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God Who Gives the Growth - February 16, 2014

Deuteronomy 30:15-20
I Corinthians 3:1-9

"I got an A on my English paper, Praise the Lord!" "Praise the Lord, the sun is shining today." "That cake turned out pretty well, Praise the Lord."
At the age of sixteen I was a brand new Christian and excited about my faith. I wanted everyone to know about it and so I seasoned my speech with references to God as a sign of my holiness. Finally, one of my siblings commented that it was a little much. I learned to temper my use of phrases like "Praise the Lord."
Looking back, I realize I was as awkward in my faith as I was in my almost adult body. Truly I was a baby Christian – sincere in my enthusiasm and not very adept at living it out. It's a little embarrassing to recall now, though I also know that nearly everyone goes through some variant on this phase. Just like a one year old baby plops on her bottom as she toddles across the floor or a speaker of a new language mixes up tenses and pronouns, so new Christians stumble and stutter as they try to express their faith.

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The Who and Hoo of Wisdom - February 9, 2014

I Corinthians 1:30-2:13

From childhood on I have loved AA Milne's books about Winnie The Pooh. Next to Christopher Robin, Owl is portrayed in those books as the wisest of the creatures, though with some humor. "Owl, wise though he was in many ways, able to read and write and spell his own name, WOL, yet somehow went all to pieces over delicate words like MEASLES and BUTTERED TOAST." Owl is fond of using long words and phrases like "customary procedure" and "issue a reward," which often confuse poor old Pooh, who after all, is a Bear of Very Little Brain.
Often we think of wisdom as a body of knowledge. Because Owl can read he is assumed to be the wisest of the creatures who inhabit the Hundred Acre Wood.

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Reverent - February 2, 2014

Proverbs 19:23

Scouts, that's a long list of things your law says you are to be. Thanks for sharing them with us and for giving us the places in the Bible which talk about them. Really, they apply to all Christians, whether we are Scouts or not. Girl Scouts use a different oath, and it is pretty close to yours.
Today I want to focus on just one quality in the Scout law: reverence. In many ways it connects with words like trustworthy, loyal, obedient, and the rest because when you are reverent you respect not only God but all that God made.

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We Belong to Christ - January 26, 2014

I Corinthians 1:10-18

Imagine with me a debate at a church finance committee meeting. George insists, "The education program matters most to me. If we cut the budget to the Sunday School, I'm out of here." Glenda counters, "I come here for the music. We need to raise the music director's salary." Ashley says, "The youth are the life in this church. Why aren't they included in the general fund?" Walter rises to take his stand: "If we don't take care of the building now we'll just have more costs later, and we won't have an attractive place for any of our programs." At last Darlene asks, "What about mission? Who are we if we don't reach out to the needy?"
To put their debate in the language of our reading from I Corinthians, George might say, "I belong to the Sunday School." Glenda, "I belong to the music." Ashley, "I belong to the youth." Walter, "I belong to the building." Darlene, "I belong to missions."
In Corinth they argued over loyalties to various leaders. In my fictional portrayal the division happens over facets of the church's program. I don't think it really matters whether we argue over leaders or programs, the risk of division is great.

Read more: We Belong to Christ - January 26, 2014

Isolate or Accommodate? - January 19, 2014

Isaiah 49:1-7

A little known piece of this church's history has to do with the German and Norwegian Methodist Churches. Less than ten years after the founding of the First Methodist Episcopal Church in Moscow, the Rev. Carl Erickson organized a Norwegian Methodist Church in 1886. The next year he started one in Blaine. Here's a test for you: does anyone know where Blaine was? (7 miles SE of Moscow, near Genesee.) The Moscow Norwegians lasted until 1915 and the Blaine Norwegian Methodists disbanded in 1955.
The German Methodist Episcopal Church was organized in 1905 by JA Jahn and later with Peter J. Sehnert as pastor. University of Idaho student, Anetta Mow, wrote in her diary that she and her brother, "attended church on Sundays, going to the large Methodist Church in town sometimes, and quite regularly to the German Methodist Church . . . . Baxter and I felt it would help us to speak German, and it did."
The stories of those ethnic congregations are typical in a couple of ways. As immigrants move to a new land they often prefer to pray in their native language and look to the church to help them retain the values and practices of their homeland. Often within a generation, their children have assimilated into the dominant culture and younger people no longer want to be part of an ethnic church. Many of them disband.
Isolate or accommodate? That is the question, not only for immigrant populations but for the church today. We have not migrated across an ocean. Instead a sea change is happening around us. The world is changing so fast that it seems we are in a new land.

Read more: Isolate or Accommodate? - January 19, 2014

Current Church News

  • Family Promise of the Palouse

    Moscow First United Methodist Church is honored to be an active participant of the Family Promise of the Palouse providing temporary, safe housing for families in our community who are facing homelessness. Our next opportunity to host is June 11-18, 2017.

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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.

Church Mission

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...