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    “I believe in the Holy Spirit”

      “I believe in the Holy Spirit” Not many words, but many, many meanings.  When we affirm our belief in the Spirit we affirm that God is present with us  as the Holy Spirit to comfort, console, guide, teach, lead, empower, enable, and change us; that our God is not

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    Michael Stephenson Memorial

    Friends of First United Methodist Church, It has been a difficult week for our church family, and we are trying to be sure that all persons who call this church home have heard our sad news.  Michael Stephenson, Director of Children and Youth Ministries at First UMC, fell and sustained

  • Aloha Pastor Eve

    Effective July 1, 2013 Rev. Eve Williams will assume the role of Associate Pastor at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church. We are very proud of Rev. Williams and know that her many gifts and talents will be deepened through her new assignment. Rev.  Williams is much loved by our congregation

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    Summer Volleyball Progams

    Summer is right around the corner and that means church volleyball. First United Methodist Church of Gilbert has traditionally done a great job participating and promoting the summer volleyball programs. Let’s make sure that 2013 is no exception!! The following leagues will be organized: Jr. High – team members must

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    Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, ……….

    Who was  conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried.”I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth….. So few words; so much deep meaning.  When we repeat this phrase of the Apostle’s Creed we are affirming

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    I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth…..

      I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth….. AND in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord.     So few words, so many deep meanings!  When we repeat this second phrase of the Apostle’s Creed we are affirming many things: That Jesus IS the

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    Apostle’s Creed

        I hope you were in worship last week when we began our exploration of the Apostle’s Creed.  We talked about the origins of the Creed:  how it began as a series of questions posed to persons seeking baptism and membership in the church in about the third century

  • Easter is only the beginning………………………………..

    What a glorious Easter we shared together on March 31!  The early hour in the garden, with the sun peeking over the horizon, was a very special blessing.  But it was followed by a series of blessings:  services with brass and choirs and praise bands, acknowledging again and again the

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    Signs of Spiritual Growth

    This week will bring us to the end of our Lenten journey, as we gather on Thursday to remember the night when Jesus celebrated Passover with his friends and forever transformed it by lifting bread to say, “This is my body, given for you;” by lifting wine and saying “This

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    Imitating God – Generosity……….

    I am so grateful for the Rev. Dr. Robert Stanley, who filled in for me Sunday after I became ill late Saturday.  I asked if he would be able to preach on the spiritual discipline of generosity, and with no notice whatsoever (I think we talked about 8:30 p.m. Saturday