The sharing of life stories is immensely important, imparting the knowledge and wisdom gained through a lifetime of experiences from one generation. Hearing such stories enriches all the listeners, providing both encouragement and the challenge to model such a well-lived life. The tradition of imparting generational accounts around a fire reaches back to the beginning of the human experience. First Stories is a winter series where once a month listeners gather around the Main Street Café fireplace to hear a longtime member of First Methodist share his or her life story in an intimate session. The events are recorded and become a part of the church archives and also provide present and future generations the opportunity to hear these stories. So, take your cup of hot chocolate or coffee, find a comfortable spot to sit, and join us virtually beside the fireplace for First Stories.


Bob Boothe was the inaugural speaker for the 2018 Winter Series. Bob entertained and inspired the live audience with his positive outlook on life. He helped all present see God’s hand guiding him through his varied life experiences from learning to fly an airplane at age 16, across multiple careers, service in both the Army and Navy, international travels to many countries (including Russia during the Cold War), and even while traveling the country as a dog show judge. Enjoy Bob’s rich life story.

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