Welcome to NoHo FUMC!
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!
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Matthew 5:9, NRSV
I remember the morning of September 11, 2001. I was in my car, driving to work. As I pulled out of my apartment complex’s parking area, I turned on the radio expecting to hear some witty banter from the morning DJ’s and some music. Instead, their talk sounded serious…something big had happened in the world…and when they described what they were seeing on their screens, I had to pull-over…
Once I recovered, I finished the short drive to my church, and found the entire staff huddled around the small TV we had pulled out of a classroom. I will never forget that morning…or the prayer service we held that evening…or the weeks of weighing my emotions and the teachings of Jesus.
I’m sure you have your story. I’m sure you have your remembrance.
It’s been twenty years, and we have pulled the last of our troops from the country of Afghanistan and ended a war we have been fighting for twenty years, which I realized is the entire time I have been an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church…and I am sorting through my thoughts and feelings as I watch the Taliban retake the country.
I think, for you and me, the question of how do we live in peace becomes the larger question. As we enter a season without war, are we instruments of peace? Are we good ambassadors of God’s love? We may not have a lasting impact on global movements or policy…but in our lives and in our neighborhoods, are we working towards peace?
We will be kicking off our Fall Season, and while we are adding a few new activities and fellowship to the calendar, the question of COVID protocols means that life is still different. But the community we are called to be and the mission we are called to carry out has not changed: We are the body of Christ, here to bring the love of God as revealed in Jesus Christ to the World. As you look over this newsletter and what we have coming up, I hope that you will notice the underlying theme of this season…and I pray that it shapes us into people of peace as we move into the final quarter of the year.
Blessings and Love, Pastor Steve
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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