One last top 10 list before sabbatical!

Before I head out on Sabbatical, I wanted to give you one more Top Ten list.    I hope that during this time of discernment that you increase your giving of time, talent, and treasure to the church. Now is the time to demonstrate in word and in deed that you love the church. Be… Continue reading One last top 10 list before sabbatical!

Just a few more weeks until…

Yeah, I’m still here. And I’m trying to finish these last few weeks before Sabbatical—physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I begin with two words: Thank you! Thank you for these past six years in which we have journeyed together. There are so many instances where I have seen God at work within the walls of this church… Continue reading Just a few more weeks until…


“Lantana is a high maintenance weed that will take over in the summer and die back in the winter. I hate it.” Yep. That’s what I said, and it is how I felt for most of my adult life. I have removed established lantana bushes from many yards.  Until… Until is a powerful word. It… Continue reading Pulchritudinous

Tuning our Ears for a Sabbatical

Sabbaticals are a time for tuning our ears for listening carefully, for discerning the texture and quality of our own paths, for attending to God’s unceasing, creative plea amidst the noise of cultural pressures, the busyness of life, and our own self-limiting habits. Sabbaticals are for pastors and for congregations. I will be going on… Continue reading Tuning our Ears for a Sabbatical

Lessons from Frog and Toad

Arnold Lobel wrote a series of books, which on the surface appear to be children’s books, called Frog and Toad. Dig a little deeper and you’ll discover that they’re for adults, too. In one particular story, Toad is admiring Frog’s garden and wishing he could have a similar one. Frog tells him that he can and gives… Continue reading Lessons from Frog and Toad

Word of the year

Two years ago, we adjusted our sails due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Phrases rarely used have entered our everyday vocabulary: vaccination, booster, asymptomatic, contact tracing, flatten-the-curve, social distancing, herd immunity, isolation, lockdown, mask up, quarantine. One of the ways out of this pandemic is to learn new phrases. I want to introduce you to the… Continue reading Word of the year

New life for those seldom-used special characters on your keyboard!

The UCC is widely known as that “comma church.” Meaning that our denomination’s logo includes a comma.  That comma symbol has its genesis from a quote, not from some famous theologian, but from entertainer Gracie Allen to her husband, George Burns: “Never place a period where God has put a comma.” We’ve added over the… Continue reading New life for those seldom-used special characters on your keyboard!

Fellowship hour returns this Sunday! 

Cookies to the right of them, cookies to the left of them, cookies in front of them! With apologies to Alfred Lloyd Tennyson, that dream will be a reality this Sunday, March 6. After an almost two-year absence, we are having our fellowship hour return this Sunday. The Charge of the Cookie Brigade will happen right… Continue reading Fellowship hour returns this Sunday!