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Pastor Debbie's E-Devotion - April 23, 2018

A few weeks ago I was at a church conference at Cathedral of the Rockies in Boise. Brian McLaren was the keynote speaker. He said a lot of good things, but the one that keeps resonating was "If everyone comes to church expecting to be welcomed, everyone will be disappointed. But if everyone comes to church expecting to welcome someone, everyone will feel welcomed."

His statement felt very poignant for me. Hospitality and welcome is something that's been on my mind a lot in the last few months and has been a part of our discussions on the Igniting ministry team. How do we get people to church? And then once they're here, how do we help them feel welcome? All too often in our churches, we fall into a routine of what's comfortable and we forget that we should come to church not just to get something, but ready to work---to notice people, to welcome them, to reach out to those who may be having a tough time.

Brian's quote reminds me of our need to have clear expectations. If we come expecting to be welcomed, then we may very well be disappointed. But, if, instead, we come expecting to help others feel welcome, then it's likely they will feel welcome (and we won't be disappointed because we aren't expecting to receive something we may not receive).

How might you change your expectations for Sunday morning? Are you willing to take on the "job" of being an official "welcomer"?

 

Peace and grace,
Pastor Debbie

 

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Pastor Debbie's E-Devotion - March 21, 2018

Easter is just around the corner! I can hardly believe it's just a week away. We will begin our Holy Week activities this Sunday with worship that carries us "From Palms to Passion"--making our way from the triumphant entry into Jerusalem all the way to the cross. This is a beautiful service that draws us into Jesus' sacrifice. The kids will be involved in our Hosanna Parade carrying and sharing the palms at the start of the service.

On Thursday 3/29 we will share our Maundy Thursday service with First Presbyterian and the United Church at The United Church. We will share a simple Seder, more like snack supper, and holy communion all as part of our worship. This is a family friendly event and kids are welcome. If you would rather your kids are in childcare First Presbyterian has offered to care for our kids. If you want to take advantage of childcare please email me by Thursday night. We are bringing deviled eggs for the meal, if you would like to sign up, please contact the office: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

On Good Friday, we are not offering our own service, but have been invited to join St Mark's Episcopal Church:

· 7 am—Special liturgy for the day including the ancient solemn collects and opt. Holy Communion. Also, optional Veneration of the Cross.

· 8 am to 5 pm—Self-guided Stations of the Cross; liturgy booklet provided

· 7 pm—Special liturgy for the day including the ancient solemn collects and opt. Holy Communion (With music) (Optional Veneration of the Cross.

 

Or First Presbyterian Church:
· 7 pm Tenebrae Service

 

On Easter Sunday we will start the day with a hot breakfast (prepared and served by the youth). Breakfast is served from 8:00-10:15. This is a fundraiser for our youth who will attend CONVO in May (a conference-wide youth event). The suggested donation is $10

Our contemporary service will begin at 9:00 am featuring a variety of our musicians.

The Easter egg hunt begins at 10 and starts in the Parlor.

 

Our traditional service begins at 10:30 and features our Chancel and Bell choirs.

Both services will include Holy Communion.

As you think about and prepare for the Holy Week activities, will you also think about who you might invite? Easter is a wonderful time to share the Good News of Christ and there may be someone in your life who is simply waiting to be invited. Please pray about who God would have you invite. This week in the bulletin we'll have a special invitation card you can use to offer that invitation!

Also, Easter flowers are still available for order. Plants are $10. You can contact the office to order, fill out the order form in the bulletin this Sunday, or pay via online giving.

 

Peace and grace,
Pastor Debbie


 

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Pastor Debbie's E-Spire - March 8, 2018

In 2006 the transmission on my Ford Escape went out. I was out of town as a guest speaker and near my ministry mentor, who also happened to be a test driver, so I asked for his help (he actually diagnosed the issue for me). We dropped my car off for repairs and then went to breakfast. We sat and discussed my options and the fact that I should probably trade in my car before it devalued much more.

