From the Pastor’s Desk: April 14, 2022

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From the Pastor's Desk

Are you ready? Are you ready for the death of love? Are you ready to consider how you might contribute to the death of love in your brother and sisters? We often go from the celebration of Palm Sunday to the celebration of Easter without considering what happened between the two. Jesus came teaching the spirit of the law over the letter of the law, compassion over judgement, servanthood over power. This was not a popular point of view. The challenge to established ways of operation brought about frustration, disappointment, mistrust and anger. Gone unchecked these feelings escalated into hate and hate brought about murder. Easter Sunday is the day we celebrate that Jesus rose from the dead. But how much can we celebrate if we are not willing to sit in the honesty of our human weaknesses and fear? Consider asking yourself, “How do I react when what I … Read More

From the Pastor’s Desk: April 7, 2022

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From the Pastor's Desk

Jesus came to draw us all closer to God so that we could experience the transforming love of a forgiving God. Our Lenten experience affords us the occasion to give our spiritual lives a “tune-up.” Holy Week offers us the time for reflective meditation as we journey with Christ to and release from the cross so that our hearts and minds are prepared to truly and authentically receive the gift of Easter. Rev. Carol D. SparksHate Hurts. Grace Heals. Love Wins!

From the Pastor’s Desk: March 31, 2022

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From the Pastor's Desk

This week, reflect more deeply on ways you are living differently because you are a follower of the way. How might God be calling you to support others? Make a commitment to one act of living as a person focused on the significance of God’s design of life for everyone. How might your thoughts and informed approach impact the life of another? What if you supported another instead of gossiping? What if you served another instead of judging them? What if you received a blessing from the one you were planning on saving? God’s design for life just might be revealed. Rev. Carol D. SparksHate Hurts. Grace Heals. Love Wins!

From the Pastor’s Desk: March 22, 2022

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From the Pastor's Desk

Some people believe that being saved is a “big bang” emotional moment. Those spiritual experiences are good and are often powerful. In contrast, many experience salvation as a conversion – a starting point for a new life. They are launching pads for a special way of living. “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”(John 14:6) Jesus emphasized that the value of choosing to follow a new way oflife is the only way to know the significance of God’s design for life. When wesay “yes” to Jesus, we live differently than the ways of the world; we set ourface on adventuring the Jesus way. Rev. Carol D. SparksHate Hurts. Grace Heals. Love Wins!

Meals on Wheels News: March 2022

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Meals on Wheels

Janice and Shelly fixed a delicious St Patrick’s Day lunch. This day commemorates St Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. Why wear green? It is said St Patrick used the shamrock  to teach the trinity. Also, leprechauns can’t see green so you won’t get pinched if you wear green? Regardless of the traditions, celebrating Christianity is always a good day. Happy St Patrick’s Day  Josalyn likes helping with Meals on Wheels. Janice, Charlie, and Kay have to keep each other straight on where to deliver. Stay warm!! Prayers for Ukraine

From the Pastor’s Desk: March 17, 2022

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From the Pastor's Desk

Jesus set his face toward Jerusalem and in so doing, he offered us God’s life, power, and salvation. As the followers of Jesus, we are called to reflect on and pray about where to set our faces day by day. Where do we set our faces in our relationships with God and with our neighbors? Where do we set our faces with our ethical choices? Where do we set our faces when we see those who are oppressed? These are examples of questions we ask ourselves and one another as we look at Jesus’ decisions during the season of forty days. Rev. Carol D. SparksHate Hurts. Grace Heals. Love Wins!

From the Pastor’s Desk: March 10, 2022

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From the Pastor's Desk

In the Bible, the number forty is highly symbolic for the prayer, sacrifice, sober thought, and preparation. Remember, in the story of Noah and the ark, the rain fell for forty days and forty nights (Genesis 7:12). Moses and the people of Israel were forty years in the wilderness – often with only manna from heaven to eat as they journeyed toward the Promised Land (Deuteronomy 8:3; 29:5-6). Jesus began his ministry by going into the wilderness for the forty days, praying hard, fasting to the point of death, preparing for his ministry (Matthew 4:1-11). Forty days is a holy experience of time. How does your life reflect the purity and honesty of holiness? Consider using our experience of a forty-day lent to reveal to you the holiness within you and the clarity it can bring to your priorities.  Rev. Carol D. SparksHate Hurts. Grace Heals. Love Wins!

From the Pastor’s Desk: March 1, 2022

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From the Pastor's Desk

Lenten Devotions Devotion One (Today) In the Christian Church, Lent is a season of forty days of repentance and fasting to help people prepare for Easter. Sundays are not counted because they are considered to be “mini-celebrations” of the Resurrection. The season begins with Ash Wednesday and lasts through the Saturday before Easter. On Ash Wednesday, many of us received dust and ashes on our foreheads. We remembered that we will return to dust and ashes, we repent, and we offer gratitude that through Jesus’ resurrection, God offers us life and salvation. Now the next forty days are about how we have been using the gift of our lives – after we were ashes and before we return to ashes. Do your daily choices and lifestyle reflect how precious our lives can be? Rev. Carol D. SparksHate Hurts. Grace Heals. Love Wins!

From the Pastor’s Desk: February 22, 2022

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From the Pastor's Desk

1 Corinthians 15:1-11 It’s easy to live life just going through the motions. We have all experienced moments when we drive to the grocery store, pick the kids up from school, or come to the end of the day and wonder, “How did I get here?” It takes intentional effort to be present in our everyday routines. If we’re not careful our relationship with Jesus can become a routine experience instead of a vibrant life enhancing connection with God. Being intentional about our faith begins with paying attention to and meditating on the Good News of Jesus the Christ. God came into the world to bring hope and salvation in a very humble and personal way. Unfortunately, humanity’s bent toward sin ultimately brought about God’s, as Jesus, death on the cross. But fear and hate did not get the last word. God, as Christ, gloriously emerged from the death bringing … Read More