Pastor’s Message

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Notes from Pastor Tim……….

by Lisa

I enjoy listening to TED Talks while I’m at the gym. I heard one the other day from Emily Esfahani Smith about the pursuit of happiness, which struck me as being particularly useful, especially as we think about the role of Church in our lives. Smith suggests that while many of us think of happiness […]

Sign up for your Portrait Appointment for our New Directory !

by Lisa

It’s time!  Please sign up for a quick photo session.  In-person sign-ups will be in the Round Room on Sunday June 4.  Online sign-ups are now  available on weekdays.  Sittings will be held on June 23 & 24.  All members and regular attendees are encouraged to participate. The link is  below – please call Lisa […]

Notes from Pastor Tim……….

by Lisa

“Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image.’” – Genesis 3:26   “Church shopping” is a term that church leaders often frown upon. It’s the practice of visiting multiple churches in order to find the right fit before settling on the one that you plan to consider your own.  I’m not as negative […]

Pastor’s Message – July, 2016

by Lisa

I was talking with another UCC minister today. It seems that neither of us is completely in tune with what we perceive to be the main thrust of the UCC’s vision for the future of the church; that is: social justice.  We both noted how it can feel a bit wrong to admit such a […]

Pastor’s Message – June, 2016

by Lisa

Every Sunday I begin worship with a prayer that ends with words that sound something like this, “…so that you might be our God and we might be your people.” I am writing this little reflection from a hotel room in Atlanta during a break between the thoughtful and challenging lectures that are being offered […]

Pastor’s Message – May, 2016

by Lisa

Our Monday night study group has been reviewing Adam Hamilton’s book, Making Sense of the Bible. It is an easy read in which Hamilton offers accessible explanations for many of scripture’s more difficult questions.  I recommend it, whether you join us on Monday evenings or not! One of those questions has to do with the […]

Pastor’s Message – February, 2016

by Lisa

“Beloved Children, I am dedicating this book, which I intend to be my last, to you. To my own astonishment, I have become an old man; and like most grandparents I spend a good deal of my time these days wondering about the future – your future – which I shall not see.” This is […]

Pastor’s Message January, 2016

by Lisa

A colleague of mine was recently telling me how he is working with his church to develop a plan for his upcoming sabbatical. I asked him what his theme is going to be.  He said that he didn’t know yet.  He knew that he needed some rest and renewal, but he wanted to work with […]

Pastor’s Message December, 2015

by Lisa

“For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6 It is mid November as I write this little article. We are moving toward our big “Consecration Sunday” pledge-giving celebration, the […]

Pastor’s Message November, 2015

by Lisa

The Great Thanksgiving Once a month we have a Prayer of Great Thanksgiving, which is offered when the offering plates are brought forward.  At the same time a Communion chalice and a paten with bread are brought forward.  The white cloths that cover the elements that are already in place are removed so that all […]