Pastors' Blog

Archives: November 2019

Nov 25, 2019 - Amy Norton

Dear Ones,

If you couldn't tell from the Christmas music I was blasting in my car well before Thanksgiving (Advent used to start on November 15th!), Christmas is my favorite holiday of the Christian year, and Advent is my favorite liturgical season. I'm so ready. I've got Love, Actually queued up on Netflix, my family is buying our Christmas tree this weekend, and Kent, Susan, Jaz, and I have been busy...

Nov 21, 2019 - Amy Norton

Greetings to you, and peace, from the One who is, and was, and is to come!

A couple months ago at our "Ask the Pastor" forum (which will be happening again on February 2), we had a lot of great conversation about children's sermons and children's services, and out of that conversation emerged the idea to have a special service this fall that was geared toward our children and youth. All the elements of our typical worship service are present, with a bit more of an interactive flair...

Nov 14, 2019 - Amy Norton

This Sunday's gospel reading is a doozy.  

“Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven."

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Nov 07, 2019 - Kent French

This past week I attended a long-awaited clergy conference sponsored by the Pension Boards of the United Church of Christ (PBUCC). It’s called CREDO. “Credo,” is Latin for “I believe,” or even “I give my heart to…”

The conference was an intentional six-day period for church pastors to assess the different aspects of their lives: vocational, spiritual, physical, psychological and financial. There are...