“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)


“Building the Beloved Community”
Rev Kim Burke
May 20, 2018

Our worship will begin Saturday morning (8-12) with the Habitat for Humanity Wall Build at Calvary UMC. This will be worship in action as we join Calvary UMC and Wesley UMC to build 40 walls for our Beloved Community house for Kia Griffin and her daughter Georgia. If you haven’t signed up, there are still a few spots available, and children are welcome with their parents http://vhub.at/NFUMC. (MORE)

“Who Are We? Community Changers”
Rev Kathy King-Nobles
May 13, 2018

“Much of the New Testament is devoted to explaining to, exhorting, and instructing those who follow Jesus what it means to live together as a community” (Future Faith). (MORE)

“Who Are We? Community Changers”
Rev Kathy King-Nobles
May 6, 2018

Who are we? (MORE)

“Who Are We? Conduits of Grace”

Rev Dr Kent King-Nobles
April 29, 2018

When I was just months from graduating from seminary, my life spun into a deep identity crisis. It seemed like I had spent so much of my life trying to impress other people that I did not really know who I was. The solution? I sought out God and in answer to my prayers and my searching; God led me into deeper experiences of Grace. What I most needed was an adequate understanding of God’s deep and unconditional love for me. I needed to know this not just intellectually, but fully in my heart and soul. (MORE)


“In the Image”
Children’s Musical (excerpt)
April 22, 2018

Who Are We? This weekend we will focus on another core value of our church: We are Caretakers of Creation. We are excited that our children will lead much of our worship this weekend. On Saturday at 5:00 and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. the children will share their Spring Musical: In the Image. (MORE)


“Who Are We? Inclusive Community”
Rev Kathy King-Nobles
April 15, 2018

Who Are We? We began last weekend with this answer: We are followers of Jesus Christ. This weekend we will focus on a second core value of our church: We are an Inclusive Community. (MORE)


“Who are we? Followers of Jesus Christ”
Rev Dr Kent King-Nobles
April 8, 2018

Thanks for a great Easter celebration. Now what?

This weekend we start a series entitled, “Who Are We?” This is a question each of us should ask from time to time: “Who am I?” It is important to have a core identity that guides and grounds us in the midst of all the distractions and challenges of our lives. (MORE)

Rev Kathy King-Nobles
April 1, 2018

We’re looking forward to celebrating with you the Hope of the Resurrection. We encourage you to get to church a bit early and find an opportunity to greet someone you haven’t met before.(MORE)