Pastor’s Blog

Ponder and seek peace

Dear Saints, It’s that time again, when I pick out (and pick on) a Christmas-themed commercial that whips me up. This year, there are two, juxtaposed to make a point. The first of my picks is an ad for a cell phone company  where we see back-to-back home videos of individuals in utter delight (screaming, […]

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Yes, We Are Blessed

Dear Saints, To begin our November newsletter by saying , “It’s that time of year again”….or “it’s the ‘holiday’ season and time to give thanks” … is not only trite and hackneyed (my favorite SAT word) but can also produce anxiety and/or dread around both the holidays and stewardship.  It’s also like every other (boring) […]

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Vine-Sign

Dear Saints, If you have taken exit 44 on Route 287 (north bound) anytime in the last 6 weeks, I wonder if you have seen anything unusual or ‘out of place’.  What I’m referring to is the vine growing on the guard rail on the left-hand side of the off ramp. Initially I thought it […]

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Mathematical Fraction

Dear Saints, As I left church on last Sunday, freshly back from vacation, I had three immediate thoughts. “Great to be back”, “What a gift to have a Baptism today” and “Where did the summer go?”. The last thought/lament is likely being echoed among many parents, teachers, administrators, bus drivers and the like as we […]

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Don’t Forget to Listen

Dear Saints, Summer is a wonderful time to enjoy on all sorts of fun things (and even some home projects) including movies and tv series. One of my favorite shows is Endeavor. It’s a wonderful British murder-mystery (much more mystery than murder). Endeavor is the prequel to the famous older PBS Masterpiece shows: “Inspector Morse” […]

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Christian Community

Dear Saints, In case you missed it, (as I did) the Scripps National Spelling Bee crowned another champion this year on June 1st. The word that won? Koinonia. Yup, a Greek word from the New testament that means Christian Community. It first appears in Acts 2. Koinonia is laced all throughout the New Testament as […]

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Watching for Rainbows

Dear Saints, In the wake of this week’s media outbreaks of racial and personal attacks I am feeling just plain disgusted. I hope I am not alone. While I believe everyone has a right to their opinion, we seem to have lost not only a sense of human decency, we have also clearly lost our […]

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Spring Cleaning

Dear Saints, Spring is squarely upon us and I’m sure we’re all breathing a sigh of relief that we are done with threats of snow piling up, day after day. But along with Spring comes the cultural reminder it’s time for spring cleaning! Some of you may already be in an annual rhythm of swapping […]

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Jesus-Journey

Dear My Beloved Saints, You are AMAZING You are so LOVING You are so THOUGHTFUL You are so KIND You are so GENEROUS You are so FORGIVING YOU were with me when I called you, by name, to an unknown future. YOU were with me when I taught in the temple and invited the unknown […]

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God’s Love and God’s Forgiveness

Dear Saints, There’s a place not too far from my house where I go to watch the sunset from time to time. This time of year there few to no other cars that join me to watch the colors come up after the sun sets over the still waters and a large mountain range. I […]

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