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    “What Are You Expecting?” — An Advent Sermon Series

    by Rev. Dennis Jones

    This year the season of Advent begins on December 2, and it is the weekend we will kick off our Advent Sermon Series entitled, What Are You Expecting? Advent is a time of anticipation and expectancy. It is a time of waiting, and preparing, and being open to the arrival of God’s presence in our […]

    Fall Sermon Series Begins September 16!

    by Rev. Dennis Jones

    Presbyterian minister and author Frederick Buechner writes, “Generally speaking, if you want to know who you really are as distinct from who you like to think you are, keep an eye on where your feet take you.” Our Fall Sermon Series, entitled “Live It Out,” is inspired by the no-nonsense and practical wisdom of the […]

    A Note from the Pastor…

    by Rev. Dennis Jones

    Dear Friends, Some of you know that a little more than 2 weeks ago I experienced sudden and severe hearing loss. With the help of a great team of doctors I’m still in the diagnosis stage, and continuing treatments. Earlier this week I saw a specialist in New York who concurred with the treatment my […]

    Reflection:Do You See?

    by Maureen Paterson

    Do you see? Do you see the hurt in the eyes, pain in the soul, fear in the heart? Do you see? Do you see the hunger for love, search for peace, ache to belong? Do you see? Do you see beyond sins of the past, judgements pronounced, anger and blame. Do you see? Do […]

    Lenten Reflection: Come Follow Me

    by Maureen Paterson

    Come and follow, Come, you say. Not now, Lord, not today. Really Lord? You want me? Right now Lord? How can that be? Let me first make a plan, think it through, You understand? I’m not so sure it’s for the best, I’m not so sure I’ll pass the test. Lord, I think it would […]

    Lenten Reflection: Invitation to Lent

    by Maureen Paterson

    Dust made real with divine breath. Creation awakened alive in You. Newborn cries announcing hope. Toddler squeals proclaiming joy. Teenage sighs wrestling purpose. Dust made real with divine breath. Groans of lament dashed hopes and dreams. Gasps of delight hearts joined fulfilled. Silent tears loss too great for words. Dust made real with divine breath. […]

    Historical Focus for December—Looking Forward in Faith

    by Rev. Dennis Jones

    As this tricentennial year of celebration draws to a close, we pause to give heartfelt thanks to all those who so generously gave of their leadership, love, and creativity during this joyous year of remembrance and renewal. I especially want to express gratitude to Bill Emmitt, Kris Emmitt and George Fricke who served so faithfully […]

    Lectionary Reflection: Light Shines in the Darkness

    by Maureen Paterson

    You, Lord shine in the darkness. Yet we skulk in the shadows, hiding in pain. You, Lord shine in the darkness. Yet we cower in the corner, fearful in shame. You, Lord shine in the darkness. Yet we dance with the devil, flirting with sin. You call us forth, your radiant beams of grace, piercing […]