“Differing Disciples” by Rev. Caela Simmons Wood

Posted on March 17, 2013

Sermon Text: John 12: 1-8 I often joke that I must have been especially hard to train for ministry because I had to go to seminary twice. The first time, I was right out of college and at the ripe old age of 21, had a difficult time imagining myself as the pastor of a


Crazy Sharing by Rev. Dr. Jack E. Skiles

Posted on March 10, 2013

Sermon texts: Psalm 34:2-7 and Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 Our Scriptures focus heavily on forgiveness this morning.  A lot of folks argue that forgiveness is the foundation of Christianity that sets us apart from all other faith systems.  Really? I don’t think so.  Many faith systems include forgiveness as a key spiritual discipline.  What Christianity became


Spiritual Direction: A New Ministry of First United Church

Posted on March 5, 2013

First United is pleased to announce that a new Spiritual Direction ministry is available, for both individuals and groups within the church and the community at large, with Dawna Petersen as a Spiritual Director. Spiritual Direction is an ancient and contemporary spiritual discipline that is exercised between a spiritual director and a person seeking to become


“Exile and Return” by Rev. Caela Simmons Wood

Posted on March 3, 2013

Sermon Text: Isaiah 55: 1-13 I think it may have been my first day of seminary when this horribly embarrassing thing happened to me. I was sitting in my Introduction to the Old Testament Class and our professor was going on and on about some kind of exile. Now, I knew what the word exile


“Exile and Return” by Rev. Caela Simmons Wood

Posted on March 3, 2013

Sermon Text: Isaiah 55: 1-13 I think it may have been my first day of seminary when this horribly embarrassing thing happened to me. I was sitting in my Introduction to the Old Testament Class and our professor was going on and on about some kind of exile. Now, I knew what the word exile meant,