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"The Shape of Belonging"

Summer Sermon Series

No…Moabite shall be admitted to the assembly of the Lord. Even to the tenth generation, none of their descendants shall be admitted to the assembly of the Lord. — Deuteronomy 23:3 (NRSVUE)

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Loneliness has become its own pandemic in our culture according to U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy. Cultural observers from various fields note the increasing levels of despair and disconnection from the community. We note how civil discourse gives way to polarized, caustic, and often violent rhetoric. What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus in such a context and practice loving our neighbor? How do we avoid being contaminated by the culture and live as a beacon of God’s love, grace, and mercy? We turn to the Book of Ruth for guidance to observe how transformation happens.  

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If you’d like to explore the sermon series material further or consider it for your small group, we recommend Borders & Belonging: The Book of Ruth: A Story for our Times by Pádraig Ó Tuama and Glenn Jordan.

The book is available on Amazon or anywhere you buy your books. Discussion questions and prayers are provided for each chapter.

Sunday, July 14, 2024 | 8th Sunday after Pentecost

The Shape of Belonging: Part 1 - "Crossing Borders"

Rev. Debra Brady, preaching

Ruth 1:1-18 (CEB)

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Assigning people to binary categories such as good or evil, friend or foe, godly or heathen seems to be a feature of the human condition. Jesus continually drew the circle of God’s family wider to the surprise and horror of his cultural setting. We examine the risks and opportunities of transcending the borders we have created between “us and them.”

Children's Sunday School Lesson for July 14

Mephibosheth – 2 Samuel 9: 1-13

Faith Word: BELONG

This week, we will learn a story about how helping people makes them feel like they belong. We can all find belonging through God’s love. No matter how we are different or where we come from, God welcomes and loves us.

Press the play button to watch this week's Sunday school lesson.

Nursery Care & Children Sunday School Schedule

As United Methodists, we believe in welcoming and nurturing the children in our church family.  We offer Nursery Care and Children's Sunday School during Sunday worship. 

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For information on our Children and Youth Ministries and activities, please contact the church office at

(209) 522-9046 or email us at fumc@firstumcmodesto.org.

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2024 Vacation Bible School

"Camp Firelight: A Summer Camp Adventure with God"

Monday - Friday, July 15 - 19 | Churchwide | 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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Invite your Friends and Neighbors!

Free Admission | Dinner Included

Summer is here, and Camp Firelight VBS is the perfect location for every camper’s favorite summer activities! Kids ages kindergarten through junior high are invited to an exciting week of fun activities and a shared evening meal as we learn about God's love for each of us. Seventh-and eighth-grade students may choose to attend or participate as volunteers! 

Register with the above QR code or click here to attend!

Contact Kelsea Overstreet at koverstreet11@sbcglobal.net for more information.

Contact the church office at (209) 522-9046 or email fumc@firstumcmodesto.org for more event information.

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