During our Lent series of Sunday morning worship services, I was thrilled to see the evidence of so much creativity from our people.  From the bulletin cover to the altar to the display table and bulletin board, I was inspired to see how the Holy Spirit moved through our church during Lent.

Fortunately, this winter was not as cold and harsh as last year’s winter.  Yet I find myself looking forward to the coming of Spring and warmer weather, and with the new opportunities the Easter season brings us.  As a Christian, I see great hope in the celebration of the risen Christ.  This hope, I believe, is reflected in these verses from the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans: “Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.’  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,  nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  (Romans 8:35-39)

One day early in March, we rolled a chalkboard from the church to the Village Hall, and wrote: “What Gives You Hope?”  All kinds of people wrote their responses, which ranged from “job security” to “grandchildren” to “people who show kindness.” 

What would you add to the chalkboard?  My hope is that, at whatever point you find yourself in life, whether gloriously happy, profoundly sad, or somewhere in between, you can find comfort and hope in the assurance that nothing can separate from the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord.


Rev. Linda Willey


Please join us as we remember our Lord’s passion and celebrate his resurrection.

Sunday, March 20                            Palm/Passion Sunday Worship Service, 9:30 a.m.

Thursday, March 24    Maundy Thursday, Celebration of the Last Supper, 7 p.m.

Friday, March 25 Good Friday, Tenebrae Service, 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 27  EASTER, Easter Celebration with Holy Communion, 9:30 a.m.

Sunday, April 3  Worship Service, 9:30 a.m./Easter Egg Hunt for children and youth following the service.


You are invited to share in this year’s Easter offering in support of the vital mission work of Christ’s church.  This year’s gifts will support three life-affirming ministries.

Local:  In Care Of Multi-Services, Inc., (a new soup kitchen in Beacon)

National: Disaster Response, U S - UMCOR # 901670

International: Global Refugee/Migration UMCOR # 3022144

Gifts may be made on-line for the National and International ministries by going to www.umcor.org, clicking on the donate button, and searching for the Advance number.

You may credit FUMC with your gift.


May our gifts bring life and hope to others in the season of new life.