Pastors' Corner

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

“What Are You Giving Up For Lent This Year”

Dear Bethlehem, "What are you giving up for Lent this year?" It's become a common phrase in our society, even among those who do not regularly attend a worship service of any kind. Lent has embedded itself in our collective conscience as a season of solemn sobriety, of restraint, of self-denial. People treat it almost like a workout regimen, or a life style challenge - 40 Days to a Newer and Better You! People give up chocolate, or Facebook, or soda. All good life choices, but are they really getting at the heart of the season? Don't get me wrong, I'm

By |March 21st, 2019|

“Every Moment Matters, Including This One”

Dear people of Bethlehem, I saw a sign today that read, “Every moment matters, including this one.”  How true.  Time is precious and the grace we are offered in every moment, and how we use those moments, even more precious.  I was reminded of that, in a very personal way this week.  A member of our congregation, Donna Hackett, died this week.  She is young, she left young children, and I have known her since she was a girl herself.  As the sun set that day, I looked out my office window at the striking colors of the sky, and thought

By |February 1st, 2019|

Planting Seeds of Hope for the New Year

New Year's Blessings Bethlehem, I would like to start this Newsletter article with a sincere and heartfelt thank you. I was absolutely blown away by the generosity of your Christmas gift. Thank you all so much. I would also like to thank you all for a truly wonderful Christmas season. Our worship services were packed; filled not only with people, but with joy and love and laughter. It was such a blessing to be a part of. New Year's is always an odd time. A time where we stand upon a threshold, simultaneously looking forward and looking back. Looking forward can

By |January 4th, 2019|

Seeking Bethlehem

Dear Bethlehem People, Greetings to you this Advent season. We are in a time of holy anticipation of the birth of the Christ child in our midst. I write this letter from my father's hospital room at Green Hospital. His room overlooks the ocean; its beauty a stark contrast to those in pain on the other side of the glass. But then again, maybe that is as it should be - a reminder that God's grace is always present, even in difficult day. Every Good Friday is accompanied by an Easter sunrise. Every dark night accompanied by a rising dawn, and

By |December 6th, 2018|

Homecoming

Dear Bethlehem, It's hard to believe that it's November already. I saw my first Christmas commercial on TV the other day and almost couldn't believe my eyes. October was a month of homecomings, as well as new adventures for me. I took a few days off to drive up to the Bay Area to see friends that still live there. Being back in Half Moon Bay for the first time since I helped my parents move back in June was a truly odd experience. It felt simultaneously familiar and foreign. I felt a sense of comfort and belonging, that was followed

By |November 4th, 2018|

Gather Together to Be Sent Out to Serve

Greetings Bethlehem, Some churches seem to go on hiatus during the summer, but that has not been my experience here at Bethlehem. The whole summer, but especially this past month have been full of so many exciting and wonderful things happening in our community. I had the great pleasure of participating in my first ever Bethlehem serves and it was truly inspiring to watch. The first thing that struck me was how cool it was getting to see members who usually go to different church services, worshipping and serving together. It reminds us that even though our preferred worship times may

By |September 1st, 2018|