Worship — Sunday, October 17, 2021

If you want to follow along with bulletin you can follow this link or the link in the menu above.

If you’re having trouble streaming our worship videos, you may want to simply download the entire video to your device and then play it. You can do that by clicking on the link in the Vimeo logo above and then selecting download.

You can make a contribution online via tithe.ly. Other options can be found here.

Previous worship services can be found at abilenefirstumc.org/onlineworship/.

Love Divine Tomorrow

Tomorrow morning (Sunday, October 16, 2021), I’ll be delivering a message on the hymn “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling.” This old hymn provides a lot of information about the goal of Christian living in our present age. The choir will be back with the anthem “Blessed Assurance.”

Vintage Years

We’re coming up on our annual Vintage Years Celebration. There will be a time of special recognition for those members of our congregation who have reached 90 years or more. Our list of those hitting this milestone for this year’s celebration includes Julius Frey, Joanna Clemence, Kenneth Dawson, Verl Eckman, Louise Frey, Nadine Griffin, Carl Hansen, and Martha Zutavern. Please let us know if there’s someone we’ve missed.

Update: We’ll also be honoring those who turned 90 previously to 2020 and 2021: Joe Clemence, Rose Marie Elliott, Melva Rector, Les and Marie Thornton, Gil Green, Donna Smith, Dorothy Veach, Ray Power, Darlene Sexton, Keith Rogers, Dorothy Snider, Velma Becker, Lois Ledy, Melvin Leckron, Marvin Ledy, Helen Harrold, Virginia Hoffman, Norma Runs, and Evelyn York.

Collection for the Little Free Pantry This Sunday

We’re taking up a belated collection for the Little Free Pantry this Sunday (October 17, 2021). We especially need Energy/Snack/Granola bars, peanut butter and jelly, pancake mix (the kind that only needs water is best), macaroni, canned meat/fish, individual cereal packets, pasta, spaghetti sauce, fruit snacks, snack bars, canned fruit, and self-contained microwaveable meals, personal hygiene products, and water. As usual, cash will also be accepted.

Worship — Sunday, October 10, 2021

If you want to follow along with bulletin you can follow this link or the link in the menu above.

IIf you’re having trouble streaming our worship videos, you may want to simply download the entire video to your device and then play it. You can do that by clicking on the link in the Vimeo logo above and then selecting download.

You can make a contribution online via tithe.ly. Other options can be found here.

Previous worship services can be found at abilenefirstumc.org/onlineworship/.

Praise and Generosity in Worship Tomorrow

The Youth Praise Band will be leading singing tomorrow (Sunday, October 10, 2021). I’ll be preaching on generosity in all aspects of our lives, following Jesus’ lead in Mark 10:17-27. It promises to be a dynamic and meaningful service and with the Spirit’s help it can’t miss. We hope to see you there.

Funeral Services for River Millner

There will be a Service of Death and Resurrection for River Millner this Friday, October 8, 2021 at 1 p.m. in the sanctuary. In case you can’t find the obituary online, I’m posting it below:

It is with deepest sorrow that we announce our beloved River Wilson Millner passed away on October 3, 2021. He was born in Abilene, KS to David and Chalsea Millner on January 7, 1995. 

He graduated from Abilene high school in 2013, and proudly worked as a chef de cuisine at the Salina Country Club.

River’s greatest passions were cooking, reading and skateboarding. Rain or shine, summer heat or icy winter days, you would find River skating in his free time. He was not only passionate about it, but incredibly talented as well.      

River possessed a kind and loving heart, and loved his family dearly. All who knew River soon learned that he was a gentle soul and a good friend.

He was preceded in death by his papa Ed Scheele, and Uncle Adam Millner. River is survived by his parents David Millner and Chalsea Millner; best friend and brother Killian Millner and wife Sheridan; sister Zoe Millner; Grandparents Shirley Wilson, Charlie Wilson, Dick and Marita Millner, Linda and Russell Neely, Aunt Jill and Uncle Steve Lang; Uncle Chad and Aunt Becky Wilson; cousins Olivia and Ava Crist; River is also survived by many more family members and friends who will miss his company and infectious smile.

A memorial service has been planned for Friday October 8th, 2021 at 1:00 PM at the first United Methodist Church in Abilene, with graveside services to follow at the Abilene Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the River Millner Memorial Fund.  This service will follow Covid protocols.

Sermon — Sunday, October 4, 2021

In this sermon we took a closer look at what Jesus had to say about divorce. We had some tech problems recording the service on Sunday, October 3, 2021, so I pulled the sermon directly off the camera.

IIf you’re having trouble streaming our worship videos, you may want to simply download the entire video to your device and then play it. You can do that by clicking on the link in the Vimeo logo above and then selecting download.

You can make a contribution online via tithe.ly. Other options can be found here.

Previous worship services can be found at abilenefirstumc.org/onlineworship/.

Worship Tomorrow (10/3/21)

I’ll be talking about divorce in tomorrow’s sermon (because Jesus talked about divorce in the gospel lectionary reading from Mark). We’ll be celebrating communion with Christians all over the world for World Communion Sunday. The choir will be singing “A Communion Invitation.”

A friendly reminder that tomorrow’s (Sunday, October 3, 2021) services, like those every Sunday, will be both in-person and online.

The 8:15 will be livestreamed at: vimeo.com/event/1266906

The 10:30 worship service (with better quality multiple cameras) will be uploaded later in the day to: abilenefirstumc.org/onlineworship/

You can download a bulletin here: abilenefirstumc.org/bulletin/

Voices: A Christian Nation

I’ve posted this before, but it’s still true and this time I have the citation.

“If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we’ve got to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that he commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition, and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.” — Stephen Colbert [1]


[1] Comedy Central: The Colbert Report, 2010. https://on.cc.com/3m9VYFy.