For each of us there are places where the threshold between this world and the next seems so dangerously thin, that with a few more steps, walking through a door or the lifting of a veil. we encounter an entirely
new realm of existence.
The ancient Celts called this space, ‘thin places.‘
When Moses ran into God in the burning bush wilderness, he was advised to remove his sandals for the arena in which he now stood was ‘holy ground.’
With this Sunday’s text as Moses receives the Law on Mt. Sinai and Jesus is transfigured (both on mountain tops) we find ourselves in liminal space
New Church Start, North Georgia Conference of the UMC
1. Began with launch team of 25 in 2007
2. More than 1800 attendees each Sunday, 2017
3. More than 400 people in small groups yearly
4. Fastest growing United Methodist Church to date
Keys to IMPACT CHURCH growth:
Vision-statement and goal-oriented (vision posted and reviewed each Sunday)
Unique location in old school building to maximize community impact
Leverage building for community programs and ministries
Willing to adapt, be flexible and consistently ‘think outside the box” to reach 21st century
folks with the Gospel.
Bob Kesling, The Voice of the Vols (Center)
Among 13 other other community leaders sharing their best leadership practices for Holston clergy was
the ”Voice of the Vols‘ for Tennessee Football and Basketball on the Vol Network, Bob Kesling.
Bishop Richard Looney,
interim pastor of Church Street UMC
in Knoxville also joined us!
Pastor Michelle, New Mexico Clergy Coaching Class, October 2016
After one-year of certified coach training foundational classes, electives, 100+ coaching hours and professional credentialing, Pastor Michelle is one exam away from her International Coaching Federation (ICF) ACC Coaching Credential. Thanks to each of you who have put your trust in her for personal coaching sessions. She indicates that her door is always open to all for any pastoral care and personal/life/marital etc…coaching needs!
Click below to see the difference between COACHING and COUNSELING.
Amy came to The River Service by invitation from her family, Cindi and Gina Carnahan..Amy is mother of two lovely daughters and wife to Eric, After nearly 6 months of faithful attendance, we asked her recently
why she stayed at First?
In addition to meaningful worship, a cutting-edge Sunday School class and a super friendly congregation,
Amy noted she is attracted to the missional pulse of our church. With her family having provided temporary housing for refugees when she was a youngster, ministries like Family Promise have great appeal to her. Amy is excited about getting more involved in the various outreach ministries of First.
Be sure to greet her by name when you see her next!
PERSONAL INVITATION remains the #1 BEST WAY to get folks to church.
People trust people they know.
Spring is in the Air
Suzanne Goyette & Julie Blanton
have weeded the Children’s Department
Still Needed: someone with a truck to transport compost.
DeVonne Phipps is an experienced director of human services and an innovative program developer. She has worked as a direct service provider and director in various roles and programs since 1989. She is a Qualified Mental Health Professional, earned her Bachelors of Arts in Human Services and a Masters in Business Administration from Concordia University St.Paul, MN.
DeVonne resides in Abingdon, Virginia.
With the hiring of DeVonne, our Executive Director position has moved to full-time! A big step of faith!
First UMC is a partner church of BFIA and our pastor serves on the BFIA Board,
We had an exciting lesson today with Donna Camper!
We also searched for the lost coin & lamb, and herded balloon sheep into a cardboard pen.
Bristol Cooperative Parish
February 14, 2017
Host: First Bristol
1. First UMC
2. Addilynn UMC
3. South Bristol UMC
4. Weaver UMC
5. Beech Grove UMC
6. St Luke UMC
Unable to attend that day:
Anderson Street/Virginia Avenue, Trinity, John Wesley and Aldersgate