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    Welcome!

    Thank you for visiting our church website today. If you are looking for a church in Durand, you can find a welcoming, safe space here. At Durand United Methodist Church we believe we are made free by the love of God through Jesus Christ. Our impulse is to be active in the community and see with Jesus’ eyes, inwardly renewed by God’s Love, empowered by God’s Spirit. Our desire is to be at peace and bring God’s peace and love with us wherever we go. It is a joy to be a part of the Durand United Methodist Church! I invite you to connect with us in the life of this…

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    Knows Us

    20th Sunday After Pentecost sermon video You may have heard me talk about the Enneagram. It is a wonderfully nuanced tool of self-discovery some might call a Personality Test. I learned about it during the advanced certification program in Formative Spiritual Counseling I took over 15 years ago. I treated it much like other personality sorters, taking the test and leaving it at that—my results meant to reflect what my primary EnneaType was. Confirming what I already knew about myself…. After more reading, further self-discovery, and other situations in which I retook the assessment, my results began to shift. Now, no personality sorter can extract whether you’re being honest with…

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    Mindful of Us

    19th Sunday After Pentecost sermon video Howie has been on Facebook quite a lot recently. He decided a couple months back, after seeing some things posted that really bothered him, didn’t seem consistent with God’s kin-dom, of justice and making things right; he decided that he would just start posting and writing about what he is seeing, the kinds of arguments that occur with increasing mean-spiritedness, and mostly focusing on the wrong thing. Of course, as is often the case when people are not communicating face-to-face, it is easy to be rude. In fact, folks seem to find no issue with saying incredibly offensive things to ones who were intimately…

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    Intentional Advance

    18th Sunday After Pentecost sermon video At our church conference last week, Superintendent Fabiola Grandon-Mayer asked us the question, Why church? With technology, split into groups of 4. A few responses were: Courage—support for faith (e.g., strength in numbers/community), and comfort. We looked at the UMCs goals, and was reminded of the responsibility we have to be church, live out church actively, intentionally. Because, our scripture reading speaks to what happens when we aren’t. And Jesus doesn’t mince words here: “Therefore, the kin-dom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who produce the fruits of the kin-dom of God.” Matthew 21.43 Paul and his…