Repent in Lent


Lent offers us a time to die with Christ that we may rise with Christ”

Okay—either time is getting shorter or I am getting older and I am saddened to say it is a great deal of both. I can’t believe it is time for the season of lent. Lent is a time for me to simplify my life and focus on my relationship with God in Christ. It’s pretty easy for me to get caught up in the drama of work, relationships, and family. The distractions of daily living often veers me away from living a life with Christ. I know I am not the only one who feels this way. I am reminded of Jesus spending 40 days in the wilderness praying and fasting and while being tempted by Satan to turn away from God, Jesus never veered away from God. For me, lent is that time for me to pray and fast so that I may not veer away from God. It is that intentional time I need to re-focus my life to be more in line with God. I came across this list of things that I can do during lent that help me to intentionally focus my life to be more in line with God. I pray that this list may be a blessing to you as well in this time of lent.

— Skip one meal a day and give the money to a local food bank.

— Read a chapter in the Bible a day. (Begin at Matthew)

—Start a prayer “rhythm.” ie: Say a prayer every time you take a drink, see a commercial, or check your e-mail.

— Forgive someone who doesn’t deserve it (maybe even yourself).

—Give up beer or sodas. Give the money you save to UMCOR

—Spend thirty minutes a day in silence.

—Write someone a thank you letter.

—Say one nice thing to someone each day.

— Pray for others on your way to work or school.

—Volunteer one afternoon a week at a local shelter, tutoring program or Habitat for Humanity.

Be Blessed!

Loving God, heart, mind, soul, and strength,

Pastor LaTonya


I am So Proud

I am so proud…


I am so proud to be a Christian living a life modeled after the love, and forgiveness of Jesus Christ yet often ashamed when those who call themselves Christians do not love or forgive.

I am so proud to be a pastor chosen to serve and lead God’s people to become better disciples of Jesus Christ, and ministers to the world yet often ashamed when clergy counter parts disdain the office inflicting hurt or harm with unholy actions.

I am so proud to be part of the human race of which all cultures in their unique differences abide yet often ashamed when humans create hatred and division between cultures.

I am so proud to be an American living in a country where life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are our values yet often ashamed when America denies these values to others.

I am so proud to be a part of the Black culture honoring our different skin tones, creative genius, and living the rhythm and soul of life yet often ashamed when members of our black culture hurt or harm one another.

All of these parts of me go together and yet at times I must focus on one of these single parts for health and healing, and my focus on one of these part does not negate the other parts. In February, we celebrate Valentine’s Day focusing on our love for others. It is also a time to celebrate Black History, and its accomplishments within American History. My prayer is that it is also a time of reflection and healing some the hurts and injustices inflicted upon us. In this newsletter I will share with you a few of my favorite things from Black History of which I am so proud of.


Loving God, heart, mind, soul,

and strength,

Rev. LaTonya P. Calderon, Pastor


May 2017 be the best year of your life!!!

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

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! In simple words . . .

Wishing to all…

12 Months of Happiness,

52 Weeks of Fun,

365 Days of Good Health,

8760 Hours of LOVE,

525600 Minutes of Blessings &

3153000 Seconds of Joy

Happy New Year!


May 2017 be the best year of your life!!!


Loving God, heart, mind, soul, and strength,

Rev. LaTonya P. Calderon, Pastor