Faith Keepers Women's Ministry will be hosting our annual Women's Retreat on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 8:30am-12:00pm at First United Methodist Church in the Sonrise Room. Come join us for an inspiring morning of spiritual renewal!
Rev. Janet Forbes will be our Key Note Speaker. Also included is 4 Breakout Sessions:
•Depression and Christians
•Healthy Up Your Eating
•Music and Art
Sign-up sheets are found in the Koinonia Room. Join us for this inspirational event.
Everyone Is Invited To Celebrate The Presence Of God Through Engaging Worship, To Connect With The Holy Spirit Through Small Groups (As Well As To Connect With One Another), And To Serve Our Neighbors Locally, Regionally And Globally. 1,100 Members Strong And Growing, All Are Encouraged To Be In Ministry, Using Their God-Given Gifts To Make Disciples Of Jesus Christ For The Transformation Of The World.
8:30 am (Blended)
11:00 am (Traditional)
5:00 pm (Praise Band)
"Thus says the Lord: 'Stand at the crossroads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way lies; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls." Jeremiah 6: 16
February 10 THE JOURNEY OF GRACE Ephesians 1: 4-8 Rev. Mary Schmidt
Grace is the foundation and fuel of the spiritual journey. Grace is the doctrine over which United Methodists will go to the mat. It is the heart of our understanding of the nature of God and our picture of the Christian life, growing into the likeness of Christ on the journey toward maturity.
February 17 A Certain Style - I I Peter 1: 3-5 (The Message); Hebrews 8: 10-11 (NRSV)
Rev. Janet Forbes
Six words are poised, like an upside-down pyramid, on the base of a three-letter word. This little word resounds like a drumbeat, unleashing spiritual power wherever it is practiced in United Methodist congregations. This tiny, gigantic word is "All." Three BLESSINGS offered to ALL: All may come. All may receive. All may enjoy.
February 24 A Certain Style - II I Peter 1; 3-5 (The Message) Rev. Janet Forbes
The Methodist people live by a certain style, bearing three RESPONSIBILITIES for ALL: All must learn. All must serve. All must share.
At the 11:00 service, we welcome the sixty children of the Casper Children's Chorale, sharing their musical leadership.
March 3 Three Simple Rules Dr. Patricia Bell, Pastoral Intern
United Methodist people seek to live by three simple rules: do no harm, do good, and stay in love with God. The rules are simple, but the way is not easy. Only those with great courage will attempt it, and only those with great faith will be able to walk this exciting and demanding way.
Many lifelong United Methodists have fond memories of their confirmation class. Sometime during adolescence, they met with a group of their peers, some adult leaders, and their pastor. They may have gathered weekly in the church basement, during a youth Sunday school class, or maybe for a weekend retreat at a campground. When the classes were complete, they then stood before their congregation, where the pastor and others put their hands on them while a blessing was said. Some then received a special lunch or a gift from their church. Although confirmation is not a sacrament in The United Methodist Church, it is an important marker along our spiritual journeys.
At baptism, we are initiated into the new covenant in Jesus Christ and membership in the Church, Christ's body in the world. For many, this happens when they are very young. We recognize children are members of their human families, but no one expects them to clean their rooms or empty the dishwasher until much later. In the same way, baptized infants are members of the Church-the family of faith-but are not yet capable of sharing everything involved in membership.
Confirmation is an opportunity to respond to the grace of God available to us, as acknowledged in baptism, and to promise to live as a person of faith. What God offers us must be accepted in repentance and faith. Confirmation and reaffirmation of baptism are our responses of commitment, profession of faith, and rededication.
Confirmation for Youth, 6th grade and older, will begin on Sunday, January 27, in Room 15 at 9:45am. Janet Forbes, Mike Eisenman, Mary Schmidt, and Lisa Carter will serve as confirmation leaders. Youth who have already been confirmed will join us as "ex-cons"! If the young people choose to confirm their faith, the confirmation ritual will be celebrated on Palm Sunday, April 14. If you are interested in having your child or grand-child participate in this experience, please call the church office (307-234-9385) to register, clink the link at www.funccasper.com, or email email@example.com.
Interim Senior Pastor, Rev. Janet, will welcome new members to the community of First United Methodist Church at both morning worship services on the First Sunday of each month. She will also offer a class, Orientation to the United Methodist Church, monthly on the first Sunday in room 207 for any persons interested in learning more about this faith tradition. All are welcome!