Entries by dseale

July 2018

Chart of Progress in the Pastoral Search This is a check list of the process in finding a new pastor. We will provide this as a way to keep you informed about where we are and what needs to be done next. The next two steps should be accomplished quickly. (Completed) July 2017 Bridge interim […]

June 2018

An Update on the Pastoral Search Process In keeping the congregation informed, let me update you on where the search process is for your new pastor.  A Mission Study Review Committee has been appointed by the session.  A congregational survey has been circulated, compiled and the results are being reviewed.  The next step for the […]

May 2018

Just as Advent, Lent, and Easter are seasons of the church and not simply one day, Pentecost is also a season. The day of Pentecost (50 days after Passover) was the Jewish harvest festival. The word  Pentecost (fiftieth), is found only in the New Testament (Acts 2:1; 20:16; 1 Corinthians 16:8). The   festival is first […]

April 2018

Easter for Christians is not just one day, but rather a 50-day period. The season of Easter, or Eastertide, begins at sunset on the eve of Easter and ends on Pentecost, the day we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church (see Acts 2).   Easter is also more […]

March 2018

Three months have passed since I have joined you as your interim minster. I want to thank you for your gracious welcome of my family and me. Though I am still in the process of learning and remembering names, I feel that I have gotten to know many of you well. I am now in […]

February 2018

Lent The season of Lent begins on February 14 with Ash Wednesday. For protestants, Lent sometimes seems like an ancient “Catholic” tradition not relevant for anything outside of a Vatican mandate. However, Lent offers a real chance for all Christians to deepen their walk with God. Traditionally in ancient times, new converts were baptized and […]

January 2018

New Beginnings   The New Year brings new beginnings. Renewal is a basic theme of our Christian faith.  We are given a chance to start all over and get it right.   This is a time of hope and change full of energy and resolve and, if we stick with it, we can see an improvement […]

December 2017

Advent Is Coming   Advent is coming!  Now, that may sound strange since the word Advent means “the Coming”. So, what we are saying is that The Coming is coming!  This year, Advent starts on December 3.  Many believe that is the beginning of the Christmas Season.  Certainly the retailers would like us to begin […]

November 2017

As many of you know, Judy and I were on vacation the first part of October.  Last spring, we made our schedule to visit family in San Diego and then spend a week attending concerts and touring the surrounding areas of Las Vegas.  Little did we know someone was going to create a tragedy by […]

October 2017

October brings a mixed bag of emotions for me.  I am mostly a warm weather person but I also like the fall.  Cool mornings that turn into comfortable days, changing leaves from green to gold, yellow and red, people gathering for tailgate parties, and kids getting off of the school bus laughing and shouting to […]