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Reflections on Nonconformity and the United Methodist Church

For over forty years, indeed since the Spirit-filled birth of the denomination in 1968, we have been fussing with one another in the United Methodist Church over the issue of human sexuality. Well-meaning persons come at the issue from differing cultural backgrounds, with different sets of personal experience, with vastly different corporate experience (despite sharing…

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Summer at First Olympia

Summertime. Sunshine, warm weather, traveling, taking it easy. Summer is a glorious season for rest, reflection and spending time with our loved ones. While some of our usual Sunday morning offerings go on hiatus over the summer, here are some great summer-specific opportunities to be aware of: All Ages BIble Study  In addition to FaithLink…

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Vacation Bible Camp – Kingdom of the Son: Prayer Safari

August 1-August 5 9am-12:30pm   This year First Olympia will be doing “Kingdom of the Son: Prayer Safari!” as our Vacation Bible Camp. This engaging, interactive curriculum is centered on the Lord’s Prayer. Each day the children will gain a deeper understanding of a section of the Lord’s Prayer through games, crafts, science experiments, singing…

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Pride Month at First Olympia

This June, in an effort to share information about LGBTQ concerns in our congregation and in our community, the Reconciling Ministries Team of the church is helping us observe Pride Month. Pride Month is observed in June, commemorating the Stonewall Riots in which occurred in June of 1969. It has become a time for shining…