“For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life

You inherited from your ancestors.  And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver.

It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.”

-I Peter 1:18-19


Dear First Family,

In the midst of these violent and challenging times, it is so easy to forget our Savior’s promise to always be with and for God’s own.  As an avalanche of derogatory and hateful labels and activities literally deluge us every day, many are left feeling they are far less than how God created and wants them to be.  Certainly, the reminding message of Scripture – the message that each and every one of us was and remains immeasurably precious to our Creator and Savior! – serve to make us mindful of and bring us back to the much needed and refreshing truth about our Savior.

Are you struggling with thinking and living as one who has been created and called to know and live for Christ our Savior?  Do the calamities and pressures of your life and this world often leave you feeling alone, afraid, or discouraged?  If so, dare to believe in God our Maker and Savior!  Dare to trust in the wisdom, strength, and grace of God’s Holy Spirit dwelling within you!  Dare – if you dare! – to hold tightly, unconditionally to the One Who can and will take you to new heights, to a fresh vision, and renewed strength when you allow.

In this season of grounding grace, we, Christ followers, are reminded of our Lord’s many unending blessings.  Created by God for God, chosen and called to new and abundant life by Christ Jesus, empowered and led by God’s Holy Spirit, we are worth everything to God.  And everything is what our Lord has and shall always do with and for us.   Thanks be to God!


It really is hard to believe that Easter (Resurrection) Sunday is now less than two weeks away!  This weekend, beginning with PALM/PASSION SUNDAY, we will embark upon a phenomenal observance of HOLY WEEK – Jesus’ final week — with both Maundy Thursday (March 29th, at 7:00 PM) and Good Friday (March 30th, at Noon) worship services, here, at First UMC.  On this PALM/PASSION SUNDAY, I’ll be preaching on the true and modern-day meaning and significance of God’s love for us all.  Then on EASTER (RESURRECTION) SUNDAY, we’ll celebrate the wondrous resurrection of the One who still loves and comes to save us.   I’ve challenged each of you to invite at least six (6) people to worship with us on these very special occasions.   Come, worship and praise the Lord with us!

Also, there will be special Easter Offering envelopes available in the pews beginning on PALM/PASSION SUNDAY.  The opportunity to give in support of all God desires within and through the people of First UMC is also available online or by mail.  Please be generous in your support!  And don’t forget to pick up your copy of “HOLY WEEK DEVOTIONS: A 7-day Reading Plan” by Jess Connolly; copies will be on the table in the church narthex.


See you on Sunday!


Peace & Grace,


Rev. Colleen M. Norman