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Worship Preview 7.23.23 Walking Together: Celebrating Native American Ministries

This Weekend: “Walking Together: Celebrating Native American Ministries” Scriptures: Romans 8:12-25 and Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43. Guest Speaker Courtney Freeman Fowler (Mvskoke-Creek).

This Sunday, we welcome Courtney Freeman Fowler to the pulpit at First United Methodist. Fowler is the former Lay Leader for the Great Plains United Methodist Conference, and she will be celebrating the current work and ministries of the Oklahoma Indian Mission Conference, which has several native congregations in Kansas and Nebraska, as well as the Great Plains Council on Native American Ministries. We will collect the annual Native American Sunday special offering, which supports the development and strengthening of Native American ministries in the annual conferences, Native American rural, urban, reservation ministries, and communities relating to the General Board of Global Ministries, as well as scholarships for developing indigenous leaders. Pastor Christopher Eshelman decided to schedule our offering and Ms. Fowler’s message, to piggyback off the wonderful Wahzhazhe Osage Ballet, hosted by Friends of the Fort, this past Thursday and Friday. We look forward to learning more about how we walk together with this part of our connection.

No matter where you are on your own journey of faith, you are invited to join in fellowship, worship, and celebration 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 our new web site at and click “New Visitors” for more information on what to expect.

Upcoming Events: Wednesday, July 26, 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.

Friday, July 29th –Faith’s Journey in Concert. Invite Your Friends! First UMC will host a concert by the award winning Branson trio Faith’s Journey at 6pm Friday, July 28th. They describe their music as Absolutely Country, Definitely Gospel and were Branson’s 2021 Gospel Show and Group of the year. A freewill offering will be collected for the band.

Friday, August 4th - Shepherd’s Center / Adventures in Learning - 1-4pm. With a keynote by Linda McGee as she wraps up her field experience time with us and featuring breakout sessions with Officer Michael Trim on avoiding scams, Austin Bolinger from Tri-Valley with fall gardening tips, Jill Jaworski from the Fort Scott NHS and Peggy Cummings from Old Fort Genealogical Society with information about those local resources. First UMC in Fort Scott is partnering with the national network of Shepherd’s Centers to provide educational and social opportunities that bring older adults together. Our signature Adventures in Learning program supports personal growth and discovery with courses, cultural enrichment workshops, hobby and recreational opportunities. Shepherd’s Centers counteract the negative effects of loneliness and isolation by connecting older adults to empowering programs that foster friendships. No charge to attend and snacks provided! Register by calling (620) 223-1950 and leaving a message, email or check the Shepherd’s Center page on our web site Invite a friend to come for learning and fellowship!



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