Ministers

What’s your spiritual warm-up?

(Part 1 of 2):  My great passion growing up was gymnastics.  Four times a week I took public transport for an hour to get to practice, spent three hours at the gym, and then retraced my steps to return home after dark.  Homework happened on the train and bus. Thanks to an amazing coach, I […]

Faith Formation is in Full Swing

It has been a wonderful month to be your Minister of Lifespan Faith Development. I have received hugs from toddlers who feel safe and loved here at church, overheard a 10-year-old telling his Sunday School teachers that they were “doing a great job” and seemed very experienced because they both knew a lot, laughed with our teenagers as they […]

Winning and Losing With Grace

I hate to lose. I’d rather win. As much as I might try to tone that down – especially around church – it’s real and anyone who’s seen me play foosball, ping pong, or video bowling on the big screen in the sanctuary during Youth Group sleepovers knows what I am talking about. What’s been interesting to observe is how […]

Ch-ch-ch-changes!

We are very excited about the upcoming church year and the expanded opportunities for adult learning, practice, and service that will be offered two Sundays per month after worship, followed by a community lunch on those days so that we can socialize and share our experiences over a meal. We are also looking forward to […]

An Ode to Joy

What is joy, and where does it come from? Is it necessarily fleeting, a height we cannot realistically hope to maintain, or can it be a daily disposition, the ground in which we plant ourselves?

I believe that joy – both the dizzying kind and the more ordinary experiences of happiness and contentment – is a side effect of […]

Faith Development Happens Everywhere

Last Sunday as I was sitting at my desk in the Church School office, I heard two familiar voices in the hallway – one of our six-year-olds, in animated conversation with one of our elders. “I’m a liberal,” I heard the child declare confidently as he opened a door and made his way into the children’s choir rehearsal. […]

Equanimity: a Theme for All Ages

Our worship theme for April is Equanimity, and I will freely admit that equanimity is not anything I’m famous for. I laugh easily, cry easily, and while I can be extremely patient with other people’s children, my own personal children? My older son, now 22, came home to visit and got a volley of criticism […]

Strengthening Our Foundation

Picture this: In a ritual to appreciate Lea, our church administrator, we each bring forward a marble for every time Lea has been there for us to support one of our activities or projects. Imagine the marbles filling her outstretched hands as she tries to hold them all. Any one marble is easy to […]