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September 2020

Dear Friends,   By now you should have received the mailing with all the wonderful things happening around the church. Please know that YOU make these offerings wonderful. Without you- we are talking to a blank computer screen. Without you- communication and prayers are words in the wind. Without you- the church is only an […]

August 2020

Dear Friends,   In my engineering studies as a young adult, I learned a principle that continues to shape how I plan, lead, and implement ideas in other arenas of life. The more moving parts in a system, the greater the possibility for systematic failure. Said positively, the simpler a plan, the more likely it […]

July 2020

Dear Friends,   Thank you for your expressions of concern after my recent bout with health problems. I believe I’m on the mend and headed in a better direction for health and well-being. I’d like to highlight wonderful news all around the church. I am not trying to dodge the severity of the pandemic, the […]

June 2020

Dear Friends,   Your elected Session met on Tuesday, May 19th to discuss the past, present, and future of church plans related to the pandemic. We’ve come a long way in a few months in our recorded worship and creative connections. We still have a long way to go before we can safely resume regular […]

May 2020

Friends,        You have been more than gracious as we all struggle through a season without a discernable end point. Thank you for your kind words about the staff’s dedication. Thank you for your thoughtful emails and texts about the worship service. Thank you for choosing hope as your attitude regarding church this year. […]

April 2020

Dear Friends,   Thank you to everyone who helped make Easter so special this year. I thank Jim, Jennie, and the choral scholars for the music; Partha for the Easter flower arrangement; all who helped procure and deliver lilies to people; and the many people who watched the service and sent kind notes to us. […]

March 2020

Dear Friends, We have entered the season of Lent. The music shifts to contemplation and longing. The scriptures challenge our understanding identity and our perpetual need for grace. The messages and prayers of confession step on toes and unnerve the soul. Worship continues to touch the spirit, but the impending shadow of the cross weighs […]

February 2020

Dear Friends, Every pastor throughout history has lied to him or herself concerning the “Myth of January.” We think that the busyness of the Christmas season will ebb into a winter lull of rest, reading, and planning in January. One would think that we might have learned that this myth has no basis in reality, […]

January 2020

For lo, the days are hastening on, By prophet bards foretold, When with the ever circling years Comes round the age of gold; When peace shall over all the earth Its ancient splendors fling, And the whole world give back the song Which now the angels sing. Friends, I remember how long it took from […]

December 2019

Friends, Thanksgiving and Advent are peculiar times of the year. We spend a day in gratitude for all that we have, but we rush out the next morning to spend and spend on more and more. We have a season for quiet waiting, but we fill it with noise and activity. As the weather cools […]