Of Heretics and Outlaws

Of Heretics and Outlaws – The Edict of Worms Up until 1521, it had been relatively safe to show an interest in the writings and teachings of Martin Luther (1483-1546). When Luther refused to recant his writings in opposition to various doctrines and practices of the Roman Catholic Church, the Edict of Worms was signed by Charles V, the Holy […]

Thanksgiving

During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress designated one or more days of thanksgiving a year, and in 1789 George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving proclamation by the national government of the United States; in it, he called upon Americans to express their gratitude for the happy conclusion to the country’s war of independence and the successful ratification of the […]

Give Thanks

November; the month containing Thanksgiving is sometimes dark and dreary. So here are 4 ways to practice gratitude this month, and all year long. 1. Be thankful for what DIDN’T happen. No matter how bad things are, they could almost always be worse. Start finding gratitude for what could have happened but didn’t. You may not be thankful for everything […]

INDEPENDENCE?

This month we celebrate our independence. It is a great word, independence; I love how it rolls off one’s tongue.  If we look to Merriam-Webster, we find this   Our country even has a Declaration of Independence. IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776 The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary […]

Worship

Dear Church Family, I wanted to share with you that after much prayer and discussion our session was in full support of us moving to re-engage in worship together in the sanctuary beginning the weekend of June 14 at 10 AM. We give thanks, then, for the promise of our faith—that the Lord God will bless and keep us, the […]

Vacation Bible School

Pandemic Edition Remember Vacation Bible School, a time of fun, and sticky hotness, when school was finally out, but there was still something to do? We all gathered together for fun and learning, and art and snack and games. Remember how it didn’t matter what church you actually went to during the school year, you could go to every church’s […]

Pie in the Sky

Pie Pie. Me oh my, Nothing tastes sweet, wet, salty and dry All at once, oh well it’s pie Apple! Pumpkin! Minced an’ wet bottom. Come to your place everyday if you’ve got em’ Pie, Me oh my, I love pie! 1. An increased tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen. 2. Frequent attacks of smiling. 3. […]

The Frittering

Lately I noticed my online game time has been increasing. I would surmise some of you also take time occasionally to play some solitaire, or some matching games, mah-jongg, or maybe even multi player online games. These games can be fun. And I like to test my knowledge and abilities against a machine occasionally. Some games are even good for […]

Virus Prayer

Dear God,I thought that all I would have to do is make it to Easter, and then everything would go back to normal. That was a lie I told myself as I climbed the mountain to make it to Easter. I did it, we as a church and a living embodiment of Your realm, in this place, have made it […]

Biblical Helps during times of Anxiety

Recently, somebody asked me for a list of referenced from the Bible that we can turn to in times of uncertainty and despair. I know what this person was looking for, the problem for me, is how long does this person want this list to be? Of course, I can give you some direction on where to turn in the […]