19 Jul

Shakespeare, Decluttering, and Transitions

Sometimes my mind totally baffles me.  For instance, lately there is a phrase that keeps rolling around in my head:  “Now is the winter of our discontent.”  This was the opening line in a speech delivered by Gloucester in William Shakespeare’s Richard III.  Nearly four...

14 Jul

Lessons from My Grandmother’s House

For the past two weeks I have been out of the office.  I cannot say I’ve been on “vacation” because there wasn’t much about my time away that was restful or relaxing.  I cannot even say I was “away from work” because I “worked like...

13 Jul

Peaches, Beaches, Family & Friends

We are doing some updates and came across this blog post from last year. We hope you have either peaches, beaches, family, or friends  lined up for your weekend! What is the first thing you think of when you hear the words “summer vacation”? Do you...

02 Jul

Reflections of the 4th of July

While Pastor Michelle is on vacation, we are reposting some of the "best of" her blogposts. This post - a reflection no the 4th of July, was from July 2, 2017: This year was a very low-key 4th of July celebration at my house. Having...

28 Jun

We Do This SO THAT…

If you know me at all – and especially if you have been in ministry with me – you’ve heard me say that the model of leaving the faith development of children completely up to the church is flawed and out of date. Flawed for...

27 Jun

Summer Encounters with God

With the arrival of Memorial Day this past weekend, summer has begun, albeit “unofficially.” In my neighborhood, pools opened, grills fired on all cylinders, lawn mowers and weed-whackers roared to life. On my way to church, I shared the road with numerous motorcycle riders who...

21 Jun

Living Your Life…NOW

I recently became aware of two “clubs” that I didn’t know existed. Neither of these clubs is one that people join by choice. Instead, we are thrust in to them through no fault of our own. Membership in these clubs is life-changing. We are never...

13 Jun

Mental Health and Wholeness for All

No matter how or when it happens, the news of someone taking his or her own life is shocking and horrifying.  As a society, we have made important strides in mental health education and treatment, but suicide remains greatly stigmatized and misunderstood.  The recent deaths...

06 Jun

Dare to Reach Out and Help Your Neighbor

Last week I wrote about the ongoing challenges we face as individuals and as a congregation to meet the needs of our neighbors.  It just so happened that after I wrote that post, two additional incidents occurred. One of them involved a middle-aged man who...