“It is as impossible for us to demonstrate the existence of God as it would be for even Sherlock Holmes to demonstrate the existence of Arthur Conan Doyle.
All-wise. All-powerful. All-loving. All-knowing. … God cannot be expressed but only experienced.
In the last analysis, you cannot pontificate but can only point. A Christian is one who points at Christ and says, ‘I can’t prove a thing, but there’s something about his eyes and his voice. There’s something about the way he carries his head, his hands. The way he carries his cross. The way he carries me.’ ”
— Frederick Buechner 
 Frederick Buechner, “God,” in Wishful Thinking (San Francisco, CA: HarperSanFrancisco, 1993), 36-37.
Even after preaching last Sunday, I’m preaching this coming Sunday and probably the Sunday after that because Jenny’s has a lot on her plate—including some duties for the Great Plains Annual Conference, that I’m thankful I don’t have to do.
A Service of Death and Resurrection for Phyllis Newell will be held this coming Saturday, January 26, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. A visitation will follow.
Abilene Schools have cancelled classes and activities for Wednesday (January 23, 2019) and we are doing the same. The church office will be closed. Power & Light, Communion, Choir, Youth Group, and Bell Choir are all cancelled. We encourage you to stay inside with a good book, or perhaps even The Good Book.
Abilene Schools are closing due to the ice and the fact that the weather is getting worse. For that reason, First UMC is also closing at noon today (January 22, 2019). We encourage you to stay home, stay warm, and stay safe.
“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.”
— Martin Luther King Jr.
The quote above is from his 1964 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech. It is a profoundly Christian sentiment, because those who follow Christ affirm that God is (unconditional) love and Jesus is the way, the (unarmed) truth, and the life. The resurrection is the downpayment that guarantees that truth and love will win in the end.
Martin Luther King, Jr., “1964 Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech,” Nobelprize.org, accessed January 21, 2019, http://bit.ly/2MkeHeY.
Jenny and I will be in Kansas City this Wednesday (January 16, 2019) for the annual Great Plains Orders and Fellowship meeting. Therefore this week’s Wednesday Communion service has been canceled.
A funeral service for Rose Marie Rogers will be held Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at Danner Funeral Home. The visitation will be the day before from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
“God intended us to travel through life as a community. Think bus, not unicycle.”
— Bob Goff 
 Bob Goff. Twitter post, January 2, 2019, 8:44 a.m., Link.
If you happen to notice that the little free pantry is empty or depleted, you are hereby authorized to fill it up. The supply shelves are in the hallway west of the church office. Simply stock the pantry and record the date and your name on the clipboard.
A Service of Death and Resurrection for Gary Coleman will be held Saturday, December 29, 2018, at 11:00 in the sanctuary. The service will be followed by a funeral dinner for family and friends and then by a private graveside service.
We will be livestreaming tonight’s 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Services on Periscope. Here’s the link: www.pscp.tv/AFUMC/follow