So, Did the UMC Split?

So, Did the UMC Split?

No, not really. Here is the short version of what you need to know. The United Methodist Church has been divided theologically for 40+ years over the issues of LGBTQ ordination and same-sex marriages. After years of “discussing” this topic, it is clear there are multiple ways to interpret the Bible on this subject. UMC…

Church Council Updates

Church Council Updates

Updates from the April 26, 2022 meeting The United Methodist Women’s Creative Directions Circle held their last official meeting in April. They will gather in May for a final luncheon. This group of women has been together for over forty years. We celebrate their faithfulness and all that they have contributed to UMW and our congregation!…

Holy Week at First Church

Holy Week at First Church

April 10-17, 2022 Palm/Passion Sunday 8:45 am – Traditional Service (Nave) 11:00 am – Contemporary Service (MPR) 11:00 am – Traditional Service (Nave) 7:00 pm – Youth “Glow-in-the-Dark” Egg Hunt (Youth Loft) Holy Monday 8:15 am – Morning Prayer (Chapel) Holy Tuesday 12:00 pm – Lectio Divina and Centering Prayer (Chapel) Holy Wednesday 12:00 –…

Easter Visitation

Easter Visitation

Each year at Easter time, a group of volunteers visits the homebound members of our congregation, taking them a gift of flowers. Last year, we could not continue this caring tradition, and we are so excited to be reviving this ministry this Holy Week. Many of our homebound members were very involved in our church…

Easter Flower Orders

Easter Flower Orders

It’s time to order the beautiful flowers that decorate our worship spaces on Easter Sunday morning. Options this year are Easter lilies, cyclamens, or kalanchoes. All plants are $17.50 each and orders must be received as soon as possible. Flowers may be taken home after the 11 am service on Easter, April 17th. Due to supply chain…

Church Council Changes Our Pandemic Safety Protocols

Church Council Changes Our Pandemic Safety Protocols

With vaccination and booster availability, the reduced impact of infection on those who are vaccinated, and the dropping rate of infection in the United States and Anderson County, the Church Council has voted to change our pandemic safety protocols. The Council decided to: Drop the general, church-wide mask mandate; Add signage at all entrances stating…

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