Pastor’s Column

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Following Christ Into the World

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Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ! Christ calls us to take up our cross and follow Him. This is not always easy to do. Sometimes He asks us to follow Him down unknown paths or into uncomfortable situations. The challenge in our faith is to trust Him enough to follow, no matter what. To follow […]

Faith Like a Child

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Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ! Summer is officially here, both with the kids being out of school and in the heat that is starting to hit. As a kid this was my favorite time of year, as I got two months of freedom from the classroom, and as an adult it is still one […]

General Conference 2016 Reflections

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Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ! This morning I sat with the Tuesday morning Bible study class and watched the live feed of General Conference as the president of the Council of Bishops for the United Methodist Church addressed the church on behalf of our bishops. Bishop Bruce Ough explained that his heart was broken […]

All Things New

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Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ! The saying tells us that April showers bring May flowers and while it might not have been as much rain as we needed, we definitely had some rainy days in April. The product of those rains will be seen in our flower beds and gardens as we venture into […]

Reliving Easter Sunday

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Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ! I just got back from cleaning up the Easter Sunday remnants in the sanctuary. The unclaimed Easter lilies have been moved to soak up the sun in the patio, the empty Easter eggs and children’s worship packets were moved to my office and the bits of trash have made […]

Blessing our “stuff”

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Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ! In the wake of a new year, I have had several people ask me if I perform vehicle blessings and my answer is yes. Vehicles, homes, and pets are all worthy of our thanksgiving to God as well as a blessing for God’s protection and presence. Is not everything […]

‘Tis the season…

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Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ! ‘Tis the season. Not the season of celebration and indulgence that we just finished with Christmas, but just the opposite. It is the season of self-denial and sacrifice that we in the church call Lent. lent is a time when we can realize the distractions of life that can […]

New Year of Opportunities

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Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ, born to us once again and here to greet us with a new year of opportunities and blessings. I am looking at 2016 with hope and anticipation and I am ready to be proactive in the goals that I plan to achieve this year. I plan to take […]

Christmas season is officially here!

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Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ! Christmas season is officially here! Despite decorations and Christmas goodies on sale in the stores since before Halloween, we can finally bring out the lights, our trees, and favorite nativity scenes. We can shop ’til we drop and bake to our heart’s desire. But, most of all, I hope […]

Stewardship and The Giving Tree

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Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ! I will admit that this is not my favorite time of year. I’m not talking about Fall, but I am talking about the season that I ask each of you to pledge money to the church. Admittedly, I have never been good at it. When I was a child […]