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    Kinder Prep Pre-Literacy Program

      New Directions Institute for Infant Brain development and First Things First are presenting a FREE 3-part series of parent-child interactive workshops for children from 3-5 years old.  Sessions focus on inexpensive, at home activities known to encourage brain development and help prepare a child’s brain for success in school. These workshops are for

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    Hurricane Relief Mission Project

    The Desert Southwest Conference will send a work team to travel to New Jersey tentatively on April 6-13, 2013 to help with the recovery from Hurricane Sandy.  The work is expected to include removing and/or installing wall board, flooring or roofing.  Special skills are not required, but some experience in home repairs and maintenance

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    Forgiveness: To forgive others

    It was another tough week on the forgiveness front as we considered our mandate to forgive others, as many as seven times a day, or perhaps as many at 77 times or  even 70 times 7 times.  That’s a LOT!  We are to forgive regardless of whether the other person

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    Forgiveness is not……………………….

                    This week we looked together at some things forgiveness is NOT, which included the following: Forgiveness is NOT denying our hurt to keep the peace Forgiveness is NOT accepting inappropriate blame for our own hurt Forgiveness is NOT just a warm fuzzy feeling toward another

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    Spring Camping Trip

                All Church Spring Camping Trip will be April 19-21st at the Ponderosa Campground, north of Payson.  Campsites will be available for tent camping as well as campers and trailers.  The cost for the tent sites will be about $25, with the camper and trailer

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    Blood Drive

        First United Methodist Church of Gilbert will be holding their next blood drive on Sunday, June 9, in the Activity Center, from 7:00-11:00am To sign up, please visit United Blood Services and use the sponsor code:  FirstUMC, or contact Chris Thompson at 480-892-5640 Donate blood with United Blood Services in

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    What gets in the way of forgiveness???

    I hope you have joined us the last two Sundays for reflections on Forgiveness, which is one of the most central aspects of our faith life.  We are those who are forgiven by God; and we are meant to forgive others as we have been forgiven. We’ve looked at a

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    Reflecting deeply about forgiveness

    As we begin a new year together we will be reflecting deeply about forgiveness. The starting point on Sunday:  understanding ourselves as forgiven people who are called to forgive others.  We thought together about how excessive feelings of guilt and shame can get in the way of experiencing God’s forgiveness,

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    Spend a little time at the Manger……….

    Just one more week to go before we gather to celebrate the birth of Jesus — and that means that many of us have kicked it into high gear.  I know at my house the desire for a rest yesterday gave way to the compulsion to get a little “pre-cooking”

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    Getting to know Joseph

    Last Sunday we talked about Joseph, who was engaged to be married to Mary, and how hard it must have been for him to hear that she was pregnant with a child that was not his.  We thought together about how difficult it must have been to decide to marry