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09
Oct
2014

Changing lives and changing neighborhood

Each year since 1984, former President Jimmy Carter and wife Rosalynn give a week of their time to build Habitat for Humanity homes. Our church is excited to be a part of the 31st annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, helping to build 20 new homes in the Central Meadowbrook Neighborhood.

04
Aug
2014

Third Time's a Charm

Written by John Geyerman

We just got back from our third trip to Plan Escalon (translates to "a plan to escalate") inHonduras. It's hard to believe that each trip seems to be just a little better than the one prior to it.

As you may recall, or maybe you don't know, my 17-year-old daughter and I have been working with a group of retail executives (http://retailroi.org/) from across the United States on a specific project that they support in Honduras.

15
Jul
2014

ZOE Update

Written by ZOE Ministry

We recently received updates on some of the orphans we are partnered with in Rwanda and Zimbabwe through ZOE Ministry. To follow is an update from the Ikirezi Community in Rwanda. Read more about the working group we partner with in Zimbabwe here.

10
Jul
2014

Thoughts on Mission Week

Written by Pastor Mike Ramsdell

It has been quite a week up to this point, as I am participating in United Mission Week. Almost 100 adults and 200 kids, middle school and high school, fanning out into the community in 25 teams serving families all over our area. I am helping lead a middle school team that is working in Kennedale and in Mansfield. I love how these kids brave the hot sun and mosquitoes to help families. This has long been the core of First Methodist Mansfield, serving the least, the last and the lost.

03
Jul
2014

Thoughts on freedom

Written by Pastor Mike Ramsdell

Tomorrow is July 4, which is really Independence Day, the season set aside to celebrate the independence of America from British rule, July 4, 1776. You history scholars know that the day was really the signing of the Declaration of Independence and that real independence and freedom were still eight years, away after a long, arduous revolutionary war and the difficult process of bringing 13 original colonies (or at least their delegates) together to finally ratify the U.S. Constitution.

26
Jun
2014

The only answer is the divine.

Written by Pastor Mike Ramsdell

Jesus had been crucified, died and was buried. His followers’ lives were turned upside down. Three years before they had given up everything to follow him. They saw him work miracle after miracle, heard heavenly teaching, watched as he faced down the political and religious leaders of his day and felt that any moment he would bring in the kingdom of God to their broken world.

23
Jun
2014

Changes in store for Sunday at 5:00 p.m.

Written by Pastor David Alexander

One of the core values that we seek to live out as a family of faith is our desire to help people grow in deeper love with God. That is why we have been so aggressive in recent years in expanding the number of opportunities we provide for people to participate in one of our weekend worship gatherings. We believe that having worship opportunities at various times throughout is important for us to reach our diverse and busy community.

19
Jun
2014

Do we live by human patterns or divine ones?

Written by Pastor Mike Ramsdell

Israel was loved by God, called by God and initiated as a people by the acts of God in Abraham, Moses and later Joshua, as after more than 500 years, they finally entered the Promised Land. This journey included crossing the Red Sea and God providing them with manna from heaven and water from a rock.

11
Jun
2014

Vacation Bible Camp Update

Written by Pastor Mike Ramsdell

This year’s VBC is almost upon us, beginning on Monday morning. VBC may be the highlight of our year as we celebrate the good news with so many kids and their families. This year's theme is I Mustache You a Question: Who Is Jesus? VBC 2014.