…and remember the baby

On this first Sunday of Advent, Rev. Debra Armstrong brings the message of hope and with it the admonition, amidst the bustle and excitement of the season, not to forget “the baby.” …………………………………………………………………………To view the worship service for November 29th, click on the tab above labeled “Video Sermon Archive” and then select the appropriate date.

from the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church in Cheraw…

To view the recorded Sunday worship service, click on the tab above labeled “Video Sermon Archive” and then click on the date of the service desired.

…as we celebrate the powerful spiritual bond between those in heaven and those still on this earth.

In the year 609 AD Pope Boniface IV declared May 13 to be a day of celebration of the words and deeds of the many saints of the Catholic Church. In 736 Pope Gregory III moved this observance to November 1. And following the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century, many Christian sects continued this observance and expanded it to include the recognition of lost loved ones now in heaven. The Rev. Debra Armstrong offers a message on this All Hallow’s Day of both joy and comfort and recognizes those members of First Methodist Church who have gained their heavenly reward in the last year. To view this message, click above on “Video Sermon Archive” and then select “November 1.”

Press On With These Commandments

To view the October 25th worship service of Cheraw’s First United Methodist Church, recorded live at 10 am, and hear the Rev. Debra Armstrong’s message on gaining the goal of heaven, click above on the tab labeled “Video Sermon Archive” and select the October 25 date.

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.