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How are the children?
I write this June letter while winging my way to Chicago to attend the double birthday party of my youngest grandchildren, Mila and Luca. My annual spring birthday celebrations give me a chance to see how the grandkids are doing.

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Ah, Spring! May is great  month to celebrate all creation, flora and fauna and the human family. Every day, I notice another sign of life, budding trees, blossoming bulbs, and baby bunnies. Caring for  God’s creatures and  all of creation is a topic often discussed on Earth Day (April 22) However, I believe every day can be designated Earth Day, especially during spring time.

Can You Hear Me Now?

During April the Property Committee will install acoustical panels on the back wall of the sanctuary. A large percentage of bouncing sound will be absorbed by these thick panels. Hopefully, you will hear less reverberation and noise during the worship service.  Bottom line, I want to know, “Can you hear me now?” An evaluation form will be distributed after the panels are in place.  This improvement is one more step in the Capital Campaign vision. 

Pastor Deborah’s Lenten Letter

February Newsletter 2016

Pastor Deborah’s Lenten Letter

FEBRUARY 2016

“The glory of these forty days we celebrate with songs of praise;
For Christ by whom all things were made, himself has fasted and has prayed.”
(The Glory of these Forty Days, vs. 1)

The forty days of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 10th and culminates with Easter Celebrating Christ’s Resurrection on March 27th.

From the Pastor

January 2016 Sharing One Hope for the Future

Affirmation of Faith adapted from the Confession of Belhar

We believe that the unity of the people of God must be manifested and be active in a variety of ways: that we share one faith, have one calling, are of one soul and one mind; have one God and Father, are filled with one Spirit, are baptized with one baptism, eat of one bread and drink of one cup, confess one name, are obedient to one Lord, work for one cause, and share one hope.

From the Pastor

“Peace on Earth, Good Will to Humanity”

“Peace on Earth”, is it too much to ask?  As I write this article, breaking news of terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium have been added to recovery in Bamako, Mali and Paris. Fear and fright has gripped peaceable people in every part of the world.

From the Pastor

“HARVEST, ABUNDANCE AND GRATITUDE

Late this summer, I was invited to go berry picking at a local berry farm. Turning the corner I held my breath seeing millions of blueberries hanging on rows and rows of bushes. No photo could capture the beauty and abundance. The memory of this sweet harvest comes to mind every time I grab a few frozen blueberries from my freezer. I thank God for the sweetness of life.

SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE

SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE

For two thousand years, the Christian religion has scheduled periodic and seasonal celebrations of our faith, for instance All Saints Day, Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter. But, we have other things to celebrate, our commitment to Christ, transformation through belief and acceptance of God’s grace.

The sacraments of communion and baptism are most recognizable celebrations marking a commitment to Christ. On World Communion Sunday, congregations celebrate our unity in Christ. It is amazing and awe-inspiring to consider churches around the world, gathering to worship using many languages, in diverse cultures and with varied traditions. On October 4, we will have the opportunity to celebrate the Eucharist that unites us in the One Body of Christ.

Isn’t every Sunday an opportunity to celebrate God’s work in the world and in our lives? Festivals in the ancient church often lifted up a person as a saint. Yet, our reformed faith teaches that we are “undeserving saints” saved by God’s Grace given through Jesus Christ. So, I suggest we celebrate the fundamentals of our reformed and Protestant doctrine. Undeserved Grace, Servant Christ, Transforming Trust.

Come let us thank God for some of the reasons we worship as a congregation. In Sunday School, classes study other reasons to cheer. For all ages, we have something to celebrate!

Peace and Joy,
Pastor Deb

 

From the Pastor – September 2015

James 1:17-27 17Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above”

This fall I will continue to preach from the Biblical wisdom literature. Many appreciated my choice to leave the common lectionary and organize a Summer Sermon Series on the Psalms and Proverbs. So, I will continue preaching a Sermon Series in September on the Epistle of James, also considered to be wisdom literature in the New Testament.   One of the common themes of James is “faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead” (James 2:17). Jesus often liberated people from their sins with the simple command, “Go, your faith has made you whole/well”. There seems to be no responsibility to the community. But, James and the leaders of the early Jerusalem church observed an apathy in the saved 1st century Christian. “Saved by grace” is the beginning of life as a Christian, not the end. James asks boldly, “What are you doing with your faith?”

WHAT FREEDOM BRINGS!


There is a wonderful freedom that we Northerners experience when summer arrives. You can walk outside without scarves or hoods or wool coats. There is a sense of freedom to pursue outside projects of gardening, house maintenance and delayed creative efforts. When the sun is shining and the streets are dry, there are roads to explore and waters to sail.