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Just a Thought or Two: Can I Start Again?

Worship with us this Sunday

8:45 AM & 10 AMClassic Worship
in the Sanctuary at First Methodist

11:15 AMThe Open Door – Contemporary Worship
at Buskirk-Chumley Theater


“Help!” The cry could barely be heard through the walls of our house. Curious, we went outside where our 6-year old was stuck in the mud.

He and his two brothers had been playing in the wet clay, soaked through after recent heavy rains, in the field behind our house out in the country on the south edge of Mishawaka. His brothers had come in from the wet clay of our neighbor’s harvested garden, but Nathan couldn’t move.

There was such a strong suction holding his rubber boots to the clay that he couldn’t step without leaving his boots behind. So he stood there, blond hair blowing in the wind, crying, “Help!”

We went outside and studied the situation. I shouted, “Step out of your boots. Walk out of the garden in your stocking feet.”

“What about my boots?” he wondered. I responded, “Step out of your boots and leave them there. We’ll get them later.”

So Nathan stepped out of his rubber boots and walked out of the garden.

“Can I start again?” is a question many of us may ask from time to time. “Can I start over?”

Whether it was lepers, whose illness made them untouchable, or the woman at the well whose failed relationships were known throughout the township, the New Testament is full of people who must have asked the same question: “Can I start again?”

God, through Jesus, has an answer to that question and the answer is “Yes!” There is something about Jesus that helps stuck people get unstuck, as we can see in Mark 5:24b-29 (and so many other NT stories).

Just today I read a letter from someone who made some terrible choices, and they now talk about how life is so much better… so different… today.

Do you know someone who feels like they are stuck in field of wet clay? You might let them know there is a love and a truth loose in the universe that helps people start over. You might let them know there is a group of people who gather every Sunday to explore the mystery of a God who helps set the trapped free!


This month we’ve got numerous events where you can grow and help others do the same.  Check the full details below for more about:

  • Blood Drive in the Great Hall (Sunday, 10-2)
  • MLK Day of Service (Lunch on Sunday, Volunteerism & Lunch on Monday)
  • Financial Peace University (9-week class starts this Sunday @ 4pm)
  • New Member Class (“A Disciple’s Path”) Jan 22nd & 29th

Grace and peace,

Pastor Mark


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This Month at First Methodist

  • This Sunday we’ll host an American Red Cross Blood Drive in the Great Hall this Sunday from 10am to 2pm.  Walk-in or pre-register by visiting fumcb.org/blood-drive or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
  • Remember that our church office will be closed this Monday, January 16th for the MLK Day of Service.  It’s a Day ON, Not a Day OFF! This is a special day of volunteerism in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  This Sunday, we invite you to join us in the Great Hall kitchen at 12:30pm.  Bring a dish for our pitch-in meal, after which we will prepare food to be served to volunteers on MLK Day.  Then on Monday, lend a hand during the Day of Service in the morning, then return to the Great Hall from 11:30am to 1pm to share a free meal with other volunteers.  You can view more details about all MLK Day events here:  fumcb.org/mlk-2017
  • Financial Peace University is Here! A 9-week series based on Biblical principles for handling money that can help you get out of debt and live a better life. First Methodist is offering Dave Ramsey’s nationally known FPU. The average financial turnaround for families is $8,000 in the first three months! FPU begins this Sunday, Jan 15th, from 4-5:30 p.m. at First Methodist. Total cost is $102.30 – free childcare will be provided. (Let us know you will have children in childcare, please!) Send inquiries to firstfinancialwellness@gmail.com or Register Today at fumcb.org/fpu
  • New Member Class (A Disciple’s Path), a 2-night class, takes place Jan 22nd & 29th from 5 – 7 p.m. Pick up your copy of Jim Harnish’s A Disciple’s Path: Deepening Your Relationship with Christ and the Church from the church office. (A $4 donation will be gladly accepted.) To register, complete the form here:  fumcb.org/new-member-class or sign up on your Connect Card or Flap in worship or email Ms. Cath Foreman at cforeman@fumcb.org.
  • Leadership Orientation is set for the evening of Monday, Jan 23rd. This evening is designed for those who serve on Church Council, Staff Parish Relations, Connections or Outreach teams, Children’s Ministry Council, Board of Trustees, or FCJ teams.  We will meet in the Great Hall from 5:30pm – 8pm. A simple meal will be provided, there will be a time of worship and inspiration.  Our focus will be “Nurturing the Three Essential Virtues” led by the Rev. Russ Abel of Fort Wayne St. Joseph UMC. Please RSVP by Thursday, Jan 19th to Cath at:  cforeman@fumcb.org
  • The Trustees have a plan for repairing the limestone steps of our Washington Street entrance. Work will proceed weather-permitting. Also, drywalling and painting was recently completed in the southwest tower of the sanctuary building to repair significant water damage.

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