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.

Rolling River Rampage VBS 2018 Day 3

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We had a wonderful time at our final day of Rolling River Rampage VBS!

The students enjoyed making stained glass in Discovery and checking on their crystals, enjoyed Smores on a Stick and watermelon in Snack, making cross zipper pulls in Crafts and played water balloon games at Recreation The students also heard the story of Zacchaeus from Luke 19:1-10 (correction from Wednesday: our story was Jesus calling the disciples from Matthew 4:18-25) in Bible Story and practiced their songs in music for Sunday’s program.

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

We hope that everyone can join us for our VBS program Sunday, July 15 at our 9:00 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 8:15 a.m. to practice and will be ready to share our program with everyone at 9:00 a.m.. We do have transportation available if parents are unable to attend. Call Pastor Nicole by 4:00 Saturday at 913-360-4500. If your child rode transportation to VBS this week, Pastor Nicole will be calling to check if transportation is needed Sunday.

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

“When you pass through the waters I will be with you”
– Isaiah 43:2

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Rolling River Rampage VBS 2018 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 God’s Eyes crafts, enjoyed river mud with frogs and canoe cookies with river water, made balloon rockets in science. Our 5th & 6th grade mission team put their faith into action by helping at Genesis, putting food away and helping them prepare to receive another truckload from the Kansas Food Bank.

In music, the children are working hard on songs for our VBS service this Sunday the 15th at 9:00. We hope that everyone can join us!

Our guiding verse for the week is “When you pass through the waters I will be with you” from Isaiah 43:2.. We are enjoying all the activities this week to help us experience the ride of a lifetime with God and explore how to serve God and God’s mission for their lives.

Rolling River Rampage VBS Day 1

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We had a wonderful first day at Rolling River Rampage Vacation Bible School! The students enjoyed making pillows, eating watermelon, having sack races and water relays, learning songs, making borax crystals and marshmallow slingshots, and hearing the story of Jesus walking with Zacchaeus from Luke 19:1-10. Our theme verse for the week is “When you pass through the waters I will be with you” from Isaiah 43:2.

The 5th & 6th grade put their faith into action by participating in a project with the Salvation Army and First UMC, putting together school supply backpacks. Tomorrow they will unpack pallets of food and prepare bags of food at Genesis.

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 15th, 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 9:00 a.m and show their support for the kids! Please come worship with us!

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

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?