Pastor’s Blog

Little Rewards

Dear Saints, Late afternoon is not a good time for me to be shopping in the super market, as a developing hunger creates a desire to buy more food than I need. The other day I hurried through and tried hard not to over buy. But then I was waiting in the checkout line and […]

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Lost & Found

Dear Saints, Lent is upon us once again and with it an opportunity to learn, be refreshed, revived and renewed. For as many of us as there are, there are as many ways to speak about, process and experience Lent. Some focus on the giving up of a food item or habit as a way of being faithful and repentant. Some choose to […]

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New Year! New Beginnings!

Dear Saints, 2015 was a year that some would like to remember and some would like to forget. It was certainly a year of highs and lows for many of us, as a church and individuals, but also a year of endings and beginnings. A new year is a chance for all of us to start fresh and do things differently. […]

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Happy “New Year”!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! No, you are not reading an old SPIRE issue… We are in Advent now and Advent, in the church calendar, is technically the beginning of a new year. The church year ends on Christ the King Sunday (usually the Sunday before Thanksgiving) and begins on 1st Advent (the Sunday that falls after Thanksgiving). Each year begins the next year/cycle of […]

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Turn, Turn, Turn

This Sunday Nov 1st, we will be celebrating All Saint’s Day. In this particular church, it is a time within worship when we remember those we’ve lost over the last year, who now rest with God. This has been a meaningful time not only for those who mourn the recently deceased but for all of […]

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Stretch Your Spiritual Fitness

You may have noticed in the last 5 years or so that there’s been an increased national awareness and focus on fitness, health and nutrition. It started in part with nutrition labels being available to those of us who want to track protein, carbs, sugars, fat (as well as see all the additives that make Kraft macaroni and cheese taste so good). Farmers markets […]

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with THANKS

DEAR SAINTS, One of our favorite writers is Marilyn Robinson, a Christian who writes both fiction and non-fiction, with little about sin or damnation but a lot about forgiveness and tolerance and kindness. She portrays a world filled with divine grace even in the worst of circumstances. In her non-fiction collection, When I Was a Child I Read Books,” in an essay called “Imagination […]

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Never Say Never

Dear Saints, It is our privilege to write this portion of The SPIRE for the next two issues, while Rev. Jen is away. Last month, she introduced us with brief bios for each of us. We’d like to share with you how we found First Church. We moved here in June of 2013. After getting […]

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Looking towards a Skinner Summer

If you were blessed enough to experience Music Sunday this year you were reminded and likely awed at the amazing depth of talent we have among our worshiping community. The ‘embarrassment of riches’ that we have however, does not stop with the bells, the choir, individual soloists, musicians, artists (!) and readers (and their leaders). It includes people who are terrific planners and leaders […]

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Flags for Prayers

Dear Saints, While we are enjoying a glorious and much-awaited spring, I am also aware of the suffering that is occurring around our country and our planet. I am concerned about California’s unprecedented drought. I am deeply concerned the about the increasing gun violence in communities and schools and shockingly regressive riots as a result. […]

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