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From the Pastor – July 2021

Grateful. I am full of gratitude for each of you and for our faith community as I look back on our 2020-2021 “program” year, and even further back, to the confusion and anxiety we felt as the pandemic was taking hold in March 2020.  Paul’s thank yous to his churches come to my mind. These […]

From the Pastor – March 2021 “Learning to Pray”

By Pastor Kathy Hawks Long before I knew the theology of it, “Grace” was the prayer we said before a meal when I was growing up. We held hands and always said exactly the same thing: For health and strength and daily bread, we give thee thanks, O Lord. Maybe the repetition is why Grandpa […]

From the Pastor – January 2021

by Pastor Kathy Hawks I remember long, mid-western winters in my childhood, looking out onto the frozen white from my bedroom at night. The snow and dark were beautiful and serene.  But, this year? Winter is just SO tiring! Doesn’t it take extra energy just to keep your spirits up and keep going?  At Christmas, […]

An Election Day Word from Pastor Kathy

(by way of Rector Bill Danaher, Jr., Christ Church Cranbrook) Friends, it’s a tense day, and quite likely longer time. These words speak to me and so I share them with you: I cannot predict who will win the election today. However, our experience four years ago teaches us all an important lesson: The Christian […]

Holy Week 2019: Middle. End. Beginning.

Beginning. Middle. End. That