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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…

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Come, Holy Spirit!

A Prayer for the Pentecost Season When did the wind blow? When did fire light up the room? When did the Spirit of God hover over me? Over you? Come, Holy Spirit! For you are not an ancient cold flame, a silent and gentle breeze barely remembered, but you are an ever flowing volcano of…

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A Pastoral Letter to My Church

I love the church. I always have. Call me crazy! Call me weird! But the church has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I am a “cradle” Methodist who prefers Welch’s grape juice to red wine and I know by heart all the words to “O For a…

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Happy birthday, church! The Feast of Pentecost

On May 15 we will celebrate the feast of Pentecost. On this day we remember the account in Acts 2 of the Holy Spirit descending upon the apostles and giving them the ability to speak in multiple languages. This gift allowed the apostles to communicate to many people in their native tongues and led to…