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Shining the Light

by Daniel

Today is Transfiguration Sunday when we remember Jesus conferring with Moses and Elijah on a mountaintop. Those guys were so full of God’s radiance that they literally glowed. What about us? How can we as people today reflect Jesus’s light into a world filled with darkness and trouble? John 1:5 tells us that “The light […]

Ash Wednesday + Ready, Set, Lent!

by Daniel

Ash Wednesday is the first day in the Christian season of Lent. We hope that you’ll join us for one of the two options for Ash Wednesday, which is March 6th: ☀️ Daytime (between 11am – 1pm) drop by the sanctuary for prayer and the gift of ashes 🌙 Evening (7-8 pm) Ash Wednesday service During Lent, […]

Thoughts after General Conference

by Daniel

As many of you know, United Methodists met over the weekend in St. Louis to determine a way forward on the inclusion of sexual minorities within the global church. The traditional plan won the day, meaning that the Book of Discipline retains bans on same-sex weddings and LGBTQIA clergy for now. For those who are […]

Cleaning Up

by Daniel

If cleanliness is next to godliness, we have some work to do! Eric Seiberling recently wrote a great article called “8 steps to declutter and make the best impression” about the importance of the church building itself being de-cluttered to better focus on the ministries of the church. He encourages congregations to look at their […]

Salvation Army Stockings

by Daniel

Thanks to everyone who took the time to fill a stocking or two this year.  We know your thoughtful gifts will delight the local boys and girls of all ages who will get them this Christmas season.  All 30 filled stockings were delivered on Wednesday.  

ESL Underway!

by Daniel

On Tuesday, we started our seven-week semester of English classes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students.  For the first time, we are teaching students from Ecuador and Sudan!  Our students hail from five continents this semester.  Our classes are small, which allows us to tailor our classes to meet our students’ diverse 1individual language learning […]

Stockings Are Coming!

by Daniel

Have you noticed how stores start putting up Christmas displays before Halloween?  We like to think it is to help us get ready to fill the Salvation Army stockings each year. We know it seems early… but Christmas stockings are here! Sign up to fill stockings for babies through older boys and girls for the […]

God Can Work with Small

by Daniel

Five loaves and two fish for a crowd of 5000. Crumbs for the Gentile woman seeking healing for her daughter. Faith like a mustard seed. A little yeast to leaven 60 lbs of flour for bread. God can make a big difference with things that are small.

Way Forward Dinner 9/26

by Daniel

This Wednesday, join us for dinner at 7pm as we livestream Bishop Lewis’ Q&A on the three plans for the Methodist Church regarding LGBTQ people. See here if you want to learn more about the committee’s work and the three plans before Wednesday night. Let us know you’re coming, so we have enough food.

Discipleship Plan Planning Coming Soon!

by Daniel

We are pretty excited to get cracking on the Bruen Chapel Discipleship Plan and are developing our plan for the plan.  Think of it as the pre-game. We will be using Phil Maynard’s Membership to Discipleship book as a resource (see Ruth if you’d like a copy; a CliffsNotes version/short synopsis will be coming soon).  Maynard defines […]