• Sep2020

    September Pastor’s Message

    September 6, 2020

    In the book of Acts, when Stephen was martyred and the growing church was persecuted and scattered, it “looked bad” for the cause of Christ. But as usual, appearances were deceiving and didn’t tell the whole story. In his sovereign wisdom, God had to get his people out of Jerusalem,

  • Jul2020

    As I write this piece, schools across the country are still struggling with the question of reopening. It’s a real dilemma for teachers because the best teachers know that their best teaching is not just imparting knowledge, but sharing of themselves – their passion for the subject, their love of

  • Darwin Beale’s excellent article (See Below) reminds me of a question people sometimes ask when a major calamity hits – “Is this thing a sign of the End Times?”  Jesus gave “signs of the times” to remind us that, whatever happens, we can count on him to be with us,

  • Jun2020

    Who would have imagined, back in March, that we would still be waiting in June to gather for worship? Zion’s leadership is wrestling with the best way and time to reopen which is most safe for all of us, which will allow us to be a truly “gathered” body in

  • Apr2020

    May Pastor’s Message

    April 29, 2020

    By this time, you may be “quarantine fatigued” and thinking about “The first thing I’m going to do when this stay-at-home order is lifted…” But while we wait, you may face the question, “If I can’t do what I’m used to doing, who am I?” The stay-at-home order has forced

  • April Pastor’s Message

    April 4, 2020

    In light of the six-foot-separation we’re supposed to practice, my son-in-law recently sent me a list of songs we may want to avoid during the Covid-19 pandemic: Breathe on Me, Breath of God Precious Lord, Take My Hand Just a Closer Walk with Thee Gather Us In Close to Thee

  • Feb2020

    March Pastor’s Message

    February 26, 2020

    We have neighbors who put in a huge garden every year, and bring us some of the produce when they’ve had a really good year. But right now, there are lots of last year’s vines and stalks and other debris that need to be removed before they can plant. God

  • February Pastor’s Message

    February 15, 2020

    I discovered a term from the Praise Team that doesn’t make sense at first. The term is “dissonant harmonies.” The word “dissonant” describes the result when notes are played together that really don’t sound right together. “Harmonies” are notes that do sound right together. The only way “dissonant harmonies” sound

  • Jan2020

    January Pastor’s Message

    January 1, 2020

    “It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.” That simple phrase has been attributed to many people.  “It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.” When we walk into a dark room, the first thing we do is turn on the light. When we

  • Nov2019

    December Pastor’s Message

    November 25, 2019

    “The Mystery of Christmas” One reason Sherlock Holmes mysteries have been so popular is that, by the end of the story, the great detective had solved the mystery. Real life is much messier than a Sherlock Holmes story. So much of life remains frustratingly mysterious. The Christmas story is so