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Essential Church Members

Essential Church Members by Greg Gwen In every healthy congregation, you will find certain people that comprise the essential “heart and soul” of the church. Note… They are always present at the assemblies. They make it a point to never miss any of the services. If it is necessary to make changes, adjust schedules, suffer […]

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Prayer Focus For Our Church

Prayer Focus   Healing: There are many things that I feel the Godfrey First United Methodist Church needs healing. The first part of the healing process is to admit that we need it. Here are some of the things that I would suggest we spend time in prayer for healing: transition of me serving as […]

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Words That Offer an Eternal Life

This post is provided by Dan Nickel, Lay Leader, Godfrey First UMC:   John Updike’s novel, In the Beauty of the Lilies, covers four generations of an American family over an 80 year period in the 20th Century.  Over the span of four generations, the Christian faith within the family wanes starting with the family’s […]

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Free Will – Choose Good

This week’s article is written by Iris Saaf, a member of Godfrey First United Methodist Church, 1100 Airport road. Look out your window! You can’t help but see the glory of spring all around you. If you are fortunate enough to live in a forest like we do, you are blessed with the beautiful green […]

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The “Secret Sin”

This week’s article is written by Arnie Saaf, a member of Godfrey First United Methodist church, 1100 Airport Road.                In our old age Iris and I have recognized that we have developed a “secret sin.” We have been brought up to be independent and self sufficient. This a good thing as we grew from […]

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God Is Good, All the Time

As a Matter of Faith This week’s article is written by Arnie Saaf, a member of Godfrey First United Methodist Church, 1100 Airport Road.                 “God is good, all the time! And all the time God is good!” That’s a chant heard in many Christian churches. But what does it mean? It is a reaffirmation […]

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Our Focus Is Prayer

This article is written by Arnie Saaf, a member of Godfrey First United Methodist Church, 1100 Airport Road. Our church focus for 2017 is PRAYER. Prayer can take on many different forms with much different content… as many different ones as there are the different people praying. You might say that no two prayers are […]

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A Prayer For The World

This article is submitted by Arnie Saaf, a member of Godfrey First United Methodist Church, 1100 Airport Road. A PRAYER FOR THE WORLD by Rabbi Harold S. Kushner Let the rain come and wash away the ancient grudges, the bitter hatreds held and nurtured over generations. Let the rain wash away the memory of the […]

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Just Talk With God

This article is written by Arnie Saaf, a member of Godfrey First United Methodist Church, 1100 Airport Road.                 Sometimes it’s hard to realize that prayer is simply talking with God. God doesn’t have an answering machine… He always picks up. We don’t need to dial… we just say hello and he’s there. God even […]

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Love The Lord – Love Thy Neighbor

This article is written by Arnie Saaf, a member of Godfrey First United Methodist Church.                 In 1776 Thomas Paine wrote,“These are the times that try men’s (and women’s) souls.” Those words could apply to our nation’s situation today. We find ourselves conflicted, divided and sometimes even angry. We think we know what is right […]

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