The Peace of Music

One of my favorite places to have time with the Lord is alone in my car. There is something about driving that sets the perfect scene to open my heart to God. Having the freedom to sing off key or pray out loud with only God to hear me gives me a sense of calm….

How Churches are Helping African Immigrants Settle in America

First United Methodist Church of Hurst (FUMCH) offers a Ministry with African Immigrants. The purpose of this ministry is to welcome African newcomers, give them hope and provide them with a sense of belonging. The following story is an example of how FUMCH assisted an African family after they immigrated to the United States.  Bagimu,…

Blessed by One Another

This past Sunday I had the joy of witnessing an animated conversation between a college student and another adult member of the congregation. The young adult was excitedly sharing news about her summer as well as plans for the upcoming school year. Smiles lit up their faces and you could tell just from looking at…

Ordinary Day

So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that…

My Playlist

My playlist is quite diverse. It consists of songs from: 80’s hair bands (Bon Jovi, Poison, etc.), Pentatonix, Taylor Swift, Country (new and old), movie sound tracks, Bruno Mars, Old Country Hymns, Alanis Morissette, Worship Instrumental, Chicago, Michael Jackson, Eagles, Maroon 5, Instrumental Praise, Twenty One Pilots, Gospel Classics, Adele,  Journey and more! I’m not…

My Ever Changing Bio

In the midst of a career change from Youth Ministries to Missions and Evangelism here at the church, I find myself rewriting my bio on the church website. Hopefully by the time you’re reading this, the new bio is up and the old one is gone . . . because as more and more time…

What’s In Your Wallet?

Last week, I was sitting at my desk working and I received a text on my phone—Fraud Alert—Call us to verify recent purchases! Yikes! I called the number and was asked if I had made a purchase of $40 worth of fast food that morning. Me?—fast food in the morning?—not out of the question. But…

Gratitude

My heart is filled with gratitude for the rich experience First United Methodist Church of Hurst has brought me. At the same time, sadness settled in on my soul on Saturday night as I wandered through the building ensuring that I had not left any belongings behind and remembering the ministry that had taken place…

Bigger than Ourselves

One of the things I absolutely love about being a United Methodist is our connectional system.  Often when I meet a new person who happens to be United Methodist, we get to talking and end up having many different points of connection with different people. The comment is usually made, “What a small world!” and…

The Growth of African Immigration in America

How has the U.S. Immigration Law driven the growth in African immigration to the United States? According to African Union, the term “African Immigrants” consists of people of African origin outside the continent, irrespective of their citizenship and nationality. In the United States, immigrants from Africa constitute a highly diverse and rapidly growing group. African…

Living into the Overlap: God, People & Purpose

Over the last month, I have had the joy of spending time with an adult small group examining our church’s understanding of discipleship. Connecting with God, Connecting with People and Connecting with Purpose formed the framework for the lessons and discussions that were shared. We looked deeper into both the biblical roots for this path as…

Handprints of the Saints

I went back to FUMC Boyd today for the funeral of a dear friend named Mary. Whenever I am in that sanctuary, I am flooded with memories. Everywhere I look, I see the handprints of so many of the Saints who have gone before. Mary and my mother both loved the church and loved to…