About Pastor Nicole Schwartz-Eck

I am an elder in the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church and am currently appointed as pastor of Coffeyville First United Methodist Church.

Hero Central VBS 2017 Day 3

 

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We had a wonderful time at our final day of Hero Central VBS!

The students enjoyed making Super Color Bubbles in science, enjoyed Cool Down Hero Up Cups with Sidekicks in Snack, making Super Hero Masks in crafts and continued hero training indoors at recreation The students also heard the story of Pentecost from Acts 2:1-41 in Bible Story and practiced their songs in music for Sunday’s program.

After Bible Story, the 5th & 6th graders visited nursing homes and delivered Hope pillows (a craft from earlier in the week) to the residents.

We hope that everyone can join us for our VBS program Sunday, July 16 at our 9:30 a.m. worship service. The children will be sharing the Bible stories, songs and Bible verses they learned throughout our time at VBS. We would love to see the children there at 8:45 a.m. to practice and will be ready to share our program with everyone at 9:30 a.m..

Thank you for sharing your children with us this week. Everyone had a wonderful time!

“Do good! Seek peace and go after it!”
-Psalm 34:14b

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Hero Central VBS 2017 Day 2

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We had another great day at Hero Central! The children heard about Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and learned about the Beatitudes (Matthew 4:23-5:12), made picture frames and hero signs in crafts, enjoyed Pretzel Power Lfts (cheese, grapes and crackers) with Power Jammies, made Super Stress Balls in science and had Hero Challenges recreation. Our 5th & 6th grade mission team put their faith into action by participating in a project with the Salvation Army and First UMC, putting together school supply backpacks and then worked on HOPE pillows for the nursing homes.

In music, the children are working hard on songs for our VBS service this Sunday the 16th at 9:30. We hope that everyone can join us!

Our guiding verse for the week is “Do good! Seek peace and go after it!” from Psalm 34:14b. We are enjoying all the activities this week to help us discover our strength in God, become Heroes, and explore how to serve God and God’s mission for our lives!

 

Hero Central Vacation Bible School 2017 Day 1

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We had a wonderful first day at Hero Central Vacation Bible School! The students enjoyed making pillows, eating Krypto-Kupcakes with Power Punch, playing Hero-Hero-Wisdom, learning songs, making Super Hero Towers, and hearing the story ofJesus going to the Temple from Luke 2:41-52. Our theme verse for the week is “Do good! Seek peace and go after it!” from Psalm 34:14b.

The 5th & 6th grade put their faith into action by focusing on a project in our community. Today they painted bleachers at Walter Johnson Park and picked up trash and debris.

We feel so blessed to have everyone here this week to learn and love God. We look forward to two more wonderful days!

On Sunday, July 16th, we will celebrate VBS during worship. The children and youth who have been participating in VBS will share what they have learned during the week. All of their families and friends are invited to join us for worship at 9:30 a.m and show their support for the kids! Please come worship with us!

Doubt

I love that we read the story of Thomas’ encounter with Jesus after Easter! Thomas’ humanity shines through in full color. He struggles and wrestles with the rest of the disciples story. They told him they saw Jesus. They SAW Jesus! Because he wasn’t with them, because he has a hard time believing the rest of his friends, because he needed a little extra proof- Thomas got the moniker Doubting Thomas.
For many reasons, I am not sure this is fair. Sure, he doubts, just as most of us might have and maybe even do from time to time. But that is not the sum total of his discipleship. He doesn’t remain in his doubt, but through his wrestling and having his questions answered he is able to believe. His faith is increased.
Sometimes, as we read John’s account of Thomas’ conversation with Jesus, it is read as a rebuke when Jesus says, “Do you believe because you see me? Happy are those who don’t see and yet believe.” We assume that Jesus is angry at Thomas for needing proof. However, if you look at the verses before and after, Jesus does not only appear to Thomas, but he allows him to put his hand in his wounds, to touch him- he gives him tangible proof. Jesus also does many miraculous signs with his disciples present. He gives Thomas proof, but he also gives the others abundant proof as well.
Maybe Jesus wasn’t angry after all. Maybe he was simply meeting the disciples where they were- time and time again. Maybe he was simply preparing them once again for the time when he wouldn’t be there. Maybe he was preparing us- the modern-day disciples of Jesus Christ- to have faith when we do not have him standing in the room with us and allowing us to put our hands in his side. Instead, we wrestle with our questions, we only see glimpses of his miraculous signs and his power in our lives and in our world, and yet we believe.
What are your questions? How has your faith grown as you have wrestled with them?

Church News: April 23, 2017

Come celebrate the season of Easter with Coffeyville First United Methodist Church! We will hear lessons from 1 Peter 1:3-9 and John 20:19-31. Our liturgist will be Carmen Winston. As we reflect on the encounters with the risen Christ, Pat McCoy will preach on Thomas and the other disciples first encounter.

First United Methodist is located at 10th and Elm with worship at 8:10 and 10:50 a.m. Children are always welcome in worship. Our 10:50 a.m. worship service is also broadcast live on KQQF 98.9 FM each week.

In addition to worship and Sunday School, there are other opportunities for fellowship and growth. Boy Scout Troop/Pack 47 meets weekly on Monday night at 7:00 p.m and the Girl Scouts Daisy troop meets on Fridays at 6:00 p.m . On Wednesday, visit with Pastor Nicole at Utopia at 9:30 a.m.

Our family movie night has been rescheduled for May 21, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. In honor of the opening of baseball season, the movie will be Angels in the Outfield. We will enjoy pizza and popcorn. All are welcome!

Our office is staffed Monday through Friday from 8:00-11:00 a.m.

At First United Methodist Church, we welcome all peoples with “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors.” To find out more about First United Methodist Church go to www.coffeyvillefirstumc.org or our church Facebook page.

April 19th Church Council Meeting

At our April 19th Church Council meeting, items discussed included:

  • possible repair of the carillon,
  • the stained glass window repair project,
  • scheduling a playground work day for June 24th from 8-12 a.m.
  • the kitchen stove project
  • not having brunches after our single 1st Sunday worship services during the summer (June, July, August, September) and having Sunday School instead
  • finding an Annual Conference lay representative (Grand Island, NE from June 7-10),
  • hosting the Parsons District Care and Share on October 19, 2017
  • allowing Healthy Families to have ESL classes for their children’s families in our classroom space
  • scheduled a special meeting to complete our annual Pastoral Review on Sunday, May 7 after worship (around 10:45) as we did not have full quorum present and it is important to for the review.

Our next meeting is scheduled for May 17th at 5:15. Reports due to Pastor Nicole by May 8th.

All Church Movie Night

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On May 21, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. , FUMC will have all church movie night in Fellowship Hall at 4:00. In honor of the opening of baseball season, the movie will be Angels in the Outfield (CVLI Licensed). Themes include abandonment, disappointment, Father-Son, selfishness, embarrasment, fighting, sports, teamwork, believing in yourself, denial with dignity, passion, angels, miracles, prayer, and more.

We’ll have movie style popcorn, drinks, and pizza. We’ll have coloring sheets for those who arrive early or want to stay late. This is a free event, everyone is invited, and you’re encouraged to bring friends. Feel free to bring sleeping bags, camp chairs, and whatever else you need to get comfortable.