Togetherness …

When I am working with couples in preparation for their wedding/marriage, I often share the above quote with them. It is a line from a poem entitled “On Marriage,” from the book The Prophet by writer, poet Khalil Gibran. It speaks of the need for balance in marriage, as in all areas of our lives. We need…

from Pastor Matthew

The computer cursor taunted me for quite a while before I was able to write this.It blinked at me, expectantly, waiting for a word that didn’t want to arrive. That word was stuck somewhere; behind a fog of things I have yet to do, and the memories of the things I would like to undo.…

Why keep the faith?

One of my favorite authors is E.B. White. He wrote two books that were favorites in my family as my children were growing up: Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little. Mr. White also wrote numerous essays for one of my favorite magazines, The New Yorker. To this day, one of the most poignant and powerful pieces that I ever read was…

Maybe twice isn’t enough …

I don’t know if I really feel like rejoicing right now. I’ve been running on adrenaline for a few weeks, rethinking how we can keep being communities of faith in the midst of a global pandemic, but now I’m coming back down to earth with a thud — like Wile E. Coyote in those old cartoons.…

from Pastor Chris

When I was a teenager one of my best friends was Scott Lafoy.  Scott and his family moved to Naperville and started attending Community UMC where my father was pastor and where I was very involved in the United Methodist Youth Fellowship.  When Scott started attending youth group we discovered that we shared a number…

from Pastor Wendy

My favorite hymn, How Firm a Foundation, is based on this passage, my two favorite verses (3 & 4) has God speaking this message to us:When through the deep waters I call thee to gothe rivers of woe shall not thee overflow;for I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,and sanctify to thee thy…