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An Ode to Dolores (and all church secretaries)
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A reflection from Pastor Peter Perry, April 26, 2017 In my experience of over 30 years of pastoral ministry I have learned that the lay staff who support the work of both pastors and congregants are a vastly under-appreciated gift. … Read More

Sharing Brownies and other Lenten Practices
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16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 The season of Lent is well known for it’s fasting, a time for giving … Read More

Anxious much?
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(a reflection on the times from Pastor Peter K. Perry) Pastor Ruth and I have noticed a trend in recent weeks that began after the November elections and has continued to the present day. People in the church, representing both … Read More

Happy 2017!
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The first week of a new year has just been completed here at First Olympia United Methodist Church. Our bishop was here on Sunday and she referenced an experience where a group of church leaders engaged in planning the future … Read More

Refugee Family: Advent Waiting, Christmas Purpose
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First United Methodist Church of Olympia has committed to support a newly arrived refugee family. This will be the first refugee family in Thurston County in several years.  We don’t know anything about this family yet. We don’t know where … Read More

Reflections on Nonconformity and the United Methodist Church
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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 … Read More

Come, Holy Spirit!
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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, … Read More

A Pastoral Letter to My Church
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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 … Read More

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