Pastors' Corner

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

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|

“My Life Flows On in Endless Song”

Dear members and friends of Bethlehem, We stand, at this moment, between Lent and Easter and I am not finding it a comfortable place this year. We have had two recent funerals in the congregation that have taken our hearts. I have had several very personal losses as well. A friend of mine in a recent medical crisis commented, "I have missed all of Lent, I haven't been to a single Lenten service." My response to her was, "I don't think you have missed Lent at all. You are living it." Sometimes it is like that.   Sometimes the world overwhelms. The

By |April 8th, 2019|

“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|