Palm Sunday Plans: Palms, A Donkey, and Looking Ahead to Holy Week

With Love from Pat Friday, March 18, 2016 Hmmm … it’s snowing as I write. Yet we’re still planning to begin Holy Week with our Pine Street churches gathering along the side of the road this Sunday morning to place palm branches on the street and to shout hosanna as a gentle donkey walks between […]

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Center for A New New Testament at FUMC?

With Love from Pat March 11, 2016 Our church is working intentionally to build a partnership with Hal Taussig and the developing Center for a New New Testament. The study of Hal’s book, A New New Testament, has already touched a number of our lives at church and through our community. The vision is that […]

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Celebrating 19 Years of Welcoming Everyone on March 6

With Love from Pat On Sunday, March 6th, our 10:30 am worship service will celebrate our nineteenth Anniversary of becoming a United Methodist Reconciling Congregation. On March 4, 1997, our church family decided to live out our faith fully and to intentionally reach out to our sisters and brothers who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, […]

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The Gift of Kindness

With Love from Pat I was talking with someone this week about my message last Sunday, which was titled Giving Gifts, Receiving Gifts, Becoming a Gift. Our conversation was delightful, reflective, and far-ranging, filled with genuine joy and authentic thoughtfulness—by the way, that’s a really good combination. At one point, the person I was sharing […]

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Christmas Thoughts: Everyone is the Most Important Person to God

With Love from Pat When Luke shares Jesus’ birth story, Luke tells of an angel coming to the shepherds. “Do not be afraid,” the angel says. (Luke 2:10) Luke also tells of an angel coming to Mary. “Nothing is impossible with God,” this angel says. (Luke 1:38) These are two powerful Christmas messages: Do not […]

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Celebrations and Commemorations

With Love from Pat Saturday, November 21, 2015 We have something to celebrate! Our special church conference on Sunday, November 15, approved the Option to Lease agreement that moves forward our partnership with Attention Homes and Gardner Development to build affordable housing for at-risk young adults on the north half of our church block. The […]

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A Prayer for Paris and the World

Gracious and merciful God, God of all creation and all people, We are heart-broken and horrified by the heartless terrorist attacks in Paris. We remember and pray for all who grieve today and who are suffering because of this cruelty. Be with all who need you in a special way. Give them all that they […]

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“Be Still and Know That I Am God” as a Spiritual Practice

With Love from Pat — October 9, 2015 The past couple of weeks I’ve talked with several folks about spiritual practices. All wondered if there were any spiritual practices that I use. There are several, but let me tell you about one of them. This past summer, I visited the Christ of the Desert Benedictine […]

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Heartbreak in Oregon: Looking for Hope Amidst Our Grief

With Love from Pat — October 2, 2015 The mass murders at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon are the latest in an endless stream of gun murders that is reaching devastating flood proportions. Yesterday was another day of unimaginable horror and sadness in our nation. I am friends with Scott Harkness, the Pastor of […]

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