Rev Kim Burke
February 18, 2018 11:00am

As we begin our Lenten journey of reconciliation, we’ll start by looking at what it means to be reconciled, specifically how we forgive ourselves and reconcile our hearts with God. When we read 2 Cor. 5:17-20, we may know in our head that we are reconciled to God through Christ, but sometimes it’s difficult (MORE)


“Ambassadors of Reconciliation”
Rev Dr Kent King-Nobles
February 18, 2018 9:30am

How sad to hear about yet another school shooting. This time it was Florida. What is so wrong with our world that teenagers are going into schools to massacre our children? I feel sadness but I also feel anger.  And to be honest, I also feel some fear for those I love.(MORE)


“Portraits of Grace: A Blind Man”
Rev Dr Kent King-Nobles
February 11, 2018 9:30am

One day Jesus was walking by and saw a man who had been blind from birth. The disciples want to know why the man had been born blind. Jesus finds a way to give the man his sight. It is not instant, but over time, the man is able to see. Instead of celebrating this great news, the religious leaders of the day get upset that Jesus is not following their rules. We will see all of this unfold in John 9. (MORE)


“Portraits of Grace: Mary”
Rev Dr Kent King-Nobles
February 4, 2018

Hey, what are you doing this weekend? This weekend not only do you have 3 worship services to choose from, each service will have a different theme. (MORE)

Conversation on Domestic Violence & “Somebody Should Do Something”
Rev Dr Kent King-Nobles & Deb White Executive Director of MCCA
January 28, 2018 at 11:00am

One of the values of our church is that our faith should make a difference.
About every two months, we are going to invite a community leader to come in to tell us about a serious problem our communities are facing. We will then think about how our faith might shape our response as individuals, and collectively as a church. This Sunday morning we will have one of our own members, Deb White, who is the Executive Director of Mid Central Community Action, help us think about domestic violence. (MORE)

Rev Kathy King-Nobles
January 21, 2018

At the start of a New Year, we often take stock in our lives and reflect on who and what we want to be in the coming year. It’s a good time to make changes. It’s a good time to make sure that the way we are living our lives and spending our time is in line with our values and commitments. (MORE)

“MLK: Scoundrel, Patsy or Prophet?”
Rev Dr Kent King-Nobles
January 14 2018

How will you be celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day this weekend? We will be celebrating this holiday in our worship in all three services and invite you to join in.

One time when I was leading a Bible study, we were looking at one of the prophets from the Old Testament. A man in the group asked me to give him a modern day equivalent. I thought for a minute and then offered that Martin Luther King Jr. might be an example of a modern day prophet.(MORE)

Rev Kathy King-Nobles
January 7, 2018

In 2018, will you be a spectator or participant? (MORE)

Rev Kim Burke
December 31, 2017 10am

Merry Christmas! We’ve been on the Advent journey for several weeks, asking God to make us more interrupt-able. Asking that we might notice where God is in the big and small interruptions of life, just like those who were “interrupted” by Christ’s birth 2000 years ago (MORE)


Almost There
Rev Dr Kent King-Nobles
December 24, 2017 10am

Have you ever been on a journey and heard these words: “Are we there yet?” Sometimes we don’t even make it out of the driveway before the chorus starts up. (MORE)


Choir Cantata – Almost There
Rev Kathy King-Nobles
December 17, 2017

Worship this weekend at Normal 1st UMC includes the Chancel Choir and Youth Choir Cantata, a Christmas musical Almost There (by Michael W Smith, Wes King, Bradley Knight, and Luke Gambill) at two of our services: Saturday 5:00pm service and Sunday 9:30am service. We have included a short excerpt you can enjoy. We hope you were able to attend and enjoyed the whole Cantata.

Rev Kathy King-Nobles
December 17, 2017

Worship this weekend at Normal 1st UMC includes the Choir Cantata Almost There at 2 of our services: Saturday (5:00) service and Sunday (9:30) service. I am grateful to the Youth and Chancel Choir for all of their dedication in preparing this work to help us prepare for Christmas. (MORE)


“God’s Interruptions”
Rev Dr Kent King-Nobles
December 10, 2017

Interruptions. Life has many interruptions. Some interruptions are unwanted, unhelpful and just, well, rude. There are other interruptions, however. When Jesus was born in a little village in Palestine, it was an interruption. King Herod’s tyrannical rule was interrupted. (MORE)


Rev Kim Burke
December 3, 2017 11:00am

“We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to bring you this breaking news….” (MORE)


“Christ the King” Sunday
Rev Kathy King-Nobles
November 26, 2017

“Whose side are you leanin’ on?”
“I’m leanin’ on the Lord’s side?”
And so the song goes, proclaiming our allegiance and loyalty to God. (MORE)


“Time to Give Thanks”
Rev Kathy King-Nobles
November 19, 2017

In the heart of the Great Depression, one of the ministers at the Ministerial Alliance group suggested that maybe they should skip the community Thanksgiving service that year. Another minister quickly agreed, telling a couple of stories about how desperately poor some of his church members had become. Another talked about the malaise that had come over his congregation as they watched the misery of the Great Depression take hold. (MORE)