He suggested I buy a Nissan. To which I replied, "Well, but I'm a Honda girl" (Nevermind the fact that I owned a Ford...I drove the family Honda in HS and college). He told me the Nissan had the Honda engine "but I'm a Honda girl". He again tried to show me the options. He said Nissan was competing with Honda and was more affordable with more bells and whistles. Still, I protested--"I'm a Honda girl." Finally, he said, "then you should probably buy a Honda".

 

I let his logic sink in as my car sat in the shop for a week and shortly after returning home I bought the Nissan.

 

So what does that have to do with anything? Well, we deal a lot with changes in our lives and in the church. And sometimes we become convinced something has to be a certain way (because that's what we know and are comfortable with). But the reality is there are lots of options out there...some that are fun for a joy ride, some for the test drive, and others for the long haul. In each case, we have to be willing to try something new.

 

Where have you become overly comfortable? What change have you been resisting? How might you ask God to ready you to try something new?

 

 

In Christ,
Pastor Debbie

 

 

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Pastor Debbie's E-Devotion - February 22, 2018

There has been a lot of conversation over the last year (or more) about gun violence and gun control. It seems there is even greater sensitivity since the Parkland shooting where we are now hearing from the students who were there.

A lot of people have said a lot of things. To be sure, we are of varying minds even within our church. With all the voices out there, and the various ways of interpreting scriptures, one might wonder what the church says. Some churches say they don't go into political issues. We aren't one of those churches.

 

In fact, for a long time, United Methodists have been very outspoken on societal (aka political) issues. We are the only religious institution with a building on capital hill. It is home to the General Board of Church and Society, where we have church representatives who lobby on all kinds of issues (from domestic violence, to immigration, to war). Not all United Methodists in the pews support each and every stance of the General Board, but the General Board represents the stance agreed upon by the General Conference (our annual meeting of delegates representing our churches around the world).

 

 

 

If you would find it helpful to have a conversation about any of these topics, including the particular stance of the UMC, please feel free to reach out to me to schedule a time for a conversation.

 

 

In Christ,
Pastor Debbie

 

 

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Pastor Debbie's E-Devotion - February 15, 2018

As we begin the season of Lent, we are invited to make intentional commitments to our faith life and practices so we may draw closer to God. On this day of love and ashes, we are reminded both of God's deep abiding love for us, and the impermanence of our own lives.

And tragically, today, we have seen the death of too many as we read and watch news of the school shooting in Parkland Florida. It's one thing to contemplate our own mortality as we give thanks for the gift of life through Christ. It is wholly another to see the sudden death of children and try and share God's love and presence even in the face of terrible evil.

 

In the face of tragedy, I know words fall short. I don't have answers or solutions. I have no magic (or divine) power to bring them back from the dead. But I do have prayers--for the families of those who were shot, their friends who witnessed such awfulness, the shooter, his family, the first responders, the community, and our nation.

 

While I wish I could give us a world where our kids knew nothing of gun violence, I will give you what I have instead...my prayer:

 

Will you pray with us?
Merciful and loving God
We cry out to you
Our hearts are aching
as more children have faced gun violence
in a place that should be safe
in a place where friendships are formed
in a place that is meant to grow us into better people
and yet still so many are hurting
isolated
angry
and bitter
We need you, Lord
to guide us
and heal us
and change us into the community you have called us to be
For those who are in the shockwaves of grief
We ask for comfort and solace
For those just hearing the news, we ask for ears to hear
For those seeking to help
We ask for wisdom, care, and compassion
For our nation
which needs to learn your ways
with all that we are
in all that we do
We ask that your voice would be loud and clear
that we would have courage and humility
to submit our own will
that your will would come
here on earth
in this nation
in these states
in these towns
in our schools
In Jesus' name, we pray,
amen.

 

 

 

May God bless you,
Pastor Debbie

 

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Current Church News

  • Trustees Fall Church Work Day - September 29, 2018

    All helping hand needed!

    Trustee work day is Saturday, September 29th from 8:30AM - Noon.

     
  • Piety Sunday! September 23rd

    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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