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Lent Devotional 3

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Exodus 17 5 The Lord answered Moses, “Go out in front of the people. Take with you some of the elders of Israel and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. 6 I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.” So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Isra...

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Lent Devotional 2

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Genesis 12 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2 “I will make you into a great nation,and I will bless you;I will make your name great,and you will be a blessing.[a]3 I will bless those who bless you,and whoever curses you I will curse;and all peoples on earthwill be bles...

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What a Church Family Means to Teens

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Bear with me as I share this story from my last church. One Sunday one of our 8th grade boys showed up to church wearing a suit and a tie. I was wearing jeans that day (dress jeans for those who understand that fashion) and the practice for the rest of the staff is to rarely wear a tie. This boy’s appearance was a shock to us, many whom have known him his entire life...

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Lent Devotional 1

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This year during Lent, we are going to be offering mid-week online devotions.  These devotions will consist of a piece of Scripture, a song, and a quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Discipleship.  These will be available here on our blog and on Facebook, usually on noon on Wednesdays (although this week it is coming out on Thursday). Here on the blog we might...

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Adventures in the Bible: Moses

Our adventures through the Bible series finds us with Moses this week. For our purposes we pick up Moses as a young man shepherding his father-in-law’s livestock. He sees a bush that is on fire but the bush is not consumed by the flames. Thinking this is an oddity he goes over to investigate. Then he hears a voice coming from the burning bush: the voice of God. God ...

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Adventures in the Bible: Joseph

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Another week, another adventure reading through the Bible. This week I read through the Joseph sequence of Genesis. Yes that’ the guy who wears the amazing technicolor dream coat. It’s another familiar story that I’ve read hundreds of times and yet a new detail caught my eye. Joseph was the youngest of his brothers. But Jacob/Israel, his father, loved hi...

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Adventures in the Bible 1

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I have accepted a challenge from my Bishop calling me to read the whole Bible in 2017. Here is the first in a series of posts about my reflections from reading the Bible and the new insights the Holy Spirit is giving me....

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Meet Your New Worship Leader :)

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I’ve been a musician just about all of my life. At the age of six my father bought me a full drum set and required me to take lessons and practice every day, seven days a week for at least 30 minutes. I took lessons for three years and in that time probably never practiced for less than 90 minutes a day. Music was my sanctuary, even at age six. By the time I was ten year...

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What Is Charge Conference?

Our Charge Conference is October 23rd at Dumfries UMC at 2 pm. But what is Charge Conference? And who can/should attend? Charge Conference is the annual meeting of the church. There are multiple layers of church governance in the United Methodist Church with the local church, or “charge,” at the grassroots level. Churches are bounded within a District (for us...

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Why Church? A new sermon series!

Why do you go to church? Why should anyone go to church? In this day and age, it's not that strange of a question. No longer is it a given that people want to, will, or do attend church. Beyond that, coming to church takes considerable effort. You have to get up, get the kids up, get everyone ready, drive there, all to sit through an hour long service and go home. In the ...

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