Pastor’s Column

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Where will we see the beauty of God’s creation?

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Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ! I spent one fall season living in Georgia. One season of giving thanks that the humidity and mosquitoes of summer were finally gone, but moreover, one season spent in awe of the changing colors of the trees. It was the reds and yellows and oranges that I had only […]

What are your maybes?

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Brothers and Sisters in Christ! Though it feels like Summer just began, school is about to start a new year. Growing up, these weeks leading up to the first day of school were always weeks of anticipation for me. Maybe I will love my new teacher, maybe I will make new friends, maybe I will […]

The Impact of Freedom

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Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ! On Saturday, most of us gathered for cook outs and fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July and to remember our freedom and independence. On Sunday, we broke bread and shared a cup to remember our freedom from sin and shame through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, […]

Summer and Time Change

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Dear Friends, School is out for Summer! For many, these are exciting words of freedom and rest, for some these are terrifying words as they try to figure out what to do with kids for summer, and for the rest, these words do not mean much at all as life continues as it has. For […]

Pentecost and Other May Events

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Dear Friends, With three birthdays in our immediate family, May is a month of celebrations and can be exhausting and exhilarating at the same time. This May will be just that for First UMC of Torrance. We will begin with the celebration of communion on the first Sunday, after foregoing communion in April; the second […]

Earth Day Picnic

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Dear Friends, Spring is in the air, Easter has happened with all its glory, wonderment, and decorated eggs, and we begin to look toward the next season of the church. We look toward new worship themes and Bible studies, confirmation and baptism celebrations, Pentecost, choir concerts, and summer activities. Truly, the church does not slow […]

Our Mission

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Dear Friends, In each of our administrative meetings we begin by reciting our church’s mission statement that “We are a diverse and caring community, sharing the promise of life with Christ, passing the faith to the next generation.” I take this statement to heart in understanding that this is who our congregation is called to […]

40 Days Living A Disciplined Life

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Dear Friends, After Christ’s baptism, He was sent into the desert to fast for 40 days and 40 nights. This was a time of trial and temptation as He spiritually prepared to preach, teach, heal and love His people before ascending to Golgotha to sacrifice His life for us. The early church adopted Christ’s 40 […]

Hello 2015

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Dear Friends, Good-bye 2014 and hello 2015. Good-bye to that which happened in 2014 and hello to the endless possibilities that could happen in 2015. If we focus our eyes properly we will see that 2015 will bring new babies, new jobs, new marriages, and new ways for us to see God working in our […]

Charge Conference 2014

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Our annual All-Church Conference will squeeze into this season on Sunday, December 14 at 4:00pm. Come to hear the reports of our ministries, to vote and bless our leaders for the coming year, to vote on a budget to fuel our ministry and celebrate who we are as United Methodists at Torrance First. An important […]