Let’s Offer A Voluntary Extravagant Sacrifice during Lent by collecting food items each week, keeping them in a box (or sturdy bags), and bringing them to First Christian before Easter. This food will be donated to the One Step Further Food Pantry. For the first week, choose 4 items from the Breakfast List and put them in your box: Cereal … Read More →
We need 1-2 people who would be willing to direct our Alpha Beta camp this summer at Camp Caroline. Finley Baldwin, the part-time Youth Director at Hillyer Memorial Christian Church, has been busy planning this week of camp with Courtney Hickman (the week’s keynoter), but Finley recently landed an awesome new job. Because of that… Read More →
This coming Sunday’s sermon is built on the final beatitude in Matthew 5. A pertinent quote comes from Abuna Elias Chacour, the now retired 80-year-old archbishop of the Melkite Catholic Church in Israel. He is a Palestinian Christian, and a Galilean, having been brought up in the vicinity of Jesus’s upbringing. He is also an… Read More →
Dear friends, This week in ancient Rome, people celebrated the feast of Lupercalia. The aim of this festival was to release energy for health and fertility. It honored the god called Lupercus, the protector of shepherds’ flocks against wolves, as well as the promoter of fertility among sheep. The festival began with the sacrifice of… Read More →
Dear friends, In 1958, Charles Schulz, the creator of “Peanuts,” published a book compiled from cartoons he’d drawn for Youth magazine. “Harold” was the main character among several, who were involved in the life of a church somewhat typical of mainline white congregations in the Midwest in the late 1950s. Not surprisingly, the gentle humor… Read More →
Dear friends, “Tradition,” the iconic song Harnick and Bock wrote for “Fiddler on the Roof,” is about roles in a Jewish family—Papa, Mama, Son, and Daughter. But for me, Tradition means a continuing pattern of beliefs or practice handed down from one generation to another. One tradition I treasure is the Week of Compassion. Surprisingly (to… Read More →
We are still in the afterglow of the astounding array of tasty foods and the warm hospitality of our Montagnard Fellowship and visiting Montagnard Disciples who provided our luncheon last Sunday, attended by 140 happy people.
Dear friends, Early in my first interim pastorate, I heard peevish comments about the length of sermons. These weren’t directed at me; I’d barely arrived. But the subject became somewhat of a joke as someone always seemed to be timing the length of the sermon. One Sunday, when my year there was nearly finished, the… Read More →