“How to be a Hero”
Rev Dr Kent King-Nobles
August 19, 2018

Who did you dream of being when you were growing up? Did you idolize some Superhero and dream of having the same abilities and characteristics that person had? The strength of Superman? The Speed of Flash? The courage of Batman or Batgirl? The power of Superwoman? The ability to bring justice like the Lone Ranger? The power to fight evil of G.I. Joe? Who was your hero? (MORE)


Conversation and Message
Rev Kathy King-Nobles, Pat Turner (Center for Hope Food Pantry), Jeanna Campbell (School Street Food Pantry)
August 12, 2018

Over the past couple of years, one of the questions we’ve heard many times from our church family is “How can we better serve the campus community? What need does the ISU community have that we have the gifts to respond to?” (MORE)


“Reflections of Mission Trips”
Abby, Paige, Gavin, Emily, and Tristan
August 5, 2018

While we were waiting for our lunch to be ready, I was perusing the shelves of The Mountain Goat Market in Monteagle, TN. I came across a shirt that I absolutely loved because it sums up much of what I believe about life. The shirt reads: (MORE)


“Belong, Believe, Become”
Roxy Twaddle, Co-Dir. ISU Wesley Foundation
July 29, 2018

Since 1920, the ISU Wesley Foundation (Merge) has been an integral part of the lives of college students at Illinois State University and a partner in ministry with Normal First! FUMC and Merge have worked side by side to create disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. (MORE)


Rev Kim Burke
July 22, 2018

Last Friday, our three minivans pulled into the church parking lot and junior high students tumbled out to greet their parents. (MORE)


“We Are More Vulnerable Than We Think”
Rev Dr Kent King-Nobles
July 15,2018

If you had been a citizen in Nazi Germany, would you have contributed to the holocaust or would you have resisted? If you had been a soldier in Vietnam, would you have joined everyone around you in killing women, young children and the elderly at My Lai or would you have been one of the heroic resisters that went against the crowd? Why do people do evil things? Are some people just essentially bad? (MORE)


Rev Kathy King-Nobles
July 8, 2018

One of my favorite stories from EB White (the author of Charlotte’s Web) is his recounting of his wife planting the bulbs in her fall garden. It was late in the season and particularly cold. His wife, Katharine, was terminally ill and would not live to see the beauty emerging from these bulbs. Nevertheless, she valued the fact that she could do something that others would enjoy. (MORE)


“Celebrate Freedom”
Rev Dr Kent King-Nobles
July 1, 2018

What do you think of when you hear the word, “Freedom?” What words or images come to mind?

July 4 is just days away. In addition to the fireworks and watermelon, it is time to think about what it means to be free. This is a good time to reflect on where we are as a nation. Patriotism and good citizenship require us to do our part to help our nation in its ongoing journey toward greater freedom and democracy. (MORE)


“Belong. Behave. Believe.”
Rev Kathy King-Nobles
June 24, 2018

When we step back and look at the broad view of the history of the Church, we discover some major shifts in how the Church has operated. Beginning with the first disciples, Jesus invited them to belong to this connection of people who were called “Followers of the Way”. It wasn’t really a church as we know it, but a movement.(MORE)


“On Beginning Within”
Rev Dr Jim Bortell
June 17, 2018

Our pastor this weekend will be Rev. Dr. Jim Bortell. Jim served as the Senior Pastor here at Normal 1st UMC from 1991-2003. Kent and I are grateful for his wisdom, compassion, and friendship. (MORE)


Laurie Fuller
June 10, 2018

On Sunday morning, another friend, church leader, and our missionary to Liberia, Laurie Fuller, will be bringing the message in both services. Laurie’s sermon title is “Palava – Peace” and her scripture will be Philippians 4:4-9 & 1 Thessalonians 5:11-12.(MORE)


“The Good Samaritan Experiment”
Rev Dr Kent King-Nobles
June 3, 2018

Would you stop and help someone who was in obvious distress? What if you walked by and someone was lying on the ground moaning in apparent pain? Would it make any difference if you were on your way to preach a sermon on The Good Samaritan? (MORE)

“Trusting God Always”
Rev Dr Anna Kaydor Labala
May 27, 2018

On Sunday morning, Rev. Dr. Anna Kaydor Labala of Liberia will be preaching. I’ve listed for you below a bit of her bio. Her message will be based on John 16:33 Trusting God Always. (MORE)