From the Pastor’s Desk: January 18, 2022

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1 Corinthians 10:14-22 When we get married, we say yes to fully giving our lives to our spouses. We can’t have one foot in being single and the other foot in being married. We can’t give half of our heart when our spouses are giving all of theirs to us. Relationships require letting go of independence to commit to interdependence. The same is true of our relationship with God. When we say yes to fully give our lives to be disciples of Jesus the Christ, we must leave behind preconceived ideas of how to independently create a life of purpose and value. That’s the message the apostle Paul sent to the church in Corinth. They were eating and drinking the Lord’s Supper, then continuing to offer sacrifices or eat at pagan temples. Instead of committing to following Jesus, church members were keeping their options open by continuing to worship at … Read More

From the Pastor’s Desk: January 11, 2022

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1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Ever heard the saying “God won’t put more on you than you can handle?” If you’ve been in a situation where someone told you this, you know it’s far from the truth. God does not place burdens on us but rather promises to guide us through whatever we face. We live in a broken world, just like the church in Corinth and God’s people who came before them. While our circumstances might look different, we face the same trials and temptations. When we are struggling as a direct consequence of our choices, we can either move closer to God or further away. Paul reminds the members of the church at Corinth that their ancestors suffered much due to relying more on their wills than seeking God’s. When we choose to ignore God’s will for our lives, we can often feel like we are being tested or victimized. … Read More

From the Pastor’s Desk: January 4, 2022

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After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:1-2 “We have come to worship him“ was the reason the Magi gave as to why they came to see Jesus. They came to worship a king who had been born, but not just any king, a king who came to bring change to the world. How can we worship Jesus while at the same time bringing change to the world around us? It’s not about a song. It’s not about a religious ritual. Real worship and real change happens when we sacrifice. Our faith is increased when we understand the power of sacrifice. During a worship service one summer, we … Read More

From the Pastor’s Desk: December 28, 2021

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“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.” Luke 2:19-20 The shepherds left their visit glorifying and rejoicing about what they had just experienced. It was all true, the angel’s song was true! In the midst of everything going on around her, Mary treasured and pondered all that she had heard in her heart. Imagine her expectation about her son’s life! She was already preparing to meet Him and see everything that Jesus would do. I have one of those minds that is always racing ahead. For multi-tasking and getting things done, this is perfect. But, for reflection and keeping up with glasses and phone, it is a huge stumbling block. Mary was not distracted but chose to be fully present … Read More

From the Pastor’s Desk: December 21, 2021

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“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” Luke 2:6-7 Two sentences, a couple of dozen words – that’s all Luke uses to describe the birth of the Son of God. None of what we would expect for the birth of a king. But perhaps that’s the point. And we can probably learn much from the words Luke did include. “She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” Of the few details Luke shares, this is perhaps the most striking…and most important. For while it is unbelievable to most of us that no one made room for this expectant mother, this kind of thing … Read More

From the Pastor’s Desk: December 14, 2021

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Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David. Luke 1:68-69 It is often said that “patience is a virtue.” But when is it okay to give up patience? After 10 minutes? A year? A decade? A century??? The Israelites waited hundreds of years for God to raise up a mighty savior. Generations waited in hope. The Israelites did not give up on God’s promise. After generations of waiting, Zechariah was visited by an angel of God who came with an astonishing message. Your long wait is over. Your hope is fulfilled. The Messiah is near. God is entering the world in a new way that will fulfill hope and renew grace. Imagine that. Zechariah’s response to this astounding news is to shout a blessing. … Read More

From the Pastor’s Desk: December 9, 2021

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And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lordand my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,for he has been mindfulof the humble state of his servant.From now on all generations will call me blessed,for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name.His mercy extends to those who fear him,from generation to generation.He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.He has brought down rulers from their thronesbut has lifted up the humble.He has filled the hungry with good thingsbut has sent the rich away empty.He has helped his servant Israel,remembering to be mercifulto Abraham and his descendants forever,just as he promised our ancestors.”Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home. Luke 1:46-56 Mary’s song is known by many as the Magnificat, which is a Latin word meaning, “to magnify.” This beautiful song arose spontaneously … Read More

From the Pastor: November 2020

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With next week being the week of Thanksgiving, I will not be in the office. Liz will be in the office on Monday with normal hours from 7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. With the beginning of Advent on December 6th, our worship service time will change to 9:30 a.m. At this time, we will return to in-sanctuary worship unless I decide that it would be best to continue online. Until a vaccine for the Coronavirus is readily available, we will not offer Communion. COVID-19 Update: We have no new incidences of members with the Coronavirus! I want to wish everyone a “Happy and safe Thanksgiving. Pastor Carol

From the Pastor: November 2020

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My beloved church, I am grieved to have to cancel worship for the next four weeks and to close our building until the end of November. We have two confirmed cases of Covid 19 in our congregation. One of those members were present in worship but followed all of the safety measures the entire morning. But, we must be realistic about what we must do to keep all of us healthy.  Our schools are experiencing a semi rapid spread of the virus and have recommended that our elementary students remain home until November 30th.  I will preach from home and do my best to offer a meaningful worship service even though the worship team will not come together in our building to worship. On November 23rd, I will re-evaluate the risks for gathering for worship starting December 6th.  My prayer for health and perseverance are with you all. My church … Read More

On the Porch with the Pastor: September 2020

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Being imperfect is perfectly human. God created us as “good” not “perfect.” Every story shared in scripture is drawn from the belief that God can accomplish much even in the most flawed of humanity. Why do we shun “imperfect” as a valuable and defining trait of our design? Somewhere along the line, especially as Christians, we have created perfection as a god for ourselves. We worship perfection and have justified our mindset by quoting scripture such as Matthew 5:48 that says, ‘Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.’ Do you honestly believe Jesus was setting up his disciples to be a constant disappointment to themselves, family and even God? Check out John 13:34-35 and tell me what you think. Pastor Carol