by Rev. Holly Bandel Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said “If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish you feed him for a lifetime.” Such is the difference between relief and empowerment – relief provides help for the immediate,... read more

A Framework for Discipleship

October 10, 2018

This week's post is written by our very own Evan Jones, Associate Minister for Discipleship. He and his team have been working to redefine how we think about discipleship, and have created this framework to illustrate the connections between all the facets of Discipleship. There's still lots of great work... read more

 Our Senior Minister Andy Stoker authored today's post on our recent Blessing of the Animals event. Read below to learn why we as United Methodists are giving a nod to a revered Catholic saint. On Saturday. Sept. 29, six days before the Feast Day of Saint Francis of Assisi, the... read more

Advocacy is in our DNA

September 26, 2018

Why are we as United Methodists so dedicated to social issues and fighting for justice in our communities? Well, it's literally at the heart of who we are and how we view the world. Below, Rev. Holly Bandel, our Minister for Missions and Advocacy, talks about our foundation of advocacy... read more

As we come toward the end of our 2019 Stewardship Campaign, we're so encouraged by how people have connected with this call to courage, and are making commitments to Give Courageously every day! Each Sunday of the campaign, FirstChurch members have bravely shared their stories of Courageous Gifts from the... read more