our new pastor; the Rev. Dr. David Melton comes to us from Providence United Methodist Church in Charlotte.  We are grateful to have him here with us.  All services will be on the normal schedule.  First Light at 9:00 a.m.–Sunday School at 10:00 a.m. and Sanctuary service at 11:00 a.m.

Forever Friends in Christ

Forever Friends in Christ After four years of experiencing and/or enduring my sermons, you may find it difficult to believe that I have been struggling for weeks to find the words to express my deep gratitude to God and to you for the opportunity to serve alongside you in our shared holy calling to follow Christ in the path and ways of love and to share Christ’s love with others. During the time I have been blessed to be your pastor,…

Opening Sermon from A.C.

The following is an excerpt from Bishop Steiner Ball’s opening sermon at Annual Conference.  The full text can be read here. …Our world is filled with thousands of people who are paralyzed with fear, who are looking for hope and light everywhere, how will they find the true source of life if we aren’t out there continually, out everywhere in the world teaching and sharing and telling stories of what Christ did for us.  Modeling what Christ through others’ efforts…
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Meet Our New Pastor

Reverend Dr. Dave Melton The Reverend Dr. David S. Melton is the Senior Pastor of Providence United Methodist Church. He has served numerous large churches in western North Carolina, including most recently: Memorial UMC, Thomasville; First UMC, Waynesville; and West Market Street UMC in Greensboro. In 2014, West Market experienced its largest net membership growth in more than 30 years. Dave is an elder in full connection in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. Dave is…
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Pastor Linda to Become District Superintendent

The following was Pastor Linda’s announcement to the church on April 8 during her usual benediction: Before the Benediction, I would like to thank you as the Body of Christ for your ongoing expressions of Christ’s love and grace in your relationships and in our community. For making Christ’s love real. Next Sunday, we will celebrate 100 years of faithful worship in our beautiful Sanctuary; but we know the Sanctuary is not the church – the people are, you are.…