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Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

They are just 14 square feet, but the warmth and comfort they provide are immeasurable. They are the “ugly quilts” Donna Rector and others make as part of My Brother’s Keeper Quilt Group’s Sleeping Bag project, a nationwide coalition of individuals and groups who make simple sleeping bags for the homeless. Donna first heard about The Sleeping Bag project through her sister, who saw a story about My Brother’s Keeper on television approximately eight years ago. She went online and found the instructions to make the sleeping bags and got Donna and her two other sisters interested. Using fabric remnants,…

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Easter Egg Hunt, April 20

An egg-citing event is coming to First United Methodist Church at 1:30pm on Saturday, April 20. An Easter Egg Hunt and eggstravaganza and is planned providing fun for children and their families. The egg hunt will take place on the church grounds including the community garden space. In addition to the egg hunt, a scavenger hunt and fun activities designed for kids age 1 through grade 6 are planned. In order to make this event a success, we are asking for donations of bagged candy to place in the eggs. You can drop off candy in the tote located in…

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Community Garden Plots Available

Thinking about spring? Community Garden plots are now available at the corner of 4th and Phillip Avenue. Plots are available for rent on an annual first-come, first-served basis, with returning gardeners receiving priority. The cost per plot is $30 and is open to both members and nonmembers. The Community Garden offers the opportunity to grow fruits, vegetables and flowers; spend time outdoors enjoying nature; and share gardening knowledge and skills with others. For more information and to reserve a plot, call the church office or visit norfolkumc.org/garden.

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Flood Interfaith Prayer Service Planned for Thursday, April 4

The Norfolk Ministerial Association will host a special interfaith prayer service on Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Norfolk. “An Evening of Community Prayer and Support” is a nondenominational service open to all members of the community. In light of the recent flooding that impacted our area, clergy members felt called to provide a way to show solidarity and pray for those impacted by the flooding in Norfolk, Nebraska and the rest of the Midwest. The evening will be an opportunity for members of the community to gather, reflect on the flood’s impact and…

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Stitched with Love

The new "Faith with Fabrics" class teaches charity with love Previous Next It's late afternoon on a sunny Wednesday, and eight girls excitedly bounce up to the second floor, grab a snack and uncover their sewing machines. Among scissors, needles, thread and fabric, they set out to finish yet another sewing project. “One for me, one for someone else!” they exclaim. Although often, it’s “one project for someone else, then another project for someone else, then another…” They are part of the new class “Faith with Fabrics” under the direction of Judy Mischke. The class, designed for children in grades…

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Response to the General Conference Special Session

by Pastor Rai The three-day Special Session of the General Conference called to address the inclusion of LGBTQ+ persons into the full life of the United Methodist Church concluded in St. Louis, Mo., on Tuesday, Feb. 26. The Traditional Plan passed by a margin of 54.3% votes in favor of the plan to 47.7% votes against, a margin of 54 votes. The Traditional Plan affirms the church’s current bans on ordaining LGBTQ+ clergy and officiating at or hosting same-sex marriages. Additionally, the plan enhances the accountability to the church’s requirements and streamlines the process of penalty enforcement for those who…

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World Day of Prayer Service, March 7

This year, the women of the World Day of Prayer Committee of Slovenia call us to worship considering the words “Come—Everything Is Ready.” With these words as backdrop, we are invited to learn about Slovenia’s history and rich cultural diversity. The women of Slovenia share their stories of intergenerational wisdom, traditions, and experiences of God’s profound love and acceptance. The focus is on Jesus’ parable of the Great Dinner (in Lk. 14:15–24). One phrase in theworship service especially captures the ideas we will explore: “Welcoming God, in your love, you have prepared a table for all, and you inspire us…

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Events for Wednesday, Feb. 20 Canceled

The following activities for Wednesday, Feb. 20 have been canceled: UMW Organizational MeetingPastor's Noon Bible StudyFaith with FabricsYouth Group The Chancel Choir practice scheduled for 6:30 p.m. has not yet been canceled. Please stay tuned or contact Linda Boullion for updates.

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Children’s Lent Bible Study

All kids grades first through sixth are invited on a seven-week Lenten journey! The “Totally Lent” Bible study will meet on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. starting March 6 in Room 204. A light supper will be provided. The study kicks off on Ash Wednesday. The class will meet for 30 minutes and all are invited to attend Ash Wednesday worship services at 7 p.m. This Lenten journey will enrich your child’s faith and foster their spiritual growth. Each week begins with a two-page introduction designed to help young people explore Lenten practices and learn more about how their Church celebrates…

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