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Your Commitment Transforms Me

By Rev. Keith Turman | 2022-11-18 | 4 min read

Boarding the plane in Asheville—our backpacks full and our brains still catching up with reality—Chan and I felt overwhelmed with gratitude. Certainly for the Lily Foundation’s clergy renewal leave grant—this was a ‘once in a lifetime’ moment. It felt like we had won the lottery. But all along the way, for three and a half months, at random times on...

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Why We Give

By Rev. Becky Brown | 2022-11-04 | 4 min read

Each year, as we embrace our stewardship season within the life of the church, I spend time in reflection on why we give. In the midst of the writing deadlines for publications, and the general staff responsibilities for the stewardship campaign, I also consider how our family gives to the church. It isn’t an easy conversation to have,...

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Your Joy is My Joy

By Rev. Keith Turman | 2022-10-22 | 3 min read

My son Ross, aching to be in the great outdoors, lured my dad and me into the forest. It was a beautiful Saturday morning, and our calendars were completely clear, so none of us seemed to mind the long line of cars and motorcycles moving slowly along the Blue Ridge Parkway. By the time we got to the tiny dirt...

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Significance of Confirmation

By Rev. George Thompson | 2022-10-08 | 3 min read

When the novelist Madeleine L’engle gave birth to her first child, she described this as a “kairotic” event. Her reference is to a Greek word describing “sacred time,” or simply “the right time.” Some events in the lives of each of us are best described with this word. We remember some occurrence as having a value transcending ordinary time. Infant...

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An Exciting Time: Fall Ministry Kick-off!

By Rev. Becky Brown | 2022-09-09 | 3 min read

With overwhelming gratitude, we celebrate the start to the Fall ministry season here at FUMC! Last year, we had high hopes for a breath of fresh air and a return to “normal” (whatever that is..), only to have our plans scratched due to another surge in COVID. Even though this virus is still among us, and is something...

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