From the Pastor…

From the Pastor…

FROM PASTOR DAVE

Dear First Church Family,                                                                                                                                                                                     I pray that you are persevering during this uncertain time. Not being able to actually be with you is taking its toll on me, as I imagine, it is on you. Our staff surprised me with pictures of many, many of your smiling faces on chairs in the CLC last Sunday during worship, and has done the same in the Sanctuary this week. I love it, but I miss the…

FROM PASTOR DAVE

Dear First Church Family, We have been going through tremendous difficulty, both in our country and around the world, due to the Coronavirus. Our prayers are with the thousands of people who have contracted the virus, and whose lives have been lost. Our whole world has changed. Businesses have shut down; numerous cancellations of events we took for granted only a few short weeks ago have taken place; and our worship services have been altered dramatically. Yet, I remind you…

FROM PASTOR DAVE

FUMC Family, Grace and peace to you from the Risen Christ and our church. It is a blessing to be able to worship together with the use of technology provided for us by the Broyhill Family Foundation in honor of our Allene Broyhill Stevens. We would love to hear from you about your experience of that. And if you are finding it of benefit, why not consider inviting friends and family to do the same? Our Church office will continue…

FROM PASTOR DAVE

First Church Family, It’s been a challenging week for all of us, as we abide by the principles/suggestions that have been provided for us during this time. Our prayers go out to our healthcare providers, who are risking their own health on the front line of our community and world’s war against the Coronavirus. There are many persons in our church and our church’s extended family who are right there helping to diagnose, treat, and save the lives of people across…
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DEAR FIRST METHODIST FAMILY

Dear First Methodist Family, A public announcement was made last Friday about 16 United Methodist leaders across the world who, together, will make a proposal to the United Methodist governing board, the General Conference, in May of 2020, that would allow unhappy churches on the extreme right or left to leave the denomination.  In my opinion, I don’t see that including or affecting us in a major way, other than making the formal United Methodist Church smaller; but we will…

December Happenings

First Church Family,      We are well into December and that means beautiful seasonal music! This Sunday, in our traditional service (11:00 in the sanctuary) our Chancel Choir, with orchestra, will present its Christmas program. Invite friends and family to attend, as this will be one of our community’s highest quality musical experiences.     At our First Light service (9:00 in the CLC) our theme will be: “What Child is This? #2 – Mighty God.” Then, next Sunday, December…

Back-To-Church Sunday

FUMC Family, This is my favorite time of year. This month, there will be evenings when we feel crispness in the air. Too, football season is upon us. And finally, in a real way our Church Year begins. We will begin the year with a bang, as on Sunday, September 15, we will join literally thousands of churches across the country celebrating: “Back-to-Church Sunday”. At our church, our attendance has been strong all summer. But now school has started, and…

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…

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…