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Pastor Debbie's E-Devotion - August 5, 2017

A few months ago, Rick and I attended the Habitat for Humanity auction. It was awesome to see so many people from our community caring for other families in need. It was especially cool to see so many people from our church participating in leadership for Humanity, donating auction items, and attending the dinner.

While we were there, we thought, "With so many United Methodists already wanting to help this awesome ministry, why don't we do something more?" So we began conversations with Jennifer Wallace and their project coordinator about how and when we could help.

 

They have offered us a great opportunity to serve by building a shed for their new build. This is a special opportunity because it will take place off-site, which means we can take kids 10+ (instead of their normal rule of 14 and older). This is a "quick and easy" job that can be completed in just a few hours.

 

We are scheduled to work on Monday August 14th at the Habitat location on the south side of town. We will start at 10, stop for a sack lunch, and finish in the afternoon. If you would like to help, even for a couple hours, or with preparing lunch, please sign up on Sundays or by emailing the church office. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) We can take youth ages 10 and older too.

 

I look forward to building and serving with you!!!

 

May God bless you,
Pastor Debbie

 

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Pastor Debbie's E-Spire - July 19, 2017

In reflecting on the story of the good samaritan, someone shared, "I would help them if they were in a ditch. I wouldn't leave them there. But that doesn't mean I want to have coffee with them."

My guess is he's not the only one. Sure, there are people we'd consider leaving in the ditch. Maybe even a few we'd deem worthy of being left, but more often than not, our compassion would win out and we'd help them. So then we're pushed to consider a different question: would we sit down to coffee? We might not leave them stranded, but would we be willing to take time to get to know our undesirable neighbor?

Have no doubt, we are being asked not just to see people or help them, but also to get to know them....as individuals. For some of us, that's a much harder request. Would I be willing to sit down and get to know my neighbor? To push past my disdain or prejudice and spend time with them in a way that matters?

Who is it God is inviting you to get to know? Who is it the Spirit is pushing you to see and know differently? How might you begin to engage them?

 

 

 

 In Christ

Pastor Debbie

 

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Pastor Debbie's E-Devotion - June 29, 2017

For a few weeks now I've been mowing the lawn and working around the broken branch that hangs slightly into the yard. It's not a big deal and I keep thinking that I'll cut it off (eventually) so it's no longer in the way.

And yet, each week, after mowing the lawn, I rarely want to go back out to cut it off. So, it remains...broken, yet attached.

 

I've wondered at my apathy (laziness?) and whether cutting it off would really change anything. And after 3 weeks of mowing around it and failing to cut it off, I realized it's brokenness is more of a hindrance than just to mow the yard...it's a hindrance to the whole of the tree. See, the tree is still supplying food and water. It's sending valuable resources to a branch that can hardly bear fruit or last long. It would benefit the tree to have that broken branch gone so it could more fully nourish the healthier parts of the tree.

 

Of course, being a theologian...I looked for the God connection and thought that we do that all too often in our own lives and in the life of the church. We know something is broken and a hindrance, but it's not that much of a hindrance, so we keep working around it. Only, the reality is, it's costing us much more than a few extra steps. The broken thing, the thing that needs to be pruned back is also requiring time and energy that could be better invested elsewhere.

 

It's time for me to cut the branch. This weekend, I promise. ;) And, it might be time for you to do some cutting of your own. Is there something broken yet hanging on? Requiring time and energy and attention that could be better invested elsewhere? Why haven't you cut it off? What might bloom if you could give your goodness to a different place in your life?

 

 

 

May God bless you,
Pastor Debbie

 

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Pastor Debbie's E-Spire - May 10, 2017

This week I am at a worship conference and retreat at Zephyr Point in Lake Tahoe. Our welcome sheet had the attached instructions:

-whoever appears are the right people
-whatever happens is what needs to happen
-be open to surprise--"lean into it!"
-If a surprise comes your way--pay attention--it may be Divine Surprise
-when it's over--it's over

It was such a great way to start our week together...reminded that God has been and IS at work in our midst. I should expect God to be at work here and should lean into the people and conversations that emerge. It reminded me to look for God and open up to listen for the Spirit's voice.

It also made me think about our regular Sunday worship. Do we believe God has been working on us and in us to do something extra special in our time together? Do we look for who God has placed beside us (or in front of us) or do we only look for those we plan to see? Do we expect the Spirit to move in our hearts and look for holy appearances?

I think often we expect to "go to church", and that we might be able to find more ways to "lean in" to what God might do in that time.

I invite you to pray TODAY for what God will do on Sunday!

 

In Christ,
Pastor Debbie

 

 

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Pastor Debbie's E-Spire - April 18, 2017

 The other day, we decided to try Dutch Bros. for the first time. I know, I know, we've been here nearly 9 months and just now tried it. I don't have any justification or answers, just that we hadn't been. Anyway, as we arrived, one of the gals was outside taking orders and Rick mentioned that it was our first time there and asked if she had any suggestions for us. She offered a couple and we made our order.

After we paid and picked up our order, they gave us a punch card with 9 stamps...we only bought 3 drinks. She said, next time we come back and order a drink we'll have our free one on the house. It was a cool treat and a really great way to get us to go back. I mean, we only have to order one more drink before we get the free one. Who wouldn't enjoy that!? And, why on earth would we not go back?

And then I started thinking about the church. What is it that draws people in to "try" a church? What prompts them, after maybe, say, 9 months in a new town, to try a church? And, once they are there, what might drive them to come back? Obviously, we're not in the business of mochas and lattes, though we do give out free coffee. But, we do need to be intentional about giving people a reason to come back. We want to offer opportunities to connect, build relationships, explore their faith, experience God, seek answers, and serve others. So, how are we doing those things? And, how are we helping people know about them? Are we offering a clear invitation to come back? One that's compelling?

Just like people have a choice about where they go for a cup of "joe", they have a choice about where they go to church. The old model of church assumed people went to a certain church because they were Methodist or Presbyterian or Baptist and they would likely find that same kind of church in a new town. But today's church world is a whole different place and people exercise a whole lot more choice in all of it. So, how are we helping and encouraging them to choose us as a place of worship and faith development?

 

Faithfully,

Pastor Debbie

 

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    Pie-ty Sunday will be Sunday, September 23rd. Over the last few years we have enjoyed celebrating the culinary and baking talents of our church for both sweet and savory pies. We sell pie by the slice and a few whole pies you can take home. We are hoping to add homemade ice cream to the menu. The money we raise this year will go to support our missioners and work in Puerto Rico.

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