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         Rev.        Steve Lundin, Pastor




Memories of Moments

Last week on a Thursday morning I was writing a description of our ministry here at the Neighborhood Services Center of First United Methodist Church for the Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church. 
One of the questions I was responding to was — Is there a particular moment or memory that stands out for you? I was sitting behind the computer screen thinking of the many moments and memories I have of ministry with those who are poor, homeless, addicted, mentally ill, and battling hardship and disease. I was thinking about the many things that I could write about — how in those simple and gentle moments I look out at the people in our social hall and get a vision of the Kingdom of God.
And then the moment came as I sat there thinking, trying to shut out the sounds of our active ministry. One of our office volunteers was praying with a man who is sick and lonely and in need of friendship. It was a simple, thoughtful, and compassionate prayer that honored the man’s request and the needs he had shared. These are the moments that carry me and keep me going. These are the moments that remind me of why we do this ministry. We are doing something beautiful for God!

Derek Vasselin   The  NSC Community Rep,


Pastor Cindy …

Hello everyone! I’m back again to report my bi-weekly blog on what’s going on here amongst the beloved community here at the church.

I gotta say, we’re all in good spirits and doing well. I’d like to mention that our Pastor Cindy did a wonderful job holding the church down while our dear Pastor Steve was on vacation for ten days. We welcome him back !

You know I just can’t help writing about how grateful we all are for all of your donations. It seems that as soon as we put whatever the need is out there, we receive those donations within the week.

So I just want to thank you all for all you do for the NSC program here. We could not do it without you.

Thank you all and may you walk in peace.



Sharon Forrest



Who do you know who has managed to get out of the streets and into housing?  I know several folks, and I know a bit about lots more over the time I’ve worked with this program.  It’s wonderful to see someone who has gone through the ups and downs and managed to come out on the other end of such an experience.  

1. We have one fellow who even went through cardiac surgery and


     Rev.        Cindy  Storrs



Dear Church,

Thanks to Josh’s fine attention to detail and commitment to beauty, we have another area in the education building that has been transformed into a delightful and usable office space. Room 4, which often serves as an emergency resting place, or the place we have to offer shelter for a time for a guest who has helped with chores, has been repaired, repainted and officially renovated.

We found ourselves in need of some additional office space. With three of us meeting with guests or core volunteers, the room in the resource room often felt not private enough. With the renovation of room 4, we now have another area for any of us to meet with someone for the ongoing work of referrals and helping guests take the next step. Thanks to some help from Nancy Hunter, who found a lovely area rug, and the Aschenbrenner’s who knew someone who had a large, conference room-sized table that needed a home, along with a desk that came from who knows where, we were able to set up another office area for meetings.

Besides creating an office area, we also have