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Kewanee United Methodist Church
"Making Disciples - Whatever It Takes"
108 East Central Blvd. - Kewanee, IL 61443-2246
Phone: (309) 853-4497

Church e-mail: firstumc@kewaneeumc.com


Welcome to First United Methodist Church of Kewanee, IL!

As I write this, it is the Wednesday before Ascension Sunday, which also makes it about 1 ½ weeks before Pentecost, and 2 ½ weeks before Trinity Sunday.  In recent weeks, the lectionary texts for Sundays including passages from Acts which emphasized the work of the Holy Spirit as the gospel was spread into new communities, demonstrating the truth of Acts 1:8, “you shall be my witness in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.”  (Emphasis added)

The upcoming Sundays emphasize the work of God in all of God’s manifestations.  On Ascension Sunday, we celebrate the ascension of Jesus into heaven, the action of glorifying the Son.  On Pentecost, we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit to the church.  And on Trinity Sunday, we celebrate the Three in One, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  And then the long season of Pentecost continues to remind us that all that we are and all that we do as followers of Jesus is the work of God as we are reminded that each of us Christians have gifts with which to do ministry and we work, not in our own strength, but the strength of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

The mission of First United Methodist Church of Kewanee is “Making Disciples….Whatever It Takes.”  I invite you to join us in that mission, whether you are seeking to become a disciple or whether you are already a disciple who is seeking to walk with God more closely.  And in this time when we celebrate the Ascension, Pentecost, and the Trinity, I pray you will indeed know the presence and power of God, the Three in One. 


Yours in Christ,
Paul Copeland

Paul Copeland, Pastor

We've a Story to Tell to the Nations

1.    We've a story to tell to the nations,
    that shall turn their hearts to the right,
    a story of truth and mercy,
    a story of peace and light,
    a story of peace and light.
    For the darkness shall turn to dawning,
    and the dawning to noonday bright;
    and Christ's great kingdom shall come on earth,
    the kingdom of love and light.

2.    We've a song to be sung to the nations,
    that shall lift their hearts to the Lord,
    a song that shall conquer evil
    and shatter the spear and sword,
    and shatter the spear and sword.

3.    We've a message to give to the nations,
    that the Lord who reigneth above
    hath sent us his Son to save us,
    and show us that God is love,
    and show us that God is love.

4.    We've a Savior to show to the nations,
    who the path of sorrow hath trod,
    that all of the world's great peoples
    might come to the truth of God,
    might come to the truth of God.
We've a Story to Tell to the Nations - The United Methodist Hymnal Number 569
Text: H. Ernest Nichol, 1862-1928 (CWH attrib to Colin Sterne) Music: H. Ernest Nichol, 1862-1928
Tune: MESSAGE, Meter: 10 8.87 with Refrain 
 Courtesy of http://www.hymnsite.com/


Picture of pastor and church sign

Paul L. Copeland - Senior Pastor
e-mail: paullcopeland@gmail.com

Forward in Faith

A Message From Our Pastor

First United Methodist Church of Kewanee IL