Preacher’s Post: Remembering the Sacrifice

Unlike 4th of July, Christmas, and New Years, Memorial Day has been moved to a particular day of the week; the fourth Monday of May. But this year the fourth Monday of May happens to be the “correct” day to celebrate what started off as “Decoration Day”, May 30. It is almost impossible to imagine… Read more »

Back from Courage Camp with Daring Way Community

Back from Courage Camp with the Daring Way community. Looking forward to leading the Rising Strong workshop June 10-11 at Hanna. We’ll start at 6pm Friday, and Saturday go from 8:30 until about 3pm. Daring Way got us into the arenas in our lives, but as Roosevelt said, there is no guarantee of success. In… Read more »

Cents-Ability Hunger Program

This program is a small first step in the battle against hunger.  We join other congregations who invite every member – of all ages – to contribute a few cents at every meal.  This simple act is an expression of thanks for what we have received.  It is also a commitment to share with others… Read more »

Preacher’s Post: Remembering Who We Are

This three-week sermon series developed because of my passion to remind us of the meaning and significance of our national Memorial Day celebration. It is not just another three-day weekend signaling the end of school and the start of summer. That intent morphed into three parts: remembering who we are; remembering with gratitude those who… Read more »

Preacher’s Post: Jesus’ Obedience

From Brian Mayo… May 5th was the commemoration of Jesus’ Ascension back to heaven. The book of Acts begins with this sentence:   “In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach, until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit… Read more »

Words From St. Francis

There is so much anger and hatred being expressed in so many ways in our world. I can’t change anyone else, but I can pray to be part of the God’s solution today, starting with these words from St. Francis: “Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow… Read more »

Preacher’s Post: Mother’s Day

I would have liked to have been in the House of Representatives when the bill to create Mother’s Day was voted down in 1908. Whew. What were those guys thinking? (Remember, in those days it was an all-male club.) Clearly, they saw the error of their ways, and in 1911 made Mother’s Day a national… Read more »

And yesterday was a wonderful day of connections..

And yesterday was a wonderful day of connections. My attitude and approach to the day can’t change everything, but it changes me. Difficult and tragic stuff is going to happen. Life is difficult. But more often than not I am the source of the pain and turmoil in my life, and that can be changed… Read more »

Slow to start today..

Slow to start today, so doubling down on gratitude list. I know the key to joy and connection is knowing I’m “enough.” I’m forgiven, blessed, and will have opportunities today to practice generosity. I don’t want to miss those chances to connect. Rich

Preacher’s Post: Serve the World

It is one of the fundamental “laws” of God’s universe: If we don’t pass on the blessing we’ve received— we lose the blessing. Jesus makes it clear that loving God will translate into loving one’s neighbor. The theme “blessed to be a blessing” is part of Abraham’s call, and is woven throughout the Bible. (Genesis… Read more »