Easter

We celebrate Easter with excitement and joy! Children are excited to search for Easter eggs, a symbol of new life. Many adults remember the traditions which often include attending church in your best Easter clothes and sharing Easter dinner with family.
In church, we shout “Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!” with passion and gusto. We proclaim that Christ overcomes death! We are excited about our faith! It is a blessing for which I am thankful! We need a little excitement, passion, and gusto about our faith!
But what happens after the Easter candy is eaten, the table is cleared, and the Easter clothes are returned to the clothes hamper after church? What happens when Monday, then Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday roll around?
We have a choice as people of faith. We can proclaim a risen Christ and God’s power over sin and death on one Sunday a year and continue to live the rest of the year as though love didn’t win, God didn’t overcome, and Christ is still in the tomb. Or we can embrace Easter as people of faith, proclaiming it with our entire lives every day! It can become a living part of our words and actions, part of the fabric of our very beings.
We can continue to look for signs and symbols of new life every day. We can live and serve as those who have a God and Savior that overcomes brokenness, death and sin. We can participate in communities of faith in order to grow in faith and support one another on the journey.
Will you celebrate Easter for one day or with and through your entire life?

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Church News: April 16, 2017

Come celebrate Easter with Coffeyville First United Methodist Church! We will hear lessons from Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 and John 20:1-18. As we reflect on the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Pastor Nicole will preach “A New Day”. The chancel choir will sing *Easter Alleluia*.

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.

This Sunday, we will also have an Easter potluck brunch at 9:30 a.m. with adult Sunday school during/following, and an Easter egg hunt and activities for all children and youth at 10:00. Everyone is welcome!

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. Administrative/Church Council will meet at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday.

On Sunday, April 23rd at 4:00 p.m., we will have a family movie night. 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 http://www.coffeyvillefirstumc.org or our church Facebook page.

Can These Dry Bones REALLY Live?

When we were young, many of us learned the song:
Ezekiel cried, “Dem dry bones!”
Ezekiel cried, “Dem dry bones!”
Ezekiel cried, “Dem dry bones!”
“Oh, hear the word of the Lord.”
(Copyright Unknown)

If we learned the song, and even the story of Ezekiel and the valley of the dry bones (Ezekiel 37:-14), when we were young, our imaginations might have still been active enough to imagine the Lord bringing the bones back together and coming to life. Many of us had few experiences that would have made us question the power of God to do such miraculous things.

Sometimes, though, as we have aged it gets harder to imagine such events, to believe that God has such power- to renew the dry bones, to raise the dead, or even to heal the sick. It isn’t that we don’t want to believe in God’s power, but our life experiences have given us a frame of reference for such things. We’ve seen few miracles. We’ve prayed for healing that doesn’t come. We’ve had our own struggles and challenges. And, we hear the world, and even other Christians blame God or even claim we have a lack of faith because we experience these things.

Sometimes our spirits, begin to feel parched and beaten like those dry bones. We don’t feel like we are living, really. And we are desperate for God to speak into our lives like he did to the valley of the dry bones and like God did through Jesus to Lazarus. And, most often God does. God speaks into our lives and into our spirits through prayer, scripture, and community. Through unexpected blessings and words of comfort and support. Sometimes, when we are in the midst of the dry places of life, we miss God speaking because it comes in unexpected ways. But God still speaks and brings us to life. True life.

Easter Lilies

You are invited to bring Easter Lilies on Saturday, April 15th or on Easter morning, April 16th. If you plan to bring an Easter Lily and would like to do so in honor of someone or in memory of someone, please let Barbara in the FUMC office know by Wednesday, April 12th or fill out the back of the connection card. Our Easter Lilies will not be identical this year, but will have the potential to be unique like each one of us and our faith journeys. There is joy in remembering this.

Church News: April 2, 2017

On this fifth Sunday of Lent, we continue to reflect on what it means to live our faith. We will be thinking about what it means to believe in God and to believe in the power of Jesus Christ as we hear lessons from John 9:1-41 and Romans 5: 1-11.

First United Methodist is located at 10th and Elm with worship at 9:30 a.m. on the first Sunday of the month with a potluck brunch to follow. Children are always welcome in worship. Our 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. One of our adult Sunday School classes is participating Adam Hamilton’s study, Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn’t Say. 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, the United Methodist Women meet at 1:30 p.m. Trustees will meet at 5:15 p.m., and Choir will practice at 6:30 p.m. On Thursday, Vision Team will meet at 5:15 p.m.

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 http://www.coffeyvillefirstumc.org or our church Facebook page.