July 18th–Emily’s Musings


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July 18th–Emily’s Musings

There are many wonderful things about living in Nemaha County, and one of the biggest “perks” is the easy access to the area’s vibrant art scene!  Those who are unfamiliar with the region are surprised to learn this, but our little pocket of southeastern Nebraska is home to a wide variety of artists and fine arts-aficionados.  The Brownville Village Theater has been a venue for promising young drama students to show off their acting chops for over 50 summers, and the Brownville Concert Series brings Broadway-level talent to rural audiences.  Area galleries feature sculptures, pottery, glassworks, and paintings created by local talent, and there are many artists and musicians who call the Auburn area “home.”  

It’s a blessing to be surrounded by this level of talent, and that’s why Auburn First UMC is going to spend the rest of the summer celebrating the arts through our new worship series!  For the next six weeks, our “Beautiful Things” sermon series will focus on art in the Bible and throughout Christian history.  And best of all: we will be featuring a series of guest artists who will be joining us in worship and sharing their work with us!  It is going to be a fun and informative summer–you won’t want to miss the chance to see these talented women and men as they share their gifts with us! 

“Beautiful Things”–Schedule of Guest Artists

July 23rd—Nancy Moran (painting) http://www.nancyleemoran.com

July 30th—Terry and Renee Vice (broommaking and bluegrass music) http://www.sweetwaterbrooms.com

August 6th—Lilli Summerlin (violin)

August 13th—Students from Auburn Dance Academy  http://www.auburndancellc.com

August 20th—Dr. Chet Harper (theater)

August 27th—Brittany Jacoby (poetry)


Join us this July and August for an inspiring exploration of faith and beauty!


The image that accompanies this blog post is a painting called “Rejoice”, by artist and priest Sieger Koder (1925-2015).
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Wow, it’s been a crazy summer so far! June was a bit of a whirlwind for our family: first we had Annual Conference in Grand Island, then we went on vacation with my extended family, and then we returned to Auburn for a wild week of Vacation Bible School!

Last week (June 26-30), we were blessed by the ministry of five amazing VBS interns from the Great Plains summer internship program.  Kristina, Annie, Hawi, Jennifer, and Jemimah are travelling all over Kansas and Nebraska this summer, and they are bringing the high-energy “Hero Central” VBS program to churches in small communities like ours.  Under the leadership of the fearless Sarah Hanika, and with the help of a number of adult and youth volunteers from Auburn FUMC, these five interns brought us a truly epic Vacation Bible School experience.

VBS was attended by 35+ children between the ages of 2 and 12, and these pint-sized heroes spent the week learning the Super Hero Code: God’s heroes have heart, courage, wisdom, hope, and power! They played games, did science experiments, heard Bible stories, danced to some ridiculously-catchy songs, ate delightful snacks (courtesy of super-chef Cindy Glenn), and had a great time learning about God’s love.  You can take a peek into the fun by watching the official Auburn VBS slideshow here:

Thank you so much to all of our volunteers, parents, and kids for helping us have a great week of Vacation Bible School.  Always remember–heroes “do good, seek peace, and go after it!” (Psalm 34)

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