Last week in El Paso I attended the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Conference UCC. It was the first live gathering of our conference since 2019. It was so wonderful to see the faces, to give and receive the hugs, and to feel the presence of the divine working among us. One of the things that… Continue reading Home again after Annual Meeting
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What phrase doesn’t spark energy, passion, or excitement?
The phrase, “Annual Meeting,” isn’t one that sparks a lot of energy, passion, or excitement in most folks. But it is necessary. Like worship, refreshments will be served afterwards. Votes will be tabulated on our ministry budget and the slate of our future leaders. Will we use an abacus for the tally? Come and find… Continue reading What phrase doesn’t spark energy, passion, or excitement?
Pastor Paul’s brief recap of the past five years
Thank you to all who made the 2022 Annual Meeting such a success. I am honored to serve with the slate of volunteers we have for 2022. Before we jump too far into the 2022, let me give a brief recap of the past five years. In 2017, I talked about adjusting our sails, because… Continue reading Pastor Paul’s brief recap of the past five years
Don’t miss my State of the Church address
Thirty years ago I was listening to President Bush give the State of the Union address. The governor then gave the State of the State and the mayor the State of the City. I thought, “Why can’t a preacher do the same thing with the church?” To my mind, my thought was so original and… Continue reading Don’t miss my State of the Church address
We have a good group guiding us
Our Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 29 at 9 a.m. in the sanctuary will be a celebration: record-setting financial giving to the church, great volunteer leadership, expansion of our social justice ministry, hope for tomorrow. Having said that, every time I start to think that I have this Covid thing figured out, a new wave… Continue reading We have a good group guiding us
Annual Meetings at The Palms are never boring.
Our Annual Meeting is this Saturday, January 30 at 9 a.m. on Bridges. Annual Meetings at The Palms are rarely boring, humdrum, or same-old-same-old stuff. Each one takes on its own personality. Some elements within the meetings are the similar: We hear of budgets and activities; I stand up and give my State-of-the-Church Address which interprets… Continue reading Annual Meetings at The Palms are never boring.