Rolling River Rampage is almost here!

July 22 – 26 will be here sooner than you know it!  Don’t miss out on a fun week of Vacation Bible School! Sunday through Thursday, from 6pm to 8pm, we will be going on a Rolling River Rampage.  This is open for kindergarteners through 6th graders.  You can register online through the link below: […]

A History of Violence = A Society of Fear

In Luke 16, Jesus tells the parable of the rich man and Lazarus.  The rich man ends up in hell for his sins (neglecting the poor) and wants to warn his brothers so they might avoid his fate.  Abraham tells him his brothers have the words of Moses and the Prophets – that is warning […]

God’s Idiocracy

To donate to UMCOR Disaster Relief work – visit our donate page for the link. I stole the word idiocracy from Mike Judge’s film of the same name – about a future where society has become so dumbed down that an average person today  is now the smartest.   In Mike Judge’s world, the term meant […]

Claim the Name

It’s pretty funny how much work lawyers have found in the world of rock music.  Lots of legal battles about money and copyrights, and names.  Several years ago 4 members of the group Yes reunited to tour together, but weren’t allowed to use the name Yes, because another former member was using the name.  There […]

Holy Week Schedule

Holy Thursday (April 13):  7:00pm service with Communion and footwashing or handwashing if you wish. Good Friday (April 14):  7:00pm service AT ALLEN AME CHURCH (788 Market St).  Reflections on the 7 last words of Christ.  The church van will shuttle back and forth between the two churches, beginning at 6:45. Easter Sunday (April 16):  […]

Men’s Gathering Sunday

Men:  We are meeting during the Sunday School hour (9:45) this Sunday the 12th to talk about what a new men’s group might look like.  Thanks to everyone who joined us last week and shared ideas. If you can’t come, but have your survey filled out, please get it back to Troy, Ward, or Pastor […]

Painting Others Into the Picture

I have a picture of a painting called The Journey of the Magi to Bethlehem from a 15th century Italian artist named Gozzoli. Even though we know very little about the magi, it is safe to say this painting is not historically accurate, since everyone in the painting looks and is dressed like a mid-15th […]

Thanksgiving…for the Future

Thanksgiving is one of the times of the year that we are in agreement with the cultural mindset around us.   Even most of our unchurched neighbors will doing something that we believe in this week:  giving thanks.   But most people are giving thanks in one direction, while we are called to give thanks in both:  […]

Avoiding the Nostalgia Trap

I was out walking last week, and there was a moment, between the sunlight, the temperature, and the smell of the lawn I was passing, that I was instantly transported back to the high school soccer field. I have great memories of the excitement of the competition, of seeing my skills improve over the years, […]