First United Methodist Church Sunday Social Time: 8:30-9 a.m. First & Delaware Streets Sunday School: 9 a.m. Fairfield, Illinois 62837 Morning Worship: 10 a.m. 618-842-2129
A Message from Pastor Donna...
In 1984, the story of insurance salesman, Morris Frank was depicted in the movie Love Leads the Way. Morris was blinded in a boxing accident and his world turned upside down. He was unable to function in the world around him and without hope of leading a normal life. He became the first American to have a seeing eye dog and leads the way in changing laws and attitudes towards their use in America.
Whether we have the gift of physical sight or not, we are all spiritually blind until we accept that Jesus was sent by God to be our guide and to help us see God’s love for us. Let Christ be the love that leads your way this Lenten season and always. We are all in need of God’s guiding light and love. Come to celebrate God’s gift of Jesus with us during the Lenten and Easter Seasons. Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”
Sermons for the month of March/Easter Services
March 10x10 Focus-To Engage in Mission
March 4 Rehab: Program Exodus 20:1-17
March 11 Rehab: Recovery John 3:14-18
March 18 Rehab: Promise Jeremiah 31:31-34
March 25 “Love Leads the Way” Philippians 2:5-11 Palm Sunday
March 29 Maundy Thursday Service at Ellen Moore UMC
March 30 Good Friday Service at First UMC
April 1 “New Life” Romans 6:3-11 Sunrise Service/Breakfast following
April 1 “The Dawning” John 20:1-18 Easter Service
Rev. Donna Blythe, who served four years at Sunfield United Methodist Church in DuQuoin, began her appointment in Fairfield on July 1, 2014.
She grew up in the St. Louis Metro East area in Bethalto, IL, and has been in ministry for 19 years. Rev. Blythe has also served the Bethel and Kane charge near Jerseyville, IL, Benld UMC, and as an Associate Pastor at Belleville St. Matthew and Riverside UMC in Moline.
Prior to entering ministry, Rev. Blythe was employed as a medical social worker in the Alton area for 20 years with experience in a general hospital setting and the areas of hospice, home health, extended care and psychiatric care. Rev. Blythe earned her Bachelor's Degree from McKendree College in 1976 and a Master of Divinity Degree from Eden Theological Seminary in 2005.
She has been a co-owner in several small businesses; a weekly newspaper, an advertising agency, a restaurant and guest house on the Mississippi River in Grafton, IL, and renovated rental properties.
Rev. Blythe's ministry is focused on a passionate love of Christ that is lived out through Biblically inspired preaching, grounded by intentional prayer ministries, Bible study and devoted pastoral care. She always seeks to develop intergenerational ministries that touch the lives of those in the church and result in lay driven missions in the community and world. Rev. Blythe has experience in developing faith based support groups and ministries in the areas of addiction recovery, domestic violence, and grief support. She has a passion for ministries with children, youth and families.
As part of her ministry in the community, Rev. Blythe has served in ministerial alliances, local Chambers of Commerce and economic development groups, a library board, domestic violence center board, food pantries and clothing ministries.
She currently is serving on the Conference Board of Pensions and Health Care and the Wesley Foundation at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
Her favorite scripture is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." This never fails to remind her to be grateful to God for His presence and love in all circumstances of life.
Rev. Blythe and husband, Tom, have four children and six grandchildren. Rev. Blythe's son, Joe Snyder and his two daughters, Destiny (age 14) and Brooklyn (age 10) live with the Blythe's. Son, John Blythe, lives in Mt. Vernon, daughter, Laura (Blythe) Land and her family live in Litchfield and daughter Sarah (Snyder) Woods and family live in Port Orange, FL.