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Breath on us Breath of God

Breath on us Breath of God

Have you ever felt like you could not breathe? Like it was difficult to take the next breath? Without breathing one dies. Period. I have a child who has asthma and has had difficulty breathing at times. In those times help is needed to relax and open the airway to allow oxygen to flow in and out of her lungs. The expression on her face and failing strength as her body succumbs to the exertion. It is difficult to witness…

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PEOPLE MATTER

PEOPLE MATTER

This has been our new vision statement for the last year. As we are striving to live into this vision it has taken on new meaning in this time of living with Covid-19 and physical distancing. The coined term  is social distancing, but I like to think of it as physical distancing and not social distancing. I believe in this time more than ever we need to find ways to be social with one another while physically distancing from others…

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The Cross

The Cross

This Easter I invite you to focus on the CROSS. Not to focus on it as the tool used to crucify Christ as was the case. Rather focus on the cross as the mechanism of transformation and hope. Reflecting upon the cross that held our Savior’s body as a holy symbol of what Christ did for us offers one a holy reverence and encouragement to be better and do better. I share with you Easter hymns that reflect the cross…

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Our Lenten Season Has Begun

Our Lenten Season Has Begun

In getting ready for the season of Lent, I offered this blessing of the dust at our Ash Wednesday service: BLESSING THE DUST  All those days you felt like dust, like dirt, as if all you had to do was turn your face toward the wind and be scattered to the four corners or swept away by the smallest breath as insubstantial—did you not know what the Holy One can do with dust? This is the day we freely say…

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February Inspiration

February Inspiration

A few Sunday’s I shared this in worship as I came across it during my week.  It is a quote by Richard Rohr who is an American author, spiritual writer, and Franciscan Friar. It had such a meaningful affect on me as I think about all of the challenges we face in the world today and especially the church. Some of you have asked about the quote and so I thought I would print it here for continued thought and…

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It’s another year and my prayer for you is…

It’s another year and my prayer for you is…

I found this funny saying… May peace break into your house and may thieves come to steal your debts. May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet of $100 bills. May love stick to your face like Vaseline and may laughter assault your lips! May your clothes smell of success like smoking tires and may happiness slap you across the face and may your tears be that of joy. May the problems you had forget your home address! All…

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The Holy Scriptures Say…

The Holy Scriptures Say…

Isaiah 9:6-7 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting [God],  The Prince of Peace.  Of the Increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The…

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Nov Pastor’s Pen

Nov Pastor’s Pen

This has been a very busy fall. As an elected delegate to the General and Jurisdictional Conferences, meetings and conversations have begun. Although legislation will not be released until the beginning of the year I believe it is important to establish, build, and foster relationships now, so that we may be better prepared to address legislation when it comes.  Fact: we do not know what the outcome of General Conference 2020 will be.  Fact: The result of General Conference 2020…

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A SPECIAL ADDITION

A SPECIAL ADDITION

 WOW! What an amazing time we have had these past 150 days. And what an amazing Church Anniversary Celebration Birthday Party we had on September 15th. In this special addition we are going to share many photos that were captured during our celebration. If you were not able to join us let me share some meaningful highlights that captured my attention. I read the scriptures and glory sightings shared on the sanctuary windows…Amazing! Worship included sharing names of those who…

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150 YEARS OF MINISTRY! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! STUART – MT. VERNON UMC!

150 YEARS OF MINISTRY! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! STUART – MT. VERNON UMC!

I have been so happy and pleased with the ways in which we have been celebrating our churches ministry for these 150 years. Instead of having just one grand day of worship and fellowship the Healthy Church Leadership decided to take 150 days (May – September) and celebrate ministry in terms of “150”. Here are the things we have done: 150 items given to Cottage Food Pantry 150 minutes working in the Garden for the community 150 water bottles given…

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