Lois Balsley Scholarship Available

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Cal-Pac News Post Lois Balsley, a faithful member of Torrance First United Methodist Church, established a scholarship fund for students within the California-Pacific United Methodist Conference with preference given to a student from Torrance First United Methodist Church. Applicants must meet the following qualifications: (1) graduating high school senior enrolling in a two or four-year […]

Reliving Easter Sunday

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Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ! I just got back from cleaning up the Easter Sunday remnants in the sanctuary. The unclaimed Easter lilies have been moved to soak up the sun in the patio, the empty Easter eggs and children’s worship packets were moved to my office and the bits of trash have made […]

Blessing our “stuff”

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Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ! In the wake of a new year, I have had several people ask me if I perform vehicle blessings and my answer is yes. Vehicles, homes, and pets are all worthy of our thanksgiving to God as well as a blessing for God’s protection and presence. Is not everything […]

‘Tis the season…

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Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ! ‘Tis the season. Not the season of celebration and indulgence that we just finished with Christmas, but just the opposite. It is the season of self-denial and sacrifice that we in the church call Lent. lent is a time when we can realize the distractions of life that can […]

New Year of Opportunities

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Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ, born to us once again and here to greet us with a new year of opportunities and blessings. I am looking at 2016 with hope and anticipation and I am ready to be proactive in the goals that I plan to achieve this year. I plan to take […]

Christmas season is officially here!

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Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ! Christmas season is officially here! Despite decorations and Christmas goodies on sale in the stores since before Halloween, we can finally bring out the lights, our trees, and favorite nativity scenes. We can shop ’til we drop and bake to our heart’s desire. But, most of all, I hope […]

Stewardship and The Giving Tree

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Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ! I will admit that this is not my favorite time of year. I’m not talking about Fall, but I am talking about the season that I ask each of you to pledge money to the church. Admittedly, I have never been good at it. When I was a child […]

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, […]