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  • Winter Beauty, courtesy of our Lord; and photo credit to Rev. Ray.
  • Resurrection Cross 2015
  • Ready for Advent - First Sunday
  • Ready for the Advent - Second Sunday
  • Third Sunday of Advent
  • FUMC dressed for Christmas complete with snow.
  • To God be the Glory
  • Our beautiful Sanctuary - Ordinary Days
  • A Light Unto the World
  • I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
  • Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind......
  • Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
  • For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,
  • On the glorious splendor of Your majesty And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.
  • The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.
  • Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.
  • Pat & Ray
  • Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.
  • Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying,"I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life."
  • God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.
  • Summer is Beautiful at FUMC
  • The Covered Bridge in our beautiful city.

"...and he was called a friend of God." James 2:23

Paul was to be buried in a family cemetery near his house. As we started the procession up the hill I noticed three large dogs walking from the house toward the cemetery. I was concerned because they were his dogs. When I would go there to visit I would not get out of the car until he came out to watch them. That day they came into the cemetery and when I started the service they sat down side by side with a reverence for their master and friend. When we finished and walked away from the grave they remained there. Later I talked with a man who helped close the grave; he said they stayed there until the work was finished, then they got up and went home.

I do not try to explain or understand things like this. I just believe that there is an unexplainable law of love and loyalty that is a part of God’s creation. I wonder why we humans have so often misplaced such virtues as these.

Among the twelve disciples who followed Jesus there are some whose names were written at the beginning of the Gospel. Nothing more was said about them; nothing they said or did is recorded, yet there was a silent greatness about them. After the ascension of Jesus the names of the disciples who had stayed with Him through thick and thin were recorded. The greatest thing that can ever be said about anyone could be said of them; they were loyal friends to Jesus; they stayed with Him all the way. When Luke wrote the Book of Acts, he addressed someone named Theophilus, which means, "Friend of God." We sing, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus." Can it also be said that Jesus has such a friend in us? John wrote of our Lord: "Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end."

Grace and Peace,

Rev. Ray

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FUMC of Elizabethton, TN
325 East E Street
Elizabethton, Tennessee 37643
Phone (423)543-3505
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  • Worship Service
    – 9:55 AM
  • Sunday School
    – 11:20 AM
  • 4:12 Youth Ministries Jr. High - Grades 6 & 7
    – 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
  • 4:12 Youth Ministries Sr. High - Grades 8 thru 12
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    – 6:00 PM
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    – 6:00 PM
  • Chancel Choir Practice
    – 7:00 PM
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