From the Pastor

Midweek Message - April 12, 2016

Dear Friends,

​First a huge Thank You to Mark Norris for sharing his faith and his expertise as an environmental scientist over the last 2 Sundays.  This Sunday we will focus on Environmental Justice -- a biblical and theological response to Care for Creation and our Relationship to Creation.

Also this week -- Sunday, April 17, 4 pm

Organ and Piano Concert

Kelly Renner, Piano 

And Steve Stem, Organ

When I listen to Kelly and Steve play together, it is clear that they are giving an offering to God.  The music has vitality and sincerity, and when these two servant leaders play together, there is a harmony that runs much deeper than anything on the pages of the score.  Sweet!  

I am giving thanks to God today for the families who have brought their children for baptism in the last 2 weeks. We have talked about raising their children with the help of the congregation that has promised to "surround them with a community of love and forgiveness."  One of the families spoke about their desire to raise their child in a church family where they can experience mission service and youth group as the parents did when they were children.  Join me in prayer this week for the Benton-Taylor, Sharp-Burgos, and Douglas families, that they will find such a community of love and support that they will be drawn fully into the life of this family of faith.

One last thing – mark your calendars now – Confirmation is May 15th and there will be only ONE service at 10 am on that day.

Blessings on you!

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Midweek Message - April 6, 2016

Dear Friends,

This Sunday we will continue our 3-week series on the environment, leading to Earth Day on April 22.  Mark Norris will again bring the message.  For those not here last week (it was the week after Easter!!), Mark’s message was very well received, and those of us who heard it are really looking forward to this coming Sunday’s theme:  Creation Care.  (A sound-only recording of Mark’s message is posted on our website.  You can find the link on the homepage:  This is a series that offers many ways that we can live out the call of the scriptures, and a study/devotional guide is being prepared for each week.  You will find the study guides on the same site as the messages.  Check it out!

Don’t miss this Saturday evening’s Coffee House with our own Washed Anew and special guest band Silhouette Song, returning by popular acclaim!  The music will encourage you and fill your heart, and the fellowship around the dinner table is always a treat.  You can preview Silhouette Song’s music at

Be sure to ask a youth or two about their experience at their retreat last weekend!  (Hint:  Ask them to tell you about the Giant Swing and Human Foosball!)  By all accounts, it was a special weekend for youth and their counselors.

If you haven’t already, please be sure to make your calendars for the piano and organ concert to be offered on Sunday, April 17, at 4 pm in the Sanctuary.  Kelly Renner and Steve Stem are preparing a very special musical program for that day.  Bring your friends.  I’ve been hearing some of the rehearsals, and I am sure you won’t be disappointed!

See you on Sunday!

Blessings on you,

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