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Third & Adams Street, PO Box 9774, Moscow, Idaho USA | (208) 882-3715

Reframing Shame - May 22, 2016

Romans 5:1-5

Many of you know that my husband, Doug, is an alcoholic. He has been sober for over five years now and I'm proud of the work he has done towards recovery. What you may not know is my own story. I did not know that Doug was drinking. I knew something was wrong, but not what. For a time we had what we called meltdowns where Doug would suddenly erupt over seemingly minor things. For example, we had talked about getting a cheese sliver, so one day at the store I

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What Are We Going To Do Without You? - May 15, 2016

John 14:8-17, 25-27

"What are we going to do without you?" a friend of Doug's asked me after he heard we were moving. I understood that behind his question was sadness at our impending departure and a recognition of the ways we have both been involved in Moscow. Part of me asks the same question: "What are Doug and I going to do without both the community of Moscow and First United Methodist Church?" You've been with us through seven deaths in our families and the first five and a half years of Doug's recovery from alcoholism. You've loved us and supported us in some very tough times. Transitions are hard at the best of times,

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What Does It Mean for Jesus To Go Up? - May 8, 2016

Acts 1:1-11
Luke 24:44-53

This church is blessed to have a lift that can take those with mobility challenges from Epworth Hall to the sanctuary, or the reverse. As we often note, it is slow and creaky and it works. Over the years we have talked about painting a mural inside the lift so that riders have something to look at while they make the slow trip up. As I have imagined that mural I have suggested that one appropriate image would be from today's lessons – the ascension of Jesus. At the bottom could be the disciples looking up and two

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Shall We Gather By The River? - May 1, 2016

Acts 16:11-15
Revelation 21:22-22:5

Each day as I walk to work I cross Paradise Creek as it flows under D Street. Sometimes I see a muskrat diving under the water, and once in a while I'm delighted when a great blue heron lifts off and soars over my head. This spring the creek has been flowing fairly full. After several days of rain the waters rise and I check to see if they have filled the banks – so far that hasn't happened. By the end of

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What Do You See? - April 24, 2016

Acts 11:1-18
Revelation 21:1-6

"Then I saw." "I saw." Both of our Scripture readings today use those words. It might be easy to miss their significance. In both cases they mark transformative experiences and major turning points in the story of faith. "Then I saw;" when we read those words we know something big is going on.
"In a trance I saw a vision," Peter said to the apostles in Jerusalem. To really understand the significance of Peter's vision we need to know the rest of the story. Peter had been staying in the city of Joppa with Simon the tanner. In itself, this was highly unusual. Tanners cured the skins of animals --- to state

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Current Church News

  • Summer Worhsip Hour

    Summer worship begins Sunday, June 4th, 2017. Worship will begin at 9:30 am on Sundays from June 4 thru August 13, 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.

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