Therefore, brothers and sisters, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith.

It was only about two decades following the death of Jesus that the Apostle Paul felt the need to write a letter of support and encouragement to the people of the Greek city of Thessalonica.  It was addressed to the congregants of a church Paul had established there the previous year and they were becoming somewhat restless and anxious since some of their expectations were not being immediately realized.  Paul’s message was to “keep the faith” and “stay the course.”  Rev. Debra Armstrong suggests that Paul’s message of fidelity to the faith, even in difficult times, is an enduring message as relevant now as it was two millennia ago.  To view Armstrong’s message for this week, click on the tab above labeled “Video Sermon Archive” and select the message for October 18.

‘Do not worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.’ – Paul

The Apostle Paul was experiencing his own problems when, in about 55 AD from a Roman jail, he wrote a letter to the people of Philippi in Greece.  He exhorted them, “Do not worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.”  It was as tall an order then as it is today.  Pastor Debra Armstrong’s message this week seeks to explain Paul’s directive and its application to the Philippians as well as to ourselves.  You may attend and hear this message live from the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church or, if unable to attend, you may click on the tab above labeled “Video Sermon Archive” and then select the October 11 service.

Armstrong makes short move across Pee Dee River

With her previous charge at Christ UMC in Bennettsville, Pastor Debra Armstrong is settling in at Cheraw’s First United Methodist. Armstrong will lead this Sunday’s worship service at FUMC at 10 am in the Third Street sanctuary observing Covid protocols. Only the live service is available this week with recorded videos returning the following week (Oct 11) and available under the Archived Video Sermons tab above.

Now it happened while he was standing by the lake of Genessaret and he saw two boats…

The Rev. Phil Thrailkill, in his last service as interim pastor at First United Methodist, provides insight into “How Jesus Operated” through the retelling of the fisherman story in which Jesus recruits his first four disciples:  Peter, Andrew, James and John. To view the pastor’s message for September 27, click on the tab above labeled “Video Sermon Archive” and select the sermon for this date.

John the Baptist clears a path

Click on the tab above labeled “Video Sermon Archive” and select the date September 20 to view the message of the Rev. Phil Thrailkill titled “John the Baptist Clears a Path.” ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. This video will be available after 10 am on Sunday, September 20th when this message is delivered in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church before a live congregation practicing safe Covid-19 protocols.

A day in the life of Jesus

To view the Sunday worship message from Pastor Phil Thrailkill, click on the tab above labeled “Video Sermon Archives”. You can then select to view the video, read the printed sermon text or download Phil’s Sermon Notes.