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Vacation Bible Camp

Vacation Bible Camp

Dear Friends, If you have been at the church any night this week, you have witnessed firsthand around 50 of our children on the “Rolling River Rampage” of Vacation Bible Camp. Laughter and songs echoed through our halls each night. “With Jesus in my heart, the spirit...
The Hill of Crosses

The Hill of Crosses

“On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross…” I have found myself singing this old hymn over and over since returning from Lithuania on Monday. I was in Lithuania with three of our leaders to visit United Methodist churches that Royal Oak First has been partnering...
In Humble Service

In Humble Service

Dear Friends, You are a blessing. That is why the church exists—to be a blessing. The church exists to take the love of Christ it knows and has experienced for itself and then turn around and share it with the world. And you, the people of Royal Oak First, are indeed...
Love (like) Jesus

Love (like) Jesus

Dear Friends, Christians talk often about how much they love Jesus. But what exactly does that mean? How does one love Jesus? Is loving Jesus an act of worship? Is it adhering to a set of beliefs? Is it an adherence to a set of doctrine? Is it through acts of personal...
The First 100

The First 100

Dear Friends, It all started in 1838 when the Reverend J.M. Arnold was assigned to organize a Methodist church in a small village just north of Detroit called Royal Oak. The Royal Oak Methodists met in a one room schoolhouse on the corner of Main and Lincoln. It was...
Delores Grier

Delores Grier

She is not going to like this. My grandma has always been the type to work quietly in the background, never wanting a show, never wanting to be in the spotlight. Well, she is in the spotlight now. When I was attending Jane Addams Middle School, my cousin and I went to...
Brianna

Brianna

Church has not always been a safe place for me. The churches I grew up in made it very clear that people like me were not welcome. The exclusions were plenty; the empathy was scarce. I had sworn off church because of the bitterness that had grown. That all slowly...
Welcome Home

Welcome Home

  “Like the pine trees lining the winding road, I got a name” Jim Croce, I Got a Name “Whether we like it or not, we all come from someplace. And at some point in our lives, we have to make peace with that place.” Jeffrey Stepakoff, The Orchard “Hello, Wisconsin!”...
Jennifer

Jennifer

Sometimes adults get it- sometimes they don’t. Jennifer always got it. She always let us tease her for the way she said “Ha-le-LU-jah.” She always set us up with the chords to start singing “Siyahamba” knowing fully well that we would respond by making fun of how she...
Dangerous Prayers

Dangerous Prayers

Dear Friends, What a glorious week here at Royal Oak First! The weather is beautiful; the birds are chirping and the construction crews are humming. Life is good. We are on an adventure here at our church, an adventure of new surroundings, new people visiting, new...
Pro

Pro

A great teacher can change your life. Besides all my music classes, one of my favorite classes in High School was Ecology with Mr. Chamberlain. Interlochen Arts Academy is tucked on a strip of land between two quiet lakes and surrounded by a state park and pine...
Baggage Claim

Baggage Claim

Dear Friends, In our modern world we often say that we need support systems but, in our church and families, we have built-in support systems. In our scripture today, the paralyzed man has a group of friends that are his built-in support system. I’ve come to believe...

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