Category Archives: Pastor’s Page

A Summer of Psalms and Wisdom

 

This summer let’s do something different, something out of box. How about a sing-along outside or a “flash mob” song? That’s just another way of saying, “Everyone meet at the fountain and start singing a favorite song.” Please check your emails, texts and newsletters for time, date and place.

May 2015 – Pastor Deb’s Page

 

Discover, Dream, Design, and Deliver” were the four segments of our Presbytery retreat on Saturday, April 25. About sixty Presbyterians, ministers, elders and members from the Finger Lakes area churches gathered to discuss the past, present and future of the Presbytery Geneva. Dr. David Olson, a talented and trusted consultant who guided us through the turmoil of June 2014, noted the change from then to now. As we openly discussed our reasons for staying in the Presbytery our core values emerged; relationship, purpose, mission and transformation. These are the reasons we didn’t run away, or hold onto our grudges. Hope and faith gave us the persistence to work together. God-with-us gave us the endurance to sort through the problems and find solutions. And, the results have been worth the work. The spirit in the Presbytery is no longer tense and cynical. Rather there is a freedom and spirit of goodwill. There is a commitment to the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Fools for Christ

 

 

Fools For Christ

April Fools’ Day was a day for harmless jokes around our house. The salt shaker had sugar in it and visa versa. The clocks were turned upside down or changed. Someone always wore two different colored socks to school. One joke in the morning was usually enough, followed by laughter and “gotcha”.

Sorting, Saving, Dumping and Packing

Sorting, discarding, saving and packing boxes has been my daily task for the last two weeks in February. On March 1, hopefully, I will be resettled into my new house in Geneva. It’s exciting and exhausting especially during this crazy cold winter and the busy season of Lent.

However, isn’t Lent a time to sort and discard and pack spiritual essentials for the journey to the Cross? Lent is a season to focus on God and re-prioritize our lives accordingly. During March, the scriptures help us focus on four essential tenets of our faith; Sin and Forgiveness, the Commandments, Grace by Faith, Eternal Life and God’s Steadfast Love. There are more doctrines but only five Sundays.

Surprised by Hope

For those who have been Christians most of their lives, there seems to be nothing new in the scriptures. However, as there are twists and turns in life events, so there are unexpected moments of hope. Take our congregation for instance. We have several changes that may come as a surprise to you. Chris Wertman has led the choir and this congregation in song for twenty six years. I have enjoyed exploring our new hymnal and planning the music for the past two years. However, it is time for her and Don to enjoy retirement and freedom to travel.