January 16, 2020

My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, This Sunday, will complete our current sermon series on “What Child Is This.” The text for this week is a challenging one. Luke 4:14 – 30 recounts the story of Jesus launching his public ministry in his hometown synagogue. As he read from the scroll the words from…

January 6, 2020

My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, 2020 seems to be getting off to a jump start. So much is going on in our country and the world.  We pray for peace in the Middle East. According to the Social Principles of the UMC, “we believe that war is incompatible with the teachings and example…

December 30, 2019

Dear Partners in Ministry, As I write this, we are two days away from the start of a new year and a new decade. Traditionally, this is a time when we review the past year and make resolutions, plans, or set goals for the upcoming year (or decade).  I always find it interesting to review…

December 18, 2019

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, The upcoming week is one of the most emotional weeks in the year. For some of us, it is a time filled with joy and laughter and love. We eagerly await the converging of family and friends, the giving and receiving of gifts, the beauty of all the decorations,…

December 10, 2019

My dear Sisters and Brothers, I have been thinking a lot recently about the blessing of family. Part of that is because our sermon series during Advent has been on the diversity of God’s family. Part of that is because the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is always a time filled with family activities and…

December 3, 2019

Last week, we began our new Advent Sermon series on The Family of God. We heard the story of Ruth and Naomi. We heard that even though her religion and culture would have required it, Ruth refused to leave Naomi and made a commitment to stay with her. With that commitment, Ruth and Naomi became…