Children’s Sabbath

June 11th was a joyous celebration with Confirmation and Children’s Sabbath.  It was so exciting to share with the whole congregation a “taste” of what we do upstairs in our Faith Formation children’s chapel.  Our young children were so excited to...
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A Song of Gratitude for Leftovers

The end of the program year can be a busy time in many peoples lives, rushing from one thing to the next. For any who feel busy, strained, overwhelmed, or just in need of comfort, I lift up this prayer from a very ordinary part of life. May you be met with grace in very ordinary...
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Saying Yes

Sometimes in planning, we choose a theme for worship, and say “This is what we will be doing for these four weeks.” And it seems over these few weeks a different theme has found us instead. Last week for new members, we were overjoyed to welcome 9 adults, 1 youth, and 3 kiddos to...
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Rise Up

“With our theme Rise Up, we want you to do exactly what our overall message declares: Rise up, instead of falling down. Rise up and offer a helping hand to those around you and accompany them through difficult times. Rise up in times of defeat. Rise up and defend the truth....
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Jubilee: Rest, Renewal, and Relationship

What are ways you find rest and renewal? In nature, mediation or play? I find it most potently in art. Throughout May and June, sixteen original artworks, borrowed from the Grunewald Guild, will hang in the atrium. For many years I have been involved with the Grunewald Guild,...
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Gratitude and Hope

Dear Church, What a joy and an honor it is to begin with you all as settled Lead Pastor. It has been a gift to be with you through these last five and a half years, to be invited into your lives to worship God, and to serve with love together. As we enter this next season, I am...
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Special Congregational Meeting: Time to Vote

One year ago, two weeks after Easter Sunday, Pastor Kevin stood before the congregation and explained that he would be retiring in six months’ time. Kevin gave us the gift of time for this church to do what we do best – take time to think, to process, to make a plan,...
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Everything you ever wanted to know about the Congregational Care Commission

 The Congregational Care Commission is the church’s largest commission and we’ve been around for a long time.  We used to be known as The Deaconesses, and we became a commission with our own budget in 2006.  Some of our members have served for over 20 years! The Congregational...
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Holy Week: How Palm Sunday Will Be Different

Last year, Palm Sunday was a feat of logistics. Through the work of innumerable volunteers doing  everything from asking “what room does this go in”, to acting as cross-walk managers, sound crews in two locations, directing a bus and of course playing trombones, we managed to...
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