Pastor’s Blog


30
Nov 2019
"Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service, December 24th 6pm"

Rainbow City First United Methodist wants to invite you and your family to begin the celebration of the birth of our Lord by attending a Candle Light Holy Communion (Lord’s Supper or Eucharist) Service on Christmas Eve at 6 pm. This service will feature the reading from Luke’s Gospel concerning the birth of our Lord as well as songs to celebrate that event. Then, we will have a special Holy Communion service where all are invited to come and partake of the Holy Sacrament. Then, as is our custom, we will light......

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30
Nov 2019
"Blue Christmas Service Sunday, December 22nd at 6 pm"

For many people, Christmas is not a joyous fun-filled time of year. They may have lost a loved one and are facing the first Christmas without them. They may be facing a disease or some other circumstance that causes them to feel less than their best. And so, while everyone else is “Decking the Hall With Boughs of Holly” as they have a “Holly, Jolly Christmas,” they don’t feel so pumped up. Yet, the message of Christmas is that God cares about our hurts and issues. He is concerned with what hurts......

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18
Nov 2019
"Bring Others to Christ: An Act of Thanksgiving"

“I, the LORD, have called you to demonstrate my righteousness. I will guard and support you, for I have given you to my people as the personal confirmation of my covenant with them. And you will be a light to guide all nations to me.”- Isaiah 42:6 Typically, we pastors write an article for our November Newsletters around the theme of thanksgiving. We usually remind us all that we need to reflect upon all that God has done for us this year. We encourage everyone to offer up sincere prayers of thanksgiving......

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30
Sep 2019
"I COME TO SERVE AND NOT BE SERVED"

– Mark 10:45 (My paraphrase) For me, being a Christian means that I: Believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who took on human flesh through the womb of the Virgin Mary. Believe He rose from the dead and is seated at the right hand of the Father. Trust in His Sacrifice that Christ made on the cross. Believe by doing so, I will be forgiven by and reconciled to God, but it also means that I abide by the teachings of Christ such as loving, caring and serving others and......

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30
Aug 2019
Always Valuable and Never a Burden to God

Recently, Bridget and I watched a new movie called Astronaut staring Richard Dreyfuss as Angus. Angus is a widower who is in his eighties and has recently moved into an assisted living facility. In his earlier life, he was a civil engineer who was responsible for the construction of a nearby airport and its runways. Yet, all his life, Angus had dreamed of going into space. Therefore, when he hears about a contest that would allow him to be an astronaut in a new private space jet, he enters it and wins......

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27
Jun 2019
My Third Year Vision: Going After New People

I was born in late 1959 (yes, that means I hit the big 6-0 this year)! Back when I was growing up things were much different than they are today, even in the church. In the 60s until even the mid-1980s, the church was flourishing. In fact it was the “happening place,” because everything was closed on Sunday and everybody “went to church.” But then things began to change, stores are now open and even yard service people work on Sundays. Also, many people in our community do not even care about......

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31
May 2019
Being a Barnabus

“When the church at Jerusalem heard what had happened, they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he arrived and saw this proof of God’s favor, he was filled with joy, and he encouraged the believers to stay true to the Lord.” Acts 11:22-23 Once there was a young boy named Jimmy who played on a little league baseball team. He loved being on the team and all of his teammates and coaches loved him. But there was a problem. He was lousy playing the game! He could not hit or catch the ball. And,......

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10
Apr 2019
Why did Jesus have to die on the cross?

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”- The Apostle Paul I Corinthians 1:18 During the Lent-Easter season, we are reminded of the great sacrifice that our  Lord made in order that we might be redeemed, forgiven, and reconciled. Last year, I did a class on various understandings of the cross event. I know that many of you did not get to attend the class, so I thought I might provide a condensed version of......

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14
Sep 2017
All Are Precious in His Sight

“For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ have put on the character of Christ, putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.”- The Apostle Paul Galatians 3:28 (NLT) When I was in the first grade, my mother made some cupcakes for me to share with my classmates. However, she miscounted and we were one short. As I was handing them out I......

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21
Jul 2017
Christianity 101: Statement of Beliefs: The Christian Faith Through a United Methodist Lens

By Pastor Dee Dowdy… In 1 Peter 3:15, Peter writes, “If you are asked about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.” (NLT) Therefore, I have written a study on the basic tenants of the Christian faith as understood through the Wesleyan theological “lens.” In this study we will consider man topics including creation, fall of humanity, and God’s plan of redemption, the Holy Trinity and the function of the Church. I encourage everyone to come and be part of this study, but I especially urge anyone who is considering......

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