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First Words - Last Words

By Rev. John Scott | 2024-04-18 | 5 min read

Having been an attorney in Kentucky for over fifty years, I can now look back at the approximately 8,000 Wills I wrote for clients during my career. More than a few of those were “deathbed Wills” where people would wait until the very last minute to finally get around to making a Will. The most memorable “deathbed Will” I wrote...

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Easter Has Come and Gone. Now What?

By Rev. Keith Turman | 2024-04-04 | 4 min read

On that first Easter evening, Jesus appeared to the disciples and said to them: “It is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And...

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Holy Week

By Rev. Patricia Parrish | 2024-03-21 | 3 min read

March 24th is what is traditionally known as Palm Sunday. Many congregations have rich traditions surrounding the celebration of this day in the Christian calendar. Often children will process into the sanctuary waving palms while adults hold their own festive branch or have one pinned to their clothes. Sometimes children’s choirs will sing, or crosses made of...

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In the Tree

By William Everett | 2024-02-22 | 4 min read

In the Tree By William Everett In the past year Sylvia and I have become fans of Baratunde Thurston’s ”America Outdoors,” which airs on one of our local PBS stations. Others may know him for his wit and humor on Trevor Noah’s “The Daily Show.” We know him only as the wise, curious, adventurous guide to the human and natural...

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The God We Can Know

By Rev. Keith Turman | 2024-02-07 | 2 min read

In the Gospel of John, Jesus gives us the "I Am" sayings—meaningful metaphors and vivid images capturing our imagination, and revealing Jesus’ identity and purpose. During the season of Lent, First United Methodist Church is embarking on a 7-week journey with Rob Fuquay, former pastor of Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church, who explores what Jesus meant when he said “I...

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