First United Methodist

Serving the Port Huron community
for over 175 years

Pastors’ Writings (Newsletter & Other)

Christ Our Unity

  There’s a psalm in the Bible which states, “How good and pleasant it is when families live together in unity” (Psalm 133:1). I think we would all agree that where a group of people is united, they’re likely to experience a lot less friction than they would being divided. The problem is that it’s easy to have a wrong idea about what it means to be united. And this wrong notion can lead to a misunderstanding of what we…

The Seasons of Life

  April Tower-Chimes: The Seasons of Life We recently had to put our 13-year old cat, Lucy, to sleep after it was discovered she’d developed cancer. We’re grateful that on her last day with us she seemed to be pain-free, and even her trip to the vet was relatively stress-free. In her final moments we told her we loved her, gave thanks for the joy that she was for our family, and tearfully bid her good-bye. After a lifetime of…

Keeping the Right Perspective

  March Tower-Chimes: Keeping the Right Perspective Who among us doesn’t prefer stability over instability, predictability over unpredictability? By nature, most of of are wired to want things to be stable. This is why the precarious state of The United Methodist Church over the past few years has resulted in soaring levels of anxiety within the denomination. It would be difficult for any elderly life-long member of the UMC to point to a time in their life when denominational anxiety…


April 23: What Truly Unites Us

  3rd Sunday of Easter: What Truly Unites Us Scripture: Romans 15:1-13 Our congregation is 189 years old. In 1834, a Methodist Episcopal Society was formed in this city with nineteen members. Six years later, in 1840, that church—our church—was incorporated. And four years later, in 1844, our first church building was built (pictured to the left). We quickly outgrew that building, so in 1856 we moved into our second building, which was good for about twenty years. In 1874,…

April 16: Our Holy Protector

  2nd Sunday of Easter: Our Holy Protector Scriptures: John 20:19-31; Acts 2:14, 22-32, 37-40; 1 Peter 1:3-9 Growing up, I remember hearing about the time my grandpa was flying across the country, and midway through his first leg of the journey, for reasons we’ll never know, he decided to take a different connecting flight than the one for which he was booked. Imagine his utter shock when later that day he learned that the plane he was originally supposed…

April 9 (Easter): You Will See Him

  Easter Sunday: You Will See Him Scripture: Matthew 28:1-10 Today, we join countless Christians around the world to celebrate what is for us a clear and glorious reality: the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. The stone cave in which Jesus was entombed was as restrictive to his resurrected body as a spring morning fog is to our bodies. Today, we see and believe this wonderful truth. For us, Easter is a high and holy day because…

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828 Lapeer Ave. Port Huron, MI 48060