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Moscow First United Methodist Church is an exciting place to be. It is filled with the sound of choirs and congregants raising their voices in praise to God, with bells ringing and the historic clock chiming the hours. It is filled with children laughing, families working together, and seniors sharing their stories. Above all, however, it is filled with the people of God who are earnestly listening for the voice of God. I invite you to join with us in our many activities but mostly I invite you to join us as we encounter the God who comes into our midst as we gather together. Grace and Peace, 
Debbie Sperry, Pastor

Pastor-Debbie---May-14-2017

 

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Pastor Debbie's E-Devotion - February 15, 2018

As we begin the season of Lent, we are invited to make intentional commitments to our faith life and practices so we may draw closer to God. On this day of love and ashes, we are reminded both of God's deep abiding love for us, and the impermanence of our own lives.

And tragically, today, we have seen the death of too many as we read and watch news of the school shooting in Parkland Florida. It's one thing to contemplate our own mortality as we give thanks for the gift of life through Christ. It is wholly another to see the sudden death of children and try and share God's love and presence even in the face of terrible evil.

 

In the face of tragedy, I know words fall short. I don't have answers or solutions. I have no magic (or divine) power to bring them back from the dead. But I do have prayers--for the families of those who were shot, their friends who witnessed such awfulness, the shooter, his family, the first responders, the community, and our nation.

 

While I wish I could give us a world where our kids knew nothing of gun violence, I will give you what I have instead...my prayer:

 

Will you pray with us?
Merciful and loving God
We cry out to you
Our hearts are aching
as more children have faced gun violence
in a place that should be safe
in a place where friendships are formed
in a place that is meant to grow us into better people
and yet still so many are hurting
isolated
angry
and bitter
We need you, Lord
to guide us
and heal us
and change us into the community you have called us to be
For those who are in the shockwaves of grief
We ask for comfort and solace
For those just hearing the news, we ask for ears to hear
For those seeking to help
We ask for wisdom, care, and compassion
For our nation
which needs to learn your ways
with all that we are
in all that we do
We ask that your voice would be loud and clear
that we would have courage and humility
to submit our own will
that your will would come
here on earth
in this nation
in these states
in these towns
in our schools
In Jesus' name, we pray,
amen.

 

 

 

May God bless you,
Pastor Debbie

 

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Pastor Debbie's E-Devotion - January 22, 2018

Good morning!
We've had some questions about pushpay (our online giving option) and if it's up and running. We are delighted that it's up and working well. For those of you who would like to take advantage of online giving, or use our app, please follow the directions below.

For online giving:
You can use an account transfer, a debit card, or a credit card. You can do one time gifts (like for the Africa Sunday, youth ministries or Easter) or you can do a recurring gift (like your tithe). To create a Pushpay account: go to https://pushpay.com/g/moscowfirstumc. or you can go to our website: www.moscowfirstumc.org and click "giving" on the upper left and it will take you to our push pay page.

Once you're on the pushpay page:
1. Enter the dollar amount you would like to give, use the drop down to choose where you would like your gift to go, and click Next.
2. Enter your mobile number, click send code. Enter code from the text for secure sign in. If using a landline, click need help and choose "receive code via voice call"
3. Enter your personal information including email.
4. Enter your giving information (account info, or card number).
5. Click confirm on final page with giving amount and giving information. You should receive an email confirmation of your gift within minutes.

For our app:
you can use either googleplay or the app store and look for "Echurch" (it is a white double triangle steeple with a cross on top, sky blue background). It is a free download. Once you have that installed it will ask for your church name, enter "Moscow UMC" (no space). Our app and information should load for you including events, small groups, and giving. You can also establish your online giving through the app.

If you have any questions, please contact Zach Wnek, Pastor Debbie, or a member of the finance committee.

 

 

 

In Christ
Pastor Debbie

 

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Pastor Debbie's E-Devotion - January 11, 2018

I like to think of myself as someone who is on top of it. I don't always manage things in the perfect balance that I would like, but the work gets done, calls get made (mostly), kids are fed, house is cleaned (if not picked up), and things run in decent order. Most of the time, I can even field a curve ball. But sometimes, there are things that pop up that I just don't have time for. You know, a broken this, a leaking that, a forgotten other, a missed bill....something that is just a little too much to handle in the moment, so if it's not an emergency, it waits.

