JUNE 12, 2020
Seeing Past the Obstacles
Monabeth Milliron (Louisiana, USA)

We live by faith, not by sight.  
- 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)

Early one evening my friend Sherry phoned, telling me to go outside and look at the sunset. She described how beautiful the colors were and how the sky was a brilliant pink surrounding the setting sun. I eagerly went outside to look, but to my disappointment, my view was totally blocked by the trees. However, even though I couldn’t see it, from my friend’s vivid description and my past experiences of enjoying beautiful sunsets I could imagine how brilliant the sky looked.
So often it is the same for me as I try to live faithfully each day. When I am going through trials, it can be hard to see God at work in the situation. My eyes can be so focused on my need that I do not see an answer or the way through my struggles. But reading God’s promises in scripture and my past experiences of seeing God’s work in my life reassure me that God is present, even though I cannot see past the obstructions that are blocking my view. As we recall God’s blessings and answers to our prayers in the past, we can trust and envision that God is at work in our lives right now.

Creator God, help us to remember your answers to prayers and trust that you are at work in our lives. Amen.
Online Worship
Sunday @ 10:30 AM 
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"Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise." ~ Jeremiah 17:14

Please pray for the following: 
Rosemary Althoff, Rev Gary Buhl, 
Marcia Costello, Lu Edwards, Mike Edwards,
Connie Hamilton, Hedger Family, Helen Holt,
Bob King, Don Kinnaird, Rick Littlefield, Mary Doris Parker, Jerry Shelso,  Tim Swafford, Linda Theiss,
 Penny Weiskerger, Charlie Wooten.

We extend our Christian love and sympathy to the family and friends of Presley (Pete) Brown, who went home to the Lord on June 8, 2020. 
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Worship Together Again
on July 5th.

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What is Virtual VBS? Virtual VBS is an opportunity for your child to experience the excitement and fun of VBS!
We’re sad that we are unable to host VBS at First Church this year due to COVID-19, so we are pulling out all the stops and joining forces with Bridgepoint Church in St. Pete to make this the best week of your child’s summer!! All 2 years old to finished 5th grade are welcome.

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Dear beloved sister or brother in Christ,
United Methodists everywhere are being asked to celebrate a dad, grandfather or father figure by donating to a local church, posting about it on social media and encouraging others to do the same!
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With deep appreciation and blessings,
Your Church Family                                                                
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June 12th ~ July 5th:
All activities, events and meetings have been canceled or scheduled online.
 First United Methodist Church of Bradenton 
603 11th St. West
Bradenton, FL 34205