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Round John Virgin

3rd Sunday of Advent Just these lines, my friends … … to say that Pastor Paul and our many worship leaders launched us into the second Sunday of our Advent season on December 4. It was a powerful day. I was away participating in a wedding in Marietta, GA, but I’ve already watched our Children’s Chime Choir, heart-stopping music, flute...
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God in Lowliness

2nd Sunday of Advent Just these lines, my friends … … to say that Sunday was a wondrous day to enter into the holy season of Advent, our time of longing and anticipation for the child born in Bethlehem. If you were traveling and missed being with us, worship online here. I do hope you enjoyed special moments around your Thanksgiving table this...
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When Will Jesus Come?

1st Sunday of Advent Just these lines, my friends … … to say that I’m hopeful you’ll read this note before Thanksgiving Day. If so, may I be the first to wish you a blessed Thanksgiving 2022. Sunday was a wonderful day of worship. The handbells at 8:15 and 11:00 were glorious. The Praise Band was so on it at 9:30. I...
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Christ the King Sunday | Thanksgiving Week Just these lines, my friends … … to say that Sunday was such a spectacular day and nearly a full house as well…AND it was one of my holiest moments ever in church life watching, listening, and worshipping together with our wonderfully blended/diverse group of children, directed by Abigail Okland, as they sang...
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All Out & All In

23rd Sunday after Pentecost | Joash Chest Sunday Just these lines, my friends … … to say that Sunday was such a special day for us as we remembered the Saints on All Saints Sunday 2022. If you missed being with us, click to online worship here. This past Monday, I decided to walk the grounds of the old site for...
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Do I Believe in Heaven?

22nd Sunday after Pentecost | All Saints Sunday Just these lines, my friends … … to say that while the world is quick to tell you what it is against, but here at Matthews United Methodist we’re always staking our claim on what we are FOR … AND being FOR has never been more fun! Take a look at a...
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What Would You Say…?

21st Sunday after Pentecost Just these lines, my friends … … to say that I mentioned it at the beginning of my sermon on Sunday that Karen has Covid. This is our first experience with the virus. With Karen’s nearly 95-year-old father living with us, please hold us close in your prayers. A special thank you for all who helped...
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Appreciation

20th Sunday after Pentecost Just these lines, my friends … … to say that Sunday was filled with such joy: Dawn Anthony sharing inspirational music (listen to a clip from the Sunday night concert here), beautiful children singing their hearts out, a powerful video from Lori Beth Huffman (one of our United Methodist District Superintendents), a poignant baptism of 8-year-old...
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Each Day Some Awe-robics

19th Sunday after Pentecost Just these lines, my friends … … to say how about those young people of Matthews United Methodist (MUMC)! Sunday, they filled our morning with beautiful music and witness. Our MUMC Lay Leader, Carol Hatcher says, “I have been involved in many Youth Sundays and have probably participated in about 20 of them. But this morning’s...