It’s hard to believe we’re 40+ days into this wilderness. I continue to be inspired by the resilience of the church and the steady in-breaking of love in this chaos. When all of this first started, in our little corner of the world, none of us knew what to expect. In many ways, we still … Continue reading Making Adjustments, A Word from our Pastor
Member Action Required. from Sterling W. Severns on Vimeo. This video features Kristen O'Sullivan, Director of our Child Care Center Ministry, and Terry McMahon, Chair of our Administrative Board. They offer timely and specific information on this week's vote on church approval of receiving funds from the Paycheck Protection Program. We have no idea when … Continue reading MEMBER ACTION REQUIRED: THIS WEEK’S VOTE ON RECEIVING FUNDS FROM THE PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM.
The best preparation for a life of prayer is simply to become more intensely human -Kenneth Leech The practice of presence is about paying attention, waking up to the world around us. Each day this week we will post meditations, images, poetry and activities inviting us to become present--in our surroundings, with our deepest selves, … Continue reading Soul Care Week One: Becoming Present
We gather in quiet. Sunlight streams into the darkness as doors are opened. The very candle we extinguished on Good Friday enters the room. The candle is passed throughout the Sanctuary until it is finally placed amid a wreath of flowers. We light the candle and proclaim, “He is Risen”! ….and the celebration begins.
This episode speaks to the unique role that each staff member is playing at this critical moment in the life of the church. We encourage you to listen to it....pray for each staff member in the days ahead....and offer assistance if you feel called to do so.
We had a wonderful Palm Sunday Celebration yesterday. We've added some extra photos and videos to this montage. Thanks to all our participants, past and present alike! You can watch the entire service by clicking on this link.
A poem entitled Palm Sunday, by Malcolm Guite Now to the gate of my Jerusalem, the seething holy city of my heart, the Savior comes. But will I welcome Him? Oh crowds of easy feelings make a start; They raise their hands, get caught up in the singing, and think the battle is won.Too soon they’ll … Continue reading Palm Sunday
Pastor Friends, many of us, if not all of us, are struggling to determine the best way for us to lead our flocks in the COVID-19 Pandemic. I've struggled with where to begin. I've found it incredibly challenging to navigate leadership in the current moment while simultaneously planning for a long season ahead. It's easy … Continue reading Church helping CHURCH: practical thoughts for Pastors navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic.