Pastors' Corner

Pastors Corner2018-09-01T20:59:58-07:00

New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year Bethlehem! I'd like to begin by expressing my deep gratitude for all of you, and for the generosity of your Christmas gift this year. I was blown away and am so profoundly blessed to count myself a part of this community. Thank you so much. If you have been on Facebook, or Twitter, or really any social media platform this week, you have no doubt seen the annual barrage of memes and comics lampooning the practice of New Year's Resolutions. Pictures of gym owners raking in the dough from all of the new memberships that are being purchased,

By |January 8th, 2020|

The Light of Christmas is Coming

Dear Advent People, May light reach you.  The light of Christ’s coming.  The light of hope in a dark night sky, the light we pass one to another.  I recently saw the Mr. Rogers movie, “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”.  I left the theatre reminded again, that kindness and compassion are indeed a most significant force of transformation in the world.  I left musing on God’s decision to change the world by placing a newborn child in a manger.  A decision to change the world, not by force or strength, but by one who came bringing healing in his

By |December 7th, 2019|

A Church that can Survive the Shaking of the Earth

Fall Greetings Bethlehem, I am writing still filled with joy and elation after this past Sunday. We had an amazing Reformation Sunday, blessed our new bathrooms (the blessing is included below), and enjoyed a wonderful Oktoberfest. Thank you to all who were involved in making it such a joyous day! Given that my mind is still on Reformation, and the fact that Pastor Laura and I recently attended a continuing education conference for clergy out in Palm Desert, I'd like to share with you one piece of learning that has stuck with me. One of our keynote speakers was Bishop Yvette

By |November 6th, 2019|

A Time of Energy and Forward Motion

Dear People of Bethlehem, The fall is upon us. It is time of energy and forward motion. (It is also a time to pray the humidity and temperature comes down :)) At Bethlehem it is a time for new energy and new ministry. New visitors to worship and the beginning of fall programming. It is an opportunity to thank you all again for your generosity, particularly in the funding of our new HVAC unit. Worship has been so energetic and grace filled over the summer and the temperature in the sanctuary has been glorious. We have received a great deal of

By |September 3rd, 2019|

Connections of Faith

Summertime Greetings Bethlehem, Okay, so fair warning, I'm going to nerd-out a little in this article. If Harry Potter isn't your favorite, I apologize, and you are by no means required to continue reading. This also will act as a "spoilers warning" for any who might be still working their way through the series. For those of you who are still with me, I'll start by saying that Harry Potter was a huge part of my childhood. My parents and I read all 7 books out loud together as a family. We would go to the local bookstore in Half Moon

By |August 1st, 2019|

Pureness of Joy, Love, and Excitement

Summertime Greetings Bethlehem, "At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me." - Matthew 18:1-5 I am writing this newsletter article in midst of the amazing, exhausting, wonderful insanity that is our VBS program. This year we

By |July 1st, 2019|