• Apr2018

    April Pastor’s Message

    April 2, 2018

    Every Easter, chocolate makes a grand appearance in many different forms – bunnies, eggs, chicks, crosses – Wait, chocolate crosses?! I’m not suggesting that it’s blasphemous, but it is ironic – a symbol of self-indulgence meets the ultimate symbol of self-denial. Chocolate – that morsel of instant gratification, which prompted

  • Feb2018

    March Pastor’s Message

    February 28, 2018

    Janice and I always enjoy the Winter Olympics – the thrill of our favorites getting the gold, and the heartbreak of a loss measured in thousandths of a second. This year we’ve even gotten familiar with new events and terms, like “halfpipe” and “big air.” There’s a sadness to know

  • February Pastor’s Message

    February 1, 2018

    During January, Janice (with some help from me) has been putting away the last of the Christmas decorations and putting up the everyday things. The house is much less festive, and the short days seem a little bleaker. And it’s only the beginning of February! It’s one of the reasons

  • Jan2018

    January Pastor’s Message

    January 1, 2018

    “Make good choices.” It’s a recent phrase of encouragement often uttered by parents as their kids head out the door at the beginning of the day. “Make good choices.” It’s often easier said than done. We don’t always know which choice is better; and even when we do, we can

  • Nov2017

    December Pastor’s Message

    November 27, 2017

    (Ever feel like your Christmas spirit is on par with this cat’s?) Whether Christmas season has you feeling excited, nostalgic, stressed, sad, or BROKE, we’d love to invite you to see Christmas in a new light this year. In fact, that’s what we’re talking about in our upcoming Christmas series,

  • November Pastor’s Message

    November 10, 2017

    A recent bulletin insert had the following quote, which I think bears repeating: “There are many definitions of agape, but the best I know is in one of Edward Nason West’s books: agape means ‘a profound concern for the welfare of another without any desire to control that other, to

  • Oct2017

    October Pastor’s Message

    October 5, 2017

    At the wedding feast in the little village of Cana, where Jesus’ mother had been invited (she may have been related to the wedding party, in such a small community), the hosts ran out of wine. Such a social blunder could be held against the family for a long time,

  • Sep2017

    September Pastor’s Message

    September 2, 2017

    September… where did the summer go? “The kids are heading back to school.” That sentence conjures a host of images, from back-to-school sales to bus schedules to gearing up for a non-stop fall season. But the focus of “school” is not all these other images, the focus is “learning.” Not

  • Aug2017

    August Pastor’s Message

    August 1, 2017

    I still remember the first time I heard the phrase “slow as the second coming.” I was fourteen at the time. The man who said it, did not claim to be a believer; when he said it, he feared that he had offended me, and he quickly apologized. I wasn’t

  • Jun2017

    July Pastor’s Message

    June 28, 2017

    Our nation’s original 13 colonies felt the need to explain to a watching world why they decided to declare their independence from Great Britain – the king was not acting like the lawful monarch of a free people, but like a tyrant. Because of their commitment to liberty, we can