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“It Takes All Kinds”

Published January 30, 2018

“It Takes All Kinds” We have heard that a lot in our lives haven’t we? “It takes all kinds of people to make a world.” I believe this to be true. I also believe that we as the church, and in particular the United Methodist Church, are called to serve all kinds. Jesus commissioned the first disciples and us as well to go and make disciples of all nations, and then to teach these folks to obey everything that Jesus has commanded of us. He then assured us that he will be with us every day until the end of this present […]

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Advent to Christmas

Published December 21, 2017

At Children’s Time in our services, the children have been learning about the candles on the Advent Wreath, and how they symbolize Hope, Love, Joy, Peace, and Christ. And though some may arrange them differently, they all center on Christ. The children may hope that Santa brings the toys they’ve been wishing for; while those in first century Judea hoped to one day live their lives out from under oppression; and we may hope to live our lives as disciples. The children may talk of loving their mothers and daddies, sisters and brothers; people in the time of Jesus may […]

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Christmas Cantata

Published December 12, 2017

I know that we are counting down to Christmas morning when our anticipation will be gloriously answered by the birth of the baby Jesus, and I can think of no better way to celebrate the seasons of Advent and Christmas than to worship through music and voices. The De Leon FUMC Chancel Choir will be performing their cantata, “The Perfect Christmas,” this Sunday the 17th at 10:30 a.m.! Please come early for breakfast at 9:00, and Sunday School at 9:30. I look forward to seeing you there! Pastor John

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Operation Christmas Care

Published November 30, 2017

The Ministerial Alliance of De Leon is sponsoring Operation Christmas Care again this year. Each family will be provided with a basket of food for their Christmas dinner and the children in that home will receive toys donated by the members of the churches. This year, our church is responsible for 20 unwrapped gifts for boys and 20 unwrapped gifts for girls, ages 9 to 12. Please have the toys at the church on or before Tuesday, December 12. You may leave them in the front church foyer. Again, thank you for everything you do to help the children in our community have a blessed Christmas.

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Keepsake Christmas

Published November 30, 2017

De Leon First United Methodist Church will host Keepsake Christmas from 6 p.m. 7:30 p.m. on December 17, 2017 . During this one-hour interactive program, kids and their families will create their very own Keepsake nativity scenes to treasure for years to come. But that’s not all! They’ll also watch as the nativity scene comes to life on stage. Mary, Joseph, and an angel will share memories from the very first Christmas and encourage families to celebrate the best Keepsake of all…Jesus! For more information, call (254)  893-6155.

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Thoughts From Pastor John (November)

Published November 29, 2017

As I watched the news program, I could not believe what I was seeing, hospitals being targeted for bombing in Syria, and even worse than that, the reporter claimed that Syria’s dictator, Bashar al-Assad, would use chlorine gas to make people sick enough to go to the hospitals…then bomb the hospitals. As people of the church, what are we to do with this? We struggle with it and we seek the Christian answer. We seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we seek the presence of God, we await the Messiah. It seems that every time that we see or […]

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Scout Sunday

Published January 23, 2014

Scout Sunday in the United Methodist Church is the second Sunday in February (Feb. 9 in 2014). In a good year, in a effective and aware church, this Sunday can bring together two groups that I consider among the best in the world. (Yes, I know they both have their issues. Yes, I know they are both torn over the “gay issue.” For the record, I think they are both wrong. There, I’ve got that out of the way.) Now, back to my point: More than a half million youth meet in nearly 7,000 UM churches each year as members […]

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Music Monday

Published December 23, 2013

We don’t always see — Lord, please open our eyes.            

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Friday Fun

Published December 20, 2013

This Friday’s funnies are a mixed bag — We LOVE this photo (which captures the occasional reality of the season): From www.jamiliajean.com, via stuffchristianslike.net And, we admit, there are days that go like this (both for the pastor and the dog)! From http://www.dogshaming.com, via stuffchrisitanslike.net And, if that’s not enough, read “Hilarious Church Bulletin Bloopers” from the National Catholic Register at http://bit.ly/J7RgTL An example: “The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.”

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Music Monday

Published December 16, 2013

Matthew West – My Own Little World: Sometimes, we need to get out of our own little worlds:

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