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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.

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart…” Ecclesiastes 3:11

Back in the late seventies I took two classes at Southwest Virginia Community College simply because I needed the credit hours.  They turned out to be two of the most meaningful to my life.  One was Creative Writing, and the other was Art Appreciation.  Words and paint are very much the same; they can create lasting pictures in the mind and soul. 

It is said that “All great art is the expression of our delight in God’s work.”  I look at a masterpiece painting and the soul of the artist comes alive as though he/she (and another world and time) are communicating their life with me.  We not only see their beautiful work, but how they viewed and understood God. 

Our footsteps in life are like the thousands strokes of an artist's brush. I do not believe that we should live in the past, but as the portrait of our life is being painted it is pleasant to step back and see where we have been, as well as where we are going. 

Time decides the size of the canvas for each of us, but in some way the stroke of the brush is determined by the tension between the Father's will and our free choice {I will just call it God’s grace]. I think of the paint as the multitude of people and the circumstances that have colored our lives with a story of uniqueness blended by God's special style of artistry.

It is wonderfully strange: the longer we live the more clearly our painting is seen. The strokes make more sense, and we see more of where the Master is going with our lives. I often think that we may not see or understand what God is doing today; we may not even believe that He is with us in what we are going through. One day we will look back and see His fingerprints everywhere. As the hymn says, it is "unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see."

Grace and Peace, Rev Ray

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FUMC of Elizabethton, TN
325 East E Street
Elizabethton, Tennessee 37643
Phone (423)543-3505
Regular Schedule  
  • Worship Service
    – 9:55 AM
  • Sunday School
    – 11:20 AM
  • 4:12 Youth Ministries Jr. High - Grades 6 thru 8
    – 4:10 PM to 5:30 PM
  • 4:12 Youth Ministries Sr. High - Grades 9 thru 12
    – 5:45 PM to 7:30 PM
  • Bible Study
    – 6:00 PM
  • Coolagers (grades K - 5th)
    – 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Life Lessons in the Fellowship Hall
    – 6:00 PM
  • Chancel Choir Practice
    – 7:00 PM
Seeking Director of Adult Music Programs

Seeking Director of Adult Music Program Contact First United Methodist Church Office by email to or call 423-543-3505 to request a complete job description and an application. Interviewed applicants must agree to background check and drug test. Salary commensurate with experience. Deadline for Applications is May 31, 2019.

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