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Worship Preview 10.15.23 Therefore: Responding & Rejoicing!

First United Methodist Church

This Weekend: “Therefore, Responding & Rejoicing” Scriptures: 1 Peter 1:3-9 and 13-25, Ephesians 1:15-23. Rev. Christopher Eshelman preaching.


Sunday will be a celebration at First United Methodist! We will welcome new members and reaffirm the core of our Christian faith and Wesleyan heritage. As we do so, we will hear readings from the early church that talk about living out our faith. Our call is to become like Christ, which we can do not by ourselves or our will but because of God’s grace. To become and be holy is to dwell in Christ, to rely on Christ, to live with faith and hope with obedience, knowing that suffering and even death do not have the final word.

For ‘All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord endures for ever.’

Many members of our congregation, community and, of course, the world have been having a difficult time of late. We are reminded that we do not journey through this life alone and that God can make a way, even when there seems to be no way. As we seek peace and justice, that work necessarily begins within ourselves. We respond to God’s grace and we rejoice!


No matter where you are on your own journey of faith, you are invited to join in worship and celebration at 10:30am at 301 S. National, coming just as you are, with your questions, doubts and hopes - and to experience the transformative, healing love and grace of Christ - which makes us whole. Visit www.firstumcfortscott.org/newvisitors for more information on what to expect.


Upcoming Events: Wednesday, October 18, 5:30 pm Feeding Families in His Name – this weekly free meal is available to everyone without obligation. A “to-go” meal is distributed under the portico at 301 S. National. Note: Please do not block nearby driveways while waiting. Thank you.

Ways to Help: Would your group like to help prepare a meal or volunteer in other ways – contact Pastor Christopher or our coordinator Bonnie Milburn at the church (620) 223-1950. Donations to sustain this ministry are also deeply appreciated and can be directed to Feeding Families in His Name, c/o First UMC 301 S. National, Fort Scott, KS 66701. We are deeply appreciative of our community partners and volunteers that make this ministry possible!

TRUNK OR TREAT – Tuesday, October 31 at 5:30pm. Our 3rd Annual event will start at 5:30pm. Bring the kids and grandkids for a fun time with the people of First UMC. We’ll have candy, games, and fellowship. Those decorating cars can setup at or before 5pm, lot will be blocked off for safety about 5:20pm, kids can come collect the treats from 5:30pm to 6:30pm! See you there!


SIGN UP FOR OUR NATIVITY SHOWCASE – December 1st and 2nd, as part of Christmas on the Bricks, we will have our first annual display of nativity sets and creche’s from members and friends in our fellowship hall and you are invited to be a part of it. See our website to register a favorite set of yours to be part of the display then plan to visit to see them all Friday from 5-8pm and Saturday 10-2pm. https://www.firstumcfortscott.org/nativity-showcase for details.



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