Pastors' Corner

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

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|

“They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love”

Easter Blessings Bethlehem, I would first like to thank you all for making this year's Holy Week such an amazing experience. Your willingness to embrace the new aspects of worship that were introduced, your excitement around time honored traditions that we have, and the intentionality with which you engaged all of our worship services truly made the journey from table to cross to empty tomb a blessed one. I'd like to share something that I've been mulling over for a little while now. Two weeks before Easter Sunday I had the great honor of officiating the wedding of one of my

By |May 3rd, 2019|

Blessed Season of Pentacost

Dear people of Bethlehem, Blessed season of Pentecost to you all.  This is a time when we feel a new wind blowing in the air and blowing through the church.  Summer is before us with less scheduled days and time to rest and travel and reinvigorate our spirits.  In the church, it is a time of kindled fire and new Spirit and a renewed commitment to be church in the world in ways that make a difference. At Bethlehem, I have felt it.  I felt it on Sunday, at our annual choir concert and talent show.  Our children sang, like nothing I have ever seen.   Fearlessly, boys

By |May 1st, 2019|