Well, I have one of those things. It's the tire light in my car. Not the regular low pressure tire light (OK, so that's on too), but more like an alert. I don't know what it really means other than that there's a problem with my tires and I should have them checked. But, I don't have time for that. So it's waiting. Only, I know it won't wait forever. I keep waiting for the day that I blow the tire, or it goes flat and I get to change it in the snow and ice. But for now, it's troublesome, but not overly so, so it keeps waiting.

 

I know, you'll want me to get the tire/s fixed, or at least checked, and I will (I know they won't wait forever). But the point of this isn't my negligence on car care, it's the way we often find that one thing that's just a little too much for right now that we keep putting off. But really, it could be a much bigger deal than we'd like to admit. But we don't really want to face that reality either. So we keep avoiding it until we can't. A lump, a spot, a pain. Maybe the regular fight with a spouse, or the silence from our kids. Something isn't quite right. It's troublesome, but not sounding the alarm, so we keep moving it aside for the sake of all the other things.

 

Yet, if we're honest, it needs our attention. And the warning light is our sign. We shouldn't wait for the blow out or the flat to take care of it. It should happen right about now. Is there something like that for you? Nagging about a problem? Needing more time than you'd like to afford? But really shouldn't be avoided? Will you attend to it? Will you make the call? Or the appointment?

 

Because maybe it could wait....but maybe it will be 10 times worse if you do.

 

In Christ,
Pastor Debbie

 

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Pastor Debbie's E-Devotion - January 3, 2018

Normally, I'm a die-hard for the Christmas season. Christmas decorations go up the day (or two) after Thanksgiving and they stay up all the way until Epiphany...since that's the full Christmas season. This year, I needed to restore a little order to the house and wasn't willing to wait for January 6th. So I put things away over the weekend. Regardless, every year, one thing is always true. No matter how thoroughly I check the house, there is always something that remains from Christmas. Sometimes it's the lone ornament that I missed on the tree. Sometimes it's my Christmas apron or a dish towel with the holiday theme. Sometimes a trinket, or something larger. Christmas has a way of persisting. And it's a nice reminder....all the things we love about Christmas—the sights, the smells, the feelings, the family, the goodness of God given to us through the Christ child are meant to persist. We aren't to box them up for another 11 months, longing for what they mean to us. Instead, Christmas should linger....little touches and moments that help us hold onto the holy in our midst. And remember, that holy one comes to us in the chaos, the clutter, the stress, the sickness, the loneliness...all of it...any of it. We don't have to have it right for God to show up. As you clean up from Christmas, I invite you to leave a reminder somewhere in your home where you will be reminded to let Christmas linger a little longer into the year.

 

May God bless you,
Pastor Debbie

 

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Pastor Debbie's E-Devotion - December 1, 2017

 After following Christ, I would say community is the most important part of being a Christian. Lots of us have faith practices that we do alone, but being a Christian inherently means being a part of a community. And being a part doesn't simply mean attending, it means belonging. We are to develop relationships that make a significant difference in our lives. Some of us fall into that easily and naturally. Others of us struggle to feel and get connected. It is fairly easy for someone to attend our church for 3, even 6, months and not really be known. I believe we need to work on that. We may not all end up knowing each other really well, but we should be known by a few so that they can pray with and for us, so they can connect with us regularly, and so someone notices if we're missing, and cares enough to see if we've been sick, have a prayer need, if we're struggling with a relationship, or if we've simply been on the road and traveling a lot

Sometimes we're tempted to wait for someone to notice us, and while that's a natural tendency, it often only leads to unnecessary hurt or resentment. If we want to be noticed or need someone to care, we often have to reach out and ask for time or prayer. All too often we assume "no news is good news" and aren't inclined to reach out. As people of faith, it's our job to reach out to others, and, it's our job to risk and be vulnerable and reach out for ourselves.

May we each be inclined to connect for others and for ourselves.

In Christ,
Pastor Debbie

 

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Pastor Debbie's E-Devotion - November 17, 2017

In my college years I was privileged to travel a lot to a number of different countries. I was exposed to new cultures and new people and was stretched in how I understood the world and myself. I was fortunate that despite being in lots of places under lots of circumstances, nothing threatened my sense of safety.

