Welcome

Welcome to Oak Harbor First United Methodist Church!


Our hope is in Jesus, and our longing is for community that is alive and thriving. We want to enfold as many people as possible into the dream of becoming the very best versions of whom God uniquely created us to be. We welcome you to come and live among us to find your heart, your hope, your voice, and your passion in making a difference in our community and the world.


Ever since 1891, faith has thrived and people have flourished in our church family. As serious and devoted disciples of Jesus, we seek to receive grace and direction from God and imprint our world with the same. We have a longstanding relationship with our Naval Air Station Whidbey Island community that spans over 75 years.


When you visit our church, you will find:

  • A caring congregation that will welcome you warmly and unconditionally.
  • Biblical preaching and teaching.
  • Small Group ministries to help you grow spiritually.
  • Outreach ministries to our community and the world.
  • Dynamic music and worship services.
  • Growing Youth and Young Adult ministries.

We are glad you are here!


Pastor David Parker and Cara

Pastor David’s Current Reading 


 “I am eager to preach the gospel to you”

Romans 1:15

 

Every November, I carve out some time to focus in on creating a preaching calendar for the coming New Year. I will soon again be establishing a Bible Menu to 52 weeks of feasting on God’s word (Deuteronomy 8:3). A balanced diet is important for healthy growth in God’s kingdom. The Bible contains seven genres or “meal categories” (spiritual food groups). (1) Narrative (History), (2) Poetry & Lyrics (for worship and lament), (3) Wisdom (for moral, ethical living), (4) Prophecy (for direction, correction and warning), (5) Gospels (the good news of Jesus and our salvation), (6) Epistles (Letters teaching faith and doctrine), and (7) Apocalypse (urgent, symbolic appeals related to the completion of God’s work inhuman history). As with any real human diet, all seven biblical food groups are essential to forming a healthy and sustained faith with a balanced diet of biblical voices.

 

For five-and-a-half years, I have been feeding you from this master menu. Here is where we have traveled so far:

 

Books of the Bible: I have taken us through Ephesians, Ecclesiastes, Daniel, Philippians, James, 1 Corinthians, Mark, Haggai, and Revelation.

I have much more taken us through a journey of thematic series on discipleship topics or dynamics and challenges in living the Christian faith. While I don’t have space and time to list all the scriptures and messages of each series, here is the list of the big-idea focus series we have been through together.

 

Topical Series: God Callings (saying yes to God’s leading); Salvaged (living a restored life); Body Language (in our worship); Living our Legacy (125th Anniversary series); Daring Faith (living a bold, courageous  life); Famous Last words (speaking life, not death); Outward Bound (faith sharing); Culture Shock (being Christian in a post-Christian culture); Step Up! (personal discipleship responsibility); Breaking Free (the seven deadly sins); Enough (the habits of generosity); Arrivals (how Jesus comes to us).

 

We have also focused in on, “Blessed to be a Blessing” (famous OT heroes of the faith); Good to Great (what the Bible describes as a “great” life); Christian (The Beatitudes); Simply Jesus (a very different Rabbi); Radical (dynamics of rooted faithfulness); Life in the Spirit (drawing close to the Holy Spirit); Unexpected Gifts (the surprise gifts of Christmas); Uniting the Divide (2 Chronicles 7:14); Google It (Top 12 American Searches); Songs in the Key of Life (Hymns and worship Songs); Hope is Here (National Back-to-church Sunday series); Living the Purposed Life (Purpose-Driven outline); and As Life Happens (Advent 2021).

 

Other themes have included, “Judgement: Good Guys, Bad Guys, Us Guys;” “X Marks the Spot;” “Love is more than a feeling;” “Moving Words;” “Science and Faith;” “The Ten Commandments;” “Just like Jesus;” “24 Hours;” “Names of God;” “The Road Less Traveled;” and “Deep Calls to Deep.” 234 messages will take us to the end of this year! Few! That’s a lot to eat!

 

Nevertheless, one meal at a time each week. Once again, I will be planning a 2022-preaching calendar soon. It will be our biblical, dietary menu for feasting on God’s word on Sunday mornings. After reading this article, I am asking that you will pause and pray that the Holy Spirit will speak to me as to what “meals” should be served up this next year.

 

You may even feel nudged by the Holy Spirit to suggest a focus topic or two that would be timely for our congregation. Please feel free to send me an email (david@oakharborfumc.org). I make no promises but am genuinely open to suggestions. More importantly, I would love to know why you think that your preaching idea might be a good thing for our church family next year.

 

It is my great delight, burden, joy and weekly struggle to bring you fresh, heaven-sent food (manna) that will feed and grow our flock. I love to preach and God is a faithful Master Chef! Please know that a weekly restaurant outing to have a good meal is not a sustaining or healthy diet. To live well (spiritually), one must eat daily and relish in these words of life.

 

“When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, Lord God almighty” (Jeremiah 15:16 NIV).

 


Pastor David ☺