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15
Jul
2014

ZOE Update

Written by ZOE Ministry  |  Found in: Church News Blog

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  |  Found in: 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  |  Found in: 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  |  Found in: 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  |  Found in: 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  |  Found in: 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  |  Found in: 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.

04
Jun
2014

Thoughts on Annual Conference

Written by Pastor Mike Ramsdell  |  Found in: Pastor Mike Ramsdell

Beginning Sunday, June 8, and running through Wednesday, June 11, First Methodist Mansfield will be hosting the Central Texas Annual Conference. Annual Conference begins Sunday night with a special worship service at 7:00 p.m. in our Sanctuary and continues with gatherings all day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, including a special Service of Ordination on Tuesday night which our choir and orchestra will be an important part of. There will be well over 1,000 delegates, pastors and church leaders on campus each of those days.

02
Jun
2014

Ideas to Encourage Your Child to Read the Bible

Written by Pastor Tina Schramme  |  Found in: Church News Blog

Now that we have given your child a Bible, we are in a partnership with you, the parents, to help them fall in love with God’s Word. On the weekends, you can count on our teachers and shepherds to encourage the kids to bring their Bibles each week and use them in class. They’ll help them learn to find the books and chapters and get comfortable using the tools in the Bible. They will also offer rewards for scripture memorization and for bringing their Bible to church. All of that will only go so far when we see them for one or two hours a week.