Reflections

Sabbath Study Leave

In anticipation of this summer, I am grateful to the Personnel Committee, Deacons, and congregation for the opportunity to have a Sabbath Study Leave. It had been scheduled for last summer, but the onset of the pandemic and its effect on the life of the church necessitated postponing it. I am thankful for this opportunity…

Holy Week

As the journey of Lent unfolds, we walk closer to the events of Holy Week, which was called “The Great Week” in the fourth century. It is the week, which brings into focus the steadfast love of God and the solidarity of the ways of Jesus. It moves from shouts of joy on Palm Sunday,…

Global Ministries Offering

On Sunday, we celebrated our Global Ministries Offering Sunday. It is our annual offering above and beyond our general fund giving, where we support ministries locally, nationally, and globally. Through this offering, we are able to do more with others than we are able to do by ourselves. The GMO enables us to feed the…

Abiding Love

On Wednesday, February 17, which is Ash Wednesday, we will join churches around the world, beginning the journey of Lent. It is a season of reflection, repentance, and preparation, leading us to Good Friday and preparing us for Easter morning. This season consists of the forty days prior to Easter, which does not include Sundays.…

Dedication

As we continue to turn the page into a new year, we are deeply thankful for the commitment of the congregation. We have seen committees navigate the circumstances of a pandemic and ministries make necessary adjustments. We have also witnessed the dedication of the congregation! We entered 2020 with a deficit of about $30,000 after…

A Song of Celebration!

During the time we have been apart, where we have been unable to gather in person for worship, we have missed many things; but perhaps none of them more important than singing! We have felt again the significance of the sacred gift of song. Our songs express our faith, and they shape our faith as…

Welcoming A New Year

We begin this year with a vision towards renewal! As with any year, we do not know what the days ahead will hold, but following the ups and downs of 2020, we strive towards renewal. We continue to keep the efforts of healthcare workers and the distribution of a vaccine in our prayers. We also…

The Perseverance of Christmas

Each year, Christmas arrives with anticipation and a surprise! We look forward to it, but it always catches us off guard because of the depth of its meaning. It invites us again into God’s steadfast love and faithfulness! We are overwhelmed by the tenderness, gentleness, and strength of God’s love. We prepare for Christmas by…

Those Who Dream

The First Sunday of Advent is November 29. It is the beginning of a new Church Year! We are thankful for beginnings, as they remind us of the new beginning we always find in the steadfast love of God. New beginnings are a time to dream, which is why our theme for Advent is Those…

All Saints’ Day

Each year on the Church’s Calendar, we are invited to celebrate All Saints’ Day on November 1. It is a day, which invites us to give thanks for the saints who have gone before us into the nearer presence of God. It is difficult to speak of loss and grief; but it is also healing…

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