After I returned to the states and was working a fair amount with people in need, I often asked myself "Where would I go if I were stranded and needed help?" My first answer was always, "A church." I grew up in the church and believed a church should be a place of safety, of help, and of provision. Sometimes my heart would break for the ways the church failed to be that place of sanctuary for those seeking help. And sometimes my heart would swell for the ways we got it right. To be sure, caring for others is not a perfect art.

Nevertheless, I still believe the church should be a safe place—emotionally, spiritually, and physically. The news of the last few weeks only reinforces that for me. We should know that we are safe in the sanctuary. We should have peace in knowing we would be welcomed. We should have confidence our story will be believed. And I genuinely hope that if we faced adversity or injustice, that those in the church would stand with us to find hope and justice.

Fortunately and unfortunately, Moscow often feels protected from the chaos of "those people" and "those places" and even "those things." Yet sexual assault, discrimination, domestic violence, and gun violence all happen here too. As a church, we need to be clear about being a place of sanctuary and hope. I believe we need to be open in saying "I believe you." "I care about you." "We choose hope over fear."

We may not get it right every single time. But I do hope that when people think they need help, or refuge, or hope that they know that could find it at Moscow First.

 

May God bless you,
Pastor Debbie

 

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  • Denominational History


    The United Methodist Church traces its roots back to the life and ministry of John and Charles Wesley, Anglican priests in 18th century England. Though neither left the Anglican Church, they began a movement to reform that church which eventually became its own denomination and spread to the United States where it split from the Anglican Church in their lifetime. Read more...

    For more information on the history of the denomination go to www.umc.org.

  • Pastor Debbie Sperry 

    Pastor Debbie was born and raised in Bishop California (a rural town at the foot of the Eastern Sierra mountains).

    She attended UCLA and earned a BA in Sociology with a minor in Spanish after she spent a year studying abroad in both Costa Rica and Spain. She attended Candler School of Theology at Emory University and earned her Master of Divinity. 

     

    Debbie has served for 10 years in Southern California at a variety of churches.  She and her husband, Rick, and their two children, Ruth and Steven, were delighted to be assigned to serve here in Moscow as they love being outdoors and exploring the local area. The size and culture of Moscow is reminiscent of their time in rural California and they enjoy the community connections.  Debbie is passionate about helping the stories of the Bible to come alive, relating it to every day life, and helping people to reach out to help and connect with others. 

     

  • Guidelines For Faith There are many things which guide our faith.  As United Methodists we look in particular at four things to help us understand God and grow in our relationship with God. 
    Scripture:  is the primary source of our faith.  The 66 books of the Old and New Testament contain all that is necessary for salvation.  We believe that Scripture is best interpreted in the believing community.
    Tradition:  the wisdom of those who have gone before us, though not 100% true for our day, is another useful guide in our faith.
    Experience:  our individual experiences of God ‘s grace and the cumulative experiences of our lives which give each person a unique and valued insight into faith.
    Reason:  God gave us minds and expects us to use them and to think through not only what the Bible tells us in light of the world in which we live but also how to live out that faith.  Read more...

  • Worship Gathering together with other Christians to pray, sing, and praise God is an important expression of our faith and avenue for growth.  At Moscow First United Methodist Church worship is both casual and informal, traditional and contemporary, reflective and passionate.  You will find people here in suits and dresses, and in t-shirts and jeans.  You will hear classical, gospel, jazz, and light rock music.  You will hear our pipe organ, the piano, and banjo and guitar.

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Sunday morning parking at the church is available in the high school parking lot on Third Street across from the church and in the city lots west of the church. These lots are available only on Sunday mornings. A small lot for handicapped parking is available just off of Adams Street on the north side of the church, with an accessible entrance directly into the sanctuary. A lift operates between the Fellowship Hall (3rd Street level) and the Sanctuary . William Sound System Receivers and Headsets are available to assist with hearing problems.

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The First United Methodist Church of Moscow, Idaho takes as our mission to be the body of Jesus Christ, ministering to a community which draws strength from its diversity. Our mission centers on the worship of God, expressed through varied forms of prayer, preaching, music, and ritual.  See more...

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