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Worship Preview 4.28.24

First United Methodist Church         


This Sunday: 10:30am – “Beloved Children Abide in Him and Be Fruitful With Lay Speaker Marve Ralston preaching.

Scriptures –  1 John 4:7-21 and  John 15:1-8


Abide. Dwell. Connect. Gather. Through this season of Easter we have heard the call to rest in and be equipped by God revealed in the risen Christ. This Sunday, Pastor Christopher is taking some time for rest and renewal with his family and we are blessed to have Lay Speaker Marve Ralston with us to proclaim, as 1 John’s reading says, that “God is Love” and to explore the metaphor Christ uses of the Vine.


Marve serves the UMC as our Five Rivers District Administrative Assistant. In addition to being a Certified Lay Speaker. Marve is the mother of three grown children, grandmother to five grandchildren ages 4-20, and has been married to her husband Lonnie for 43 years. They live in Baldwin City. Marve’ has been studying to become a Certified Lay Minister since 2019 and passed the final interview last November for initial certification. She loves to camp, watch any sport or program her grandchildren are in, chase after their two Australian Shepherds and Weimaraner, relax with her cat Scotchie, and hang out with family and friends. High on her list of favorite things is visiting, sharing God’s Word, and Worshipping with our district local churches.


You are invited to connect with us on Sunday and explore the next steps on your journey. You don’t have to have it all figured out, bring your questions, doubts and hopes as we worship and seek to bear good fruit as we follow Christ together!


Upcoming Events: 


Wednesday, May 1 5:30–6:30pm: 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. A reminder: Please do not block nearby driveways while waiting. Thank you. If you would like to support this ministry, you can make donations online at

We also need groups to cook and help serve the meal – if you’d be interested in taking a week, please call the church office at 620-223-1950 and we will get you in touch with the coordinator. We are thankful for all the churches and local organizations that assist with this ministry!


Thursday, May 2nd – Pioneer Kiwanis hosts the Chamber Coffee at 8am in Fellowship Hall. To recognize and celebrate the National Day of Prayer, Pioneer Kiwanis invites you to come and hear about what is happening in Fort Scott as they host the weekly chamber coffee.


June 17th – 21st We are hosting VBS this year. We continue to partner with our friends at First Presbyterian but will host Vacation Bible School in our building this time. Mark your calendar for June 17th – 21st in the evenings and watch for more information in the coming months. Plan to bring your kids or grandkids for a great week of faith and fun rooted in Scripture.





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