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Pastor’s Notes for May

by Nicole Smith

Take me out to the ball game Take me out with the crowd Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks I don’t care if I never get back Let me root, root, root For the home team If they don’t win it’s a shame For it’s One, Two, Three strikes you’re out At the old ball […]

Pastor’s Notes for April

by Nicole Smith

“But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human being; for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ. But each in […]

Pastor’s Notes for March

by Nicole Smith

“Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes. Five hundred twenty five thousand moments so dear. Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes. How do you measure, Measure a year?” As we come upon an entire year of dealing with covid, I have had this song stuck in my head…but I’ve made a few […]

Pastor’s Notes for February

by Nicole Smith

“In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of God has come near.’…Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey…” – Matthew 3:1-2, 4, NRSV How desperate does someone have to be […]

In Person Worship

by Nicole Smith

In Person Worship Info Dear First United Methodist Church Family, We will once again be offering in-person worship for our 11am service, beginning this Sunday, February 7! The Rapid Response Team has put together a set of processes for in-person worship that minimizes the risk of spreading COVID. For those who are planning to join […]

January’s Pastor’s Notes

by Nicole Smith

I’m writing this when it’s still in the thick of the Advent season, with Christmas right around the corner. We’re probably all still wrapping presents, playing Christmas Carols and completing our decorating. And we’re looking with anticipation to the joyous times of celebration with our family and friends…even if those celebrations have to be virtual […]

December’s Pastor Notes

by Nicole Smith

“Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18-19, NRSV At a recent Zoom gathering of Iowa United Methodist pastors, Bishop Laurie Haller acknowledged […]

Christmas Connections

by Nicole Smith

Christmas Eve is coming soon!       Though our Christmas Eve services must be physically distant this year, “Christmas Connection” bags can help you invite friends, family, and neighbors to join you for our virtual service. Inside these bags will be the traditional “Silent Night” candles (2 per bag) to help bring the light […]

November’s Pastor Notes

by Nicole Smith

Well, the leaves have been changing for a while now and I am sad to say they are beginning to fall. The weather is getting colder and even the fun Fall activities—the apple picking and trips to the pumpkin patch—are beginning to end. It is at this time that I can’t help but thinking that […]

October’s Pastor Notes

by Nicole Smith

Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that […]