Praying With Our Feet

Since last week’s E-Call, I have been on an exciting journey of what it means to be living in an area of the country where the temperatures drop low enough for snow to form and what it means to be a minister in the midst of a loving congregation and a global neighborhood of...
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What Matters

The Dash,” written by Linda Davis, sends a message that it is the “dash” in between our birth and transition death dates which characterizes how we will be remembered.  Her words inform my writing this week as we begin our Lenten journey: the forty days in which...
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Pancakes

Before Ash Wednesday and the reflective season of Lent, there comes my favorite Tuesday of the year:  Mardi Gras.  This is no ordinary Tuesday!  Growing up, we didn’t have a carnival parade or elaborate feathered masks but we did have heaping stacks of pancakes for supper...
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Youth Service-Learning Outings

Long car rides. Sun. Sweat. New places. New faces. Eyes and hearts being opened. Late night conversations. New perspectives. Serving food and friendly smiles. These are some of the treasured elements of youth service trips, which are opportunities for the young people of our...
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Budgets and Gratitude

In the office we try to say, “when good things happen, let’s tell people about them!” Often this is for the work of outreach, learning, music, children, and other ministries of the church. But today we have a story to tell about the nitty gritty work of the...
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A Journey: From Vision to Reality

As I read last week’s e-call reflection, “New Year, New Relationships, New Commitments,” it reminded me of the visioning board which hangs on the wall of my home office. The board, entitled “New Voices, New Stories, New Dreams” is the result of some...
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New Year, New Relationships, New Commitments

2018 is upon us; we are beginning our new year together. This Sunday is a busy one in our church life. Music programs are starting up again – with small groups for Bible Study and Social Justice studies starting up again before worship, Chancel Choir and the kids Discovery...
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Precarious and Precious

We hope you enjoyed the sacred silliness of the Nativity Pageant. With gusto and glee, our community exuberantly recounted the story of the birth of Jesus. Perhaps our production seemed ludicrous but underneath the outlandish spirit is a powerful truth: it was a precarious time...
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Hitting Your Breaks Frequently in Traffic

Here we are again. (Stop). Waiting. (Stop). Staring at the bumper-stickers of the car in front of us. (Stop). Sometimes, there is a moment that we get our hopes up. Sometimes, it seems like there is an opening. Sometimes the road seems to clear, and all of the red lights in front...
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