These days, so many of us find ourselves looking into the mirror with questions about about our identify, our allegiances, and our belief systems. We’re trying to figure out where we fit into the world and, how we’re supposed to guide the next generation in doing the same. Most of us are challenging the assumptions … Continue reading COME AND SEE: Last Program has concluded. If you missed the programs or want to watch again, please click the links below for the recordings.
Jesus, through insight discovered in John's Gospel, persistently challenges us to acknowledge our blindness but always with an invitation to see (again). If someone were to ask the author of John's Gospel to define the word "sin", the author would point to blindness. "Sin", he might say, "is less about moral failure and more about … Continue reading A Word from our Pastor: Seeing Again
Sunday I received a heartbreaking call with news that a neighbor we connect with through community ministry had been found dead Saturday afternoon. This neighbor had been coming to Community Ministry for longer than my time here. He was unhomed and relied heavily on organizations like ours to provide for basic needs like food and clothing. … Continue reading The gift of presence.
I do love being surrounded by wise and thoughtful---as in always thinking people. This past Sunday as we thought about worship as defined by the theologian Soren Kierkegaard where he states that worship is a drama with the people as actors, the pastor as a prompter and God as the audience I was reminded by … Continue reading A Community of Listeners and Speakers
We’re in John 14:2-6, the very beginning of Jesus’ farewell discourse. Jesus informs the Disciples that he’s leaving soon, to prepare a place for them. He promises to return so that he might travel with them back to that place. He wraps up the surprising news with a word of confidence, “It’s a good thing … Continue reading Finding the way…
A video podcast from our pastor on misplaced expectations and the important work of listening to honest stories from the past.
Pastor Sterling Severns remembers old friends and those who have left us in one way or another. I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— God thus confirming our testimony about … Continue reading Pastoral Reflection: The Gift of Remembrance
https://vimeo.com/498529561 When the world seems to be spinning out of our control, we often don't have the right words to say. Words are so important, aren't they? The words we say and reflect on can inform our character and lead us towards-or away from-the truth. We invite you this season to reflect on your gifted … Continue reading A Word from Our Pastor: Epiphany amidst a world under siege
Staff Restructure Recommendations for 2021 FROM THE DEACON BOARD 1. Decrease Associate Pastor Meg Lacy Vega’s schedule from 40 hours per week to 25 hours per week. Duties will include but will not be limited to: Spiritual Development for Adults and Youth, including leading the church youth group, as well as preaching up to 12 … Continue reading Staff & Leadership Restructure Recommendations for 2021