commUNITY fest 2017

Next Saturday, November 4, we will host our “commUNITY fest 2017” from 10 am to 4 pm.  We will have a craft show, fish fry, and other events depending upon volunteer commitment. So what’s the big deal about UNITY, and why do we celebrate it?  In John 17:20-26, we see unity is a key element…

HELP- A Simple Prayer in Times of Need

Recently, I experienced a personal and spiritual challenge.  During this time, I came across an article written by Jennifer Rothchild, “Four Psalms to Pray When You Need God’s Help.” The author shares a prayer based on the acronym H-E-L-P. I found the concept to be simple, refreshing, and encouraging, and I want to share it…

If You Can Read…

School starts back for many families this week and next. Many families are happy to get back into a routine. Even with all the issues in our educational system, we are blessed to have the opportunities we do in the United States. Two things stand out in my mind as I think about our school…

Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody

There were four church members named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.  There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody…

FAMILY

What we believe determines what we value, and what we value defines how we live.  Think about that for a minute… The world is changing at a mind boggling pace.  Our culture is changing.  Other countries are changing.  Unfortunately, these changes are not for the better.  A changing world requires a changing church; never in…

“Pew Life” is over!

What is “Pew Life?” In the sermon last week, I said, “Pew life” was over.” Later that day I was asked if that meant that we were getting rid of the pews.  Therefore, it seems I need to explain the concept. To begin, my concern is not the pews.  A pew is merely a piece of…

Humble Roots

“The New Colossus,” also known as the “Statue of Liberty Poem,” is a sonnet written by Emma Lazarus in 1883.  It includes one of the most recognizable phrases in history: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” What encouragement to weary people in the world, looking for refuge and…

No Condemnation

I’ve been thinking about the “unchurched” lately, and how “Christians” often are guilty of criticizing them in a judgmental way. They may be people who don’t look like us, smell like us, or act like us. They may be people who don’t know the difference between a cross and a “t.”  They may be people who…

Love is our Anchor in Difficult Days

The news in Florida has been heavy these past few weeks.  Our hearts have been stunned by Capt. Jeff Kuss’s accident, terrorism in Orlando, and a child attacked by an alligator.  Each are very different situations, but common in the grief they leave in our hearts.  It is often challenging to make sense of it all.  …

New Vision, Mission, and Covenant!

These are exciting times in the life of our church.  The next five weeks are important for us as a congregation, and I invite you to be in your place on each of the next five Sunday morning services.  We are rededicating our church and starting over.  This rededication includes: Recommitting our church to the…

Join us for our Thanksgiving celebration on Sunday, November 19 at 10 a.m. There are no small groups, and service will begin at 10 a.m. around the tables with a traditional Thanksgiving meal to follow. There will be no Wednesday night services on November 22. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!