Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.” — John 20:29
Easter Sunday – Wow! Our church was PACKED today! It was wonderful to look around and see so many people. We had visitors, friends who had returned to church, and our regular members. It was great to see the place full. We even had people sit on the front row! Thank you to everyone who attended and we hope you come back again!
Easter is celebrated as Resurrection Sunday. This is the day Jesus rose from the dead, and this is the “good news”! Defeating death and sin, he left the tomb empty. They thought someone stole his body, but they were wrong. Jesus appeared to Mary. He comforted her and told her to tell the others that he had risen. They didn’t believe at first. Two disciples ran to the tomb to check it out for themselves, and they too found the tomb empty. Jesus appeared to the disciples in the upper room. They then believed. The ones that had seen him told the story to Thomas, who was not there when Jesus first appeared. Thomas said he would have to see for himself and touch the wounds in his hands before he believed – aka Doubting Thomas. Jesus appeared to him. Thomas was able to touch and see for himself and believed. Then Jesus said, blessed are those who have not seen, yet they believe. This belief in him equals faith.
I have faith that Jesus Christ was and is the son of God. I have faith that Jesus will come again. I have faith that God is the Almighty Father in Heaven. I have faith that I will go to Heaven one day through Jesus Christ His only Son. These are my beliefs, and beliefs which are shared with so many other Christians. These are beliefs that I pass onto my children.
Today my son, Jake Stephens, completed his confirmation classes by becoming a full member of our church today along with Alexandra Martinez, Jose Calderon, and Lizzie Fergurson. Words cannot express how I felt when I heard my son proclaim his faith to the church. I know Heaven shone a little brighter as these young people proclaimed their faith and joined with like believers. As Jake’s mom, I am so proud of him, and as a church, we are so proud of you all. Congratulations to you!
I openly share the word of God and my faith with my own children and with the children and youth of our church. Tina and I also try to share His word with you in our articles each week. I hope this week, and in the weeks to come, you too will share the good news of Easter. Ease your doubts with faith in Him. Share Jesus Christ with someone today!
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Can you make a joyful noise? The First United Methodist Choir is looking for you! Join them for practice on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary. They perform each Sunday at 11 a.m.. Come and join the fun.
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First Untied Methodist Church has much to offer. Youth, 6th grade – 12th grades, meet on Wednesdays and Sundays. YUMYS, (PK4-5th grades) meet Sunday afternoons. Sunday school for all ages and groups begins at 10 a.m. each Sunday. Worship begins at 11 a.m. each Sunday.
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Come out and meet us; come and let us know what we can do to serve you. We want to welcome you into the family of God. Come join us as we worship our Lord. Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors!