This week's service is a little different as we especially make space for jokes and laughter in the service. This is a “resurrection” (pun intended) of an old Easter custom begun by early Christians. The week following Easter Sunday was observed by the faithful as "days of joy and laughter.” This was inspired by early Christian preachers who envisioned the risen Christ laughing at the devil. I hope you have a joyful worship experience!Read More
When Diane called me this week and asked me to talk for a few minutes about my spiritual gifts journey, I answered right away. No problem! I can do that. How hard can it be, right?
Because even though I am confident that public speaking is neither one of my spiritual gifts nor talents, I can talk for a few minutes about how it is possible to be nearing the end of my fifth decade on this planet and still struggling to figure out what god is calling me to do. Right? How hard can that be?Read More
This past Sunday in worship we explored the difference between “talents” and “gifts.” Sometimes we focus on our talents (what I’m good at) or passions (what we enjoy), and we forget to see how God has specially gifted us as members of the Body of Christ.Read More
Light all the candles.
Today we celebrate Epiphany, the twelfth day of Christmas. Epiphany helps us to remember how the wise men (magi) visited Jesus and gave him gifts of gold, incense, and myrrh.Read More
12 Days of Christmas Devotions
December 26th: Today is still Christmas. Christmas lasts for twelve days! The candles for hope, love, joy, and peace were lit during Advent. At Christmas we continue to share the good news about Jesus by lighting candles and telling others about how Jesus brings hope, love, joy, peace and light.Read More
Christmas Day – December 25th
Today is Christmas. Light all five candles. The first Sunday the candle of hope was lit. The second Sunday the candle of love was lit. The third Sunday the candle of joy was lit. Last Sunday the candle of Peace was lit. Today light the center candle. This candle represents Jesus. Remember Jesus' birth when lighting this candle. The waiting is over!
(Light the first, second, third and fourth candles. Light the center white candle, the Christ candle).Read More
Light the four candles on your wreath.
Read Matthew 1:18-25 Common English BibleRead More
Fourth Sunday of Advent. This is the fourth Sunday in Advent. Today light all four candles. The first Sunday the candle of hope was lit. The second Sunday the candle of love was lit. Last Sunday the candle of joy was lit. This Sunday light the candle of Peace. The world is not always a peaceful world. People hurt each other. Countries are at war. People don't take care of the world. People yell and scream at each other. But God promises peace. We pray we will seek God's peace during advent.Read More
Third Sunday of Advent. This is the third Sunday in Advent. Today light three candles. The first Sunday the candle of hope was lit. Last Sunday the candle of love was lit. This Sunday light the candle of joy. It may be an expectation to be happy all the time as we get ready to celebrate Jesus' birth. Joy is not the same as being happy. Joy is a deeper feeling created by knowing God cares for everyone and sent Jesus as a reminder. During Advent, remember again God's gift of Jesus to the world and know the joy that gift brings to all people.Read More
Second Sunday of Advent. Today light two candles. Last Sunday the candle of hope was lit. This Sunday light the candle of love. One verse many memorize and remember on this day is John 3:16, "God so loved the world..." When people do not know the love of other people, it makes it harder for them to understand God's love. During Advent, remember God's gift of Jesus to the world and know God's love for all people is the reason for this gift.Read More
Today light one candle. This is the candle of hope. Advent is a time of waiting for the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus again and hoping everyone will come to know and worship God.Read More
Welcome to Advent! Advent is the four weeks when we prepare for Christmas. The word “advent” means “coming.” We watch for Christ to come again. Instead of just shopping and decorating, we need to prepare our hearts for Jesus.Read More
George Frederic Handel’s Messiah is perhaps one of the best-known and best-loved oratorios ever written for the Christmas season. Except that it wasn’t written for Christmas, and it’s not exactly a typical oratorio.Read More
In Summer 2006, I interned in Washington, D.C. during the debate on immigration reform. Part of my Senate intern duties included answering the phones, which involved some of the most hateful, xenophobic comments I have ever heard. All I could say was, “The Senator appreciates your call.”Read More
Our annual Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF event on Sunday, October 25 was a rousing success! Not only did everyone have a lot of fun, you raised $348.83 to help kids around the world have access to basic needs like clean drinking water.
In addition, many of you helped raise awareness of this great cause on your social media pages. We were so pleased to see people posting their pictures of our photo booth on their Facebook pages!
If you got home and realized you had pictures on your phone you didn't upload, it's not too late! If you need help uploading your pictures to Facebook, check out the directions below:
If you or a special kid you know wants to raise more money for UNICEF this Halloween, you can print your own label for a jar or box to take with as you Trick-or-Treat or as you have Trick-or-Treaters at your home. Bring your collection back to UUMC on Sunday, November 1 and it will be added to the money already raised! Every little bit helps -- $5 feeds a malnourished child for five days, and $15 provides clean, safe drinking water for a child for a year!
Thank you for your generosity and your heart for kids around the world!
Dear Friends of UUMC,
Thank you all for your understanding and patience regarding our son, Benjamin.
You may know that he has Autism, having been diagnosed as severity level 1 on the Autism Spectrum Disorder. This manifests itself in many ways, most evident to the congregation is that the behavior which he presents can often be challenging to understand, distracting to others, and difficult to manage.Read More
It’s a new school year! I always loved the excitement of syllabus day and learning your new teachers and classmates. At the same time, by the end of September I would realize that I was having trouble keeping up with all of the assignments, and my high hopes of reading every word that was assigned would fall away. At University United Methodist Church, we sometimes have a similar experience. We have lots of exciting, new changes, and it can be hard to keep up with it all!Read More
This guest post is written by Abbi Telander, UUMC's Communications and Office Managers. One of Abbi's jobs is to take care of our neighbors who come to use our Church Door food pantry.
Michael is a regular at our Church Door food pantry. I am almost 100 percent certain he's homeless. He dumpster dives and recently told me he mostly eats ramen noodles people throw out by the case -- or at least he did until the mug broke that he used to heat up the noodles at 7-11.Read More
I recently returned from my last board meeting with the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW), a global agency of the United Methodist Church that works for the full inclusion of women in the church.
Seven years ago, I was elected to the GCSRW board as a recent college graduate. My college boyfriend had just broken up with me—in large part because I was leaving for seminary. He didn’t think that women should be ordained.Read More
“It was in the time of the old revolutionary war between Great Britain and the United States… I was a Methodist. I was indebted to the Methodists, under God, for what little religion I had; being convinced that they were the people of God, …I could not be any thing else but a Methodist, as I was born and awakened under them.” These are the words of Rev. Richard Allen, born a slave in Philadelphia in 1760.Read More