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In a world that seems to accelerate with each passing day, do you need a place to decompress? Do you need space to ask and discuss the bigger questions about life and purpose? Would you like to find a way to serve the community? Would you like to connect with God?
If you answered “Yes!” to any of these questions, then please stop by and meet us. We offer two different Sunday morning worship services: 8:15 AM is a casual gathering in Boyer Chapel, with a rotating schedule of lay preachers and Pastor Steve bringing the message. At 10:30 AM, we worship in the sanctuary where you will hear classic and new hymns led by the organ. We do not have a dress code: people come in suits, in shorts, and everything in-between. We look forward to meeting you, so come be our guest!
An Important message from Pastor Steve Peralta:
January 6, 2021
My Church Family,
Like so many of you, I have been glued to the TV newsfeed today and have been processing many feelings and thoughts. For me, those have ranged from dismay, to anger, and to heartbreak. We have always had different thoughts about our government from the very beginning of our country. We always will. But what we are witnessing today is something different…and as your pastor and a leader in our community, I must say a few things:
Today marks Epiphany, the day when we remember that wise men came to honor Jesus, the newly born Prince of Peace. These wise men went first to see King Herod to find out where they would find this special child. They left the country without informing the King where the child was, because they recognized King Herod’s paranoia and need for power. This paranoia and need for power caused King Herod to send loyal soldiers to Bethlehem to eliminate this child violently.
I never thought I’d see this story be replayed in our country, and yet here we are, with crowds in Washington D.C. trying to violently overturn a fair and vetted election. Many strong thoughts and accusations are running through my mind, but rather than say them in my anger I will simply say that such actions reek of fascism, not democracy.
In time, the election will be ratified, and the transition of power will happen. However, the rending in the fabric of our society and our nation will not simply disappear. As people of the Christ-Child, we are called to be healers and reconcilers.
Peacemakers and reconcilers by nature look for the good and the positive in people and search for common ground. However, for true peace and reconciliation to happen, the things which rupture peace and cause division must be confronted as a part of that process. We are at a space and time when we must confront untruths, hate, threats of violence, racism, and outright rejection of cogent logic. We must confront these things, or we will not experience peace or reconciliation.
Tonight, Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at 7:30, I will be holding a time of prayer for our nation on ZOOM. The meeting ID is 952-042-8113. No password required.
Some of you may not be ready to pray. I get that. Some of you may wonder why we are only praying. I get that too. But every great movement of God has always begun in prayer, and this is where we will start. May it lead us to a place that produces the good fruit of God’s Kingdom in this world.
On June 2, 2019, with a vote of 52-0, NoHo FUMC approved the following Statement of Inclusion:
“NoHoFUMC is a community that practices the all-inclusive and transforming love of God as modeled by the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. We celebrate our diversity in race, ethnicity, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, gender, ability, citizenship, and socioeconomic status. Moved by the Holy Spirit, we welcome all people into the full participation of the life of the church.”
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