Logan Ellis: Send Hope

My name is Logan Ellis, and I am in seventh grade. The first few times I participated in Send Hope food packing was in fourth and fifth grade during Vacation BibleSchool. It was an excellent experience that allowed me to make new friends while serving others. During sixth grade, my family and I packed food […]

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Cheryl Swihart: Loving God, Serving Others

At a young age, I was influenced by my Grandmother. She was a devout Christian who was committed to serving others in her small rural community through her group of church women known as the Dorcas Society (after the life of Dorcas, also known as Tabitha – Acts 9:26-42). Their acts included sewing, preparing meals […]

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Back To School

Faith Story: Harlan Sullivan I am a teacher. It is not merely what I do for a living. It is who I am. It is hard to remember a time when I didn’t want to be a teacher. I have always loved school, and the first day of school is one of my favorite days […]

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Going on to Perfection

Our family’s faith story began almost twenty years ago, not long before we got engaged. I grew up Roman Catholic. Whitney’s family didn’t go to church. But we knew that we would someday want to raise our children in a community of faith.  Whitney had gone to preschool at the First United Methodist Church in […]

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God’s Call

In John 20, we read the story of Mary Magdalene, who went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance to the tomb where Jesus had been laid. After she spoke with the angels who sat in the tomb, She turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she […]

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Dereck Owens: Fitness Peace

Two and a half years ago, my life was full of loss. My father passed away from cancer.  I lost my job as a college advisor while having to take care of him. And shortly after his passing, my grandmother passed away. She was the last living relative on my father’s side. Following all the […]

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Ron Jenkins: Safe, Loved, and Blessed

In the winter of 1983, my wife, my 18-month-old son and 12-year-old daughter moved to Plano. Like most new Planoites, we immediately started searching for doctors and a couple of go-to places to eat. Thank goodness for Chili’s and Fishmongers. We also began a search for a church home. After exploring a few options, we […]

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Bart Smith: Divine Plan

After 50 plus years in ministry, I know we worship an awesome God! – a God who sometimes moves in mysterious ways. My birthday is June 17th, the same date as that of John Wesley, founder of Methodism. I was raised in Colorado City in west Texas. At age three, I developed severe tonsillitis. The […]

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Sherman Anderson : What’s The Use?

My faith journey has been long, by the grace of God, and it continues. It started in the Methodist church in Dumas, TX. In the late 40’s, as a teen, I was an active participant in youth activities, Sunday School and MYF. I have fond memories of summer camps at Ceta Glenn in the Palo […]

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Sarah-Michelle Laddusaw: Divine Movement

I see several landmarks along the path of my faith journey. I was baptized at nine years old, and I assumed that moment was my own doing, not the influence of divine grace. It’s only the more recent and seemingly insignificant moments in which I’ve more readily recognized something actively moving me. The first time […]

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