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I give praise to God for so many blessings that were experienced last Sunday 11/24.
How exciting it is to be part of a vital movement of God’s Spirit!
The weeks leading up to the Culminating Event for the Break the Chains campaign helped us focus our attention on what God was calling us to be. That’s the first question. ...
I think most everyone in the church knows that our daughter, Elyse, was married this past August. Since it had been years since I was involved in the planning for my own wedding, I don’t think I realized, until the date for Elyse’s wedding was set, how much planning goes into carrying-out a wedding!
If I had 50 for every hour...
Stewardship is what we do with all we have, all we are, and all we can become. It is a journey in life, responding to what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. It begins with the affirmation that we are children of God. “God so loved us,” we are told in the Gospel of John, that God gave. That’s where our ...
Monday, October 28 the Church Council elected the Leqadership Board for 2014.
The people who will serve in this capacity are as follows:
Class of 2014:
Class of 2015:
Class of 2016:
In the next couple of weeks I'll be sharing more...
Now there is a really provocative question! I suppose if I could figure-out all of the reasons there are for people giving to a charitable “good cause” I would have a much better understanding of human nature in general. To be sure, for every person that gives there is a reason or motivation behind their giving. I do ...
I used to golf.
I really liked to golf.
When I first was bitten by the golf bug I was pastor at First United Methodist Church in Franklin. The United Methodist Men’s group sponsored a summer golf league for anyone who was interested.
Every Tuesday evening we met at the Franklin Golf Club and played nine holes (which...
In July 2012 I asked the Church Council to place Mason United Methodist Church on a life-cycle curve. (The life cycle of most churches follows a course from start/excitement to plateau and decline)
The strategy to remain vital and growing is to begin a new life-cycle before decline sets in. A new life cycle is started by refocusing...
The Leadership Board Nominating Committee (chosen by the Church Council) of Harry Bruce, Jim Savage, Mark Woodrow, Vicki Dudash, and chaired by yours truly, is hard at work. We started meeting in August and have been meeting nearly weekly the last couple of months.
What a privilege to be doing this important task. The Nominations ...
We Americans are very goal oriented. We like to win! We don’t like to fail.
That’s not at all a bad thing necessarily. Winning is a positive experience. It builds a good feeling about one’s self. If it’s a sports team who is celebrating a win, the positive experience is shared among others and ...
Every Christ-follower is called to ministry.
Your pastors are not the only ministers in the congregation. As a matter of fact, I don’t use that word to refer to either me or Pastor Lisa. We have a role we are called to carry out. That role is engaging people to accept the call of God in their lives and equipping them for the ...
Hi Church Friends!
Wow! Fall is approaching. Schools are back in session. Routine is returning.
The sermon series “Just Walk Across the Room” wraps up this Sunday, August 25. We have heard how we are called to be Christ-followers who leave our Circles of Comfort and enter the Zone of the Unkown. We ...
Hi Church Friends:
“One of the major keys in reimagining church is unleashing all of God’s people as missional agents of the King, commissioned to represent him in every sphere and domain of society.” (-“On the Verge,” Alan Hirsch and Dave Ferguson)
Unleashing. That was a sermon series Pastor Lisa and I...
I was in a meeting with other clergy a few days ago. One of them was telling about an experience that peeked my interest. She had just helped to co- teach a class at a state university. The class was on psychology and faith. They started the class by asking students to share their faith history. Not one. Yes, I ...
“Many times we wrongly assume that the primary activity of God is in the church, rather than recognizing that God’s primary activity is in the world, and the church is God’s instrument sent into the world to participate in God’s redemptive mission.” (misisonalchurchnetwork.com)
The internet, especially as ...
I love the beach!
Engaging the ocean in any way you can think of brings me life. I can sit on the sand. I can walk along the shore. I can swim in the water. I can watch it from a restaurant table.
There is something about the expanse of water, the usually stiff breeze, the horizon, and even the large ships ...
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