“We Are Stewards of Creation”
Rev Dr Kent King-Nobles
May 19, 2019

 

The Bible is full of talk about Creation. Nature is not something separate from human beings. We are part of nature, deeply intertwined.(MORE)
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“Interview of Dr Joan Brehm by Rev Dr Kent King-Nobles”
May 19, 2019

Joan M. Brehm received her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at Utah State University and earned her M.A. from The University of Montana. She is currently a Professor and Department Chair for the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Illinois State University. Her areas of expertise are the human dimensions of natural resources/environment, community, and demography. Her specific research interests center on the role of natural environment amenities, values, and attitudes in community attachment and their relationship to community well-being and ecological health. Her current research projects focus on examining barriers to homeowners’ adoption of best management practices for lawn care to protect water quality in the Lake Bloomington and Lake Evergreen watersheds and an assessment of the impacts of climate change and fisheries practices on lake health in Lake Tanganyiika in Tanzania.

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“Faith Takes Time”
Rev Kim Burke
May 12, 2019

Last Sunday at the 11:00 service, we celebrated as 17 of our youth were baptized or confirmed their baptismal vows. During this past year, the confirmands have met weekly. (MORE)

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“Don’t Give Up Too Soon”
Rev Kathy King-Nobles
May 5, 2019

I find this story meaningful . . . for 2 reasons. I think it shows the power of the cross – the despair that so many have felt on that day and still today. A lot of people live with despair and hopelessness. (MORE)

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“Failure Doesn’t Have to Be the End”
Rev Dr Kent King-Nobles
April 28, 2019

I just couldn’t figure out what was wrong with the soccer team I was coaching. We had talented, athletic players but were just not jelling as a team. After several practices, I couldn’t figure out why we did not seem to be getting better. (MORE)

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Easter Sunday “The Resurrection Revolution”
Rev Dr Kent King-Nobles
April 21, 2019

Does Easter matter?
It is easy to be complacent about Easter, to see Easter as just another chance to get together with friends and family, have a good meal and celebrate a holiday.(MORE)

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Palm Sunday
Rev Kathy King-Nobles
April 14, 2019

This weekend, we’ll be celebrating Palm Sunday, the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Though not recorded in the Scriptures, the work of historians shows that there was more than one parade going on at that time. (MORE)

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“Loving Even Our Enemies”
Rev Kathy King-Nobles
April 7, 2019

Mark Twain once said this about the Bible: “I have no problem with those parts of the Bible I don’t understand. It’s those parts of the Bible I do understand that give me fits.” We’ll be looking at a couple of those passages this weekend in worship. Matthew 5:38-48 & Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18.   (MORE)

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“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner…”
Danielle Harrison
March 31, 2019

Our Church takes pride in being a welcoming church What does it mean, though, to be a church where people of all races feel welcome? What can we do to make sure we are as welcoming as we can be?

This Sunday at the 9:30 and 11:00 worship services, we will have a guest preacher. Danielle Harrison is a diversity consultant. (MORE) 

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“Parables of The Finder”
Rev Kim Burke
March 24, 2019

When I told my younger son that our scripture for this weekend focuses on the Lost Parables (Luke 15:1-10), he laughed and said I should have a lot of material to choose from because I seem to lose things occasionally.  The irony of this conversation was that, while we were talking, I was walking around looking for my paycheck. I had it, and then (MORE)

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“How Can We Turn Things Around”
Rev Dr Kent King-Nobles
March 17, 2019

Have you ever been to a carnival fun house and looked in those funny mirrors that make you look really thin and tall? Or really short and wide? I remember going to Silver Dollar City and walking into a house where everything is upside down. You are walking on the ceiling and the furniture is overhead. It is kind of disorienting. My mind kept wanting to turn things over and make them right. (MORE)

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Requiem by John Rutter
Chancel Choir
March 17, 2019

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Message from Luke 4:1-13
Rev Kathy King-Nobles
March 10, 2019

Our focus during these 40 days of Lent will be on the Upside Down Kingdom. We’ve been called to live in a way that may not always fit in with the culture around us. Amongst many things, living this way can take a lot of strength, deep roots, and a firm commitment. (MORE)

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Reflections
Rev Kathy King-Nobles
March 6, 2019

Children and youth programming and some small groups will be replaced with family worship. When children and youth see all the adults they love and respect wearing ashes and they themselves are marked with ashes, they know they belong. They are one of God’s people. Other days they may know that with their minds, but on Ash Wednesday they know it in a powerful way with their eyes. Attend dinner at 5:15 then head to worship at 6pm.

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“What Happened and Who Will We Be”
Rev Dr Kent King-Nobles
March 3, 2019

I returned home from a long and challenging trip. As I pulled my bag out of the car, my loving wife came out to greet me with a hug and a kiss. Inside my kids came out of their rooms to say hello and ask how I was doing. My faithful dog stood at my feet, wagging her tail happily. The cats just ignored me, (MORE)

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“What Does the Bible Say About Homosexuality?”
Rev Dr Kent King-Nobles
February 24, 2019

Our United Methodist denomination will begin this Saturday to discern how to handle the last prohibitions regarding ordination of LGBTQ+ persons and same-gendered weddings. Why is there so much confusion among our delegates on how to handle these issues? People do (MORE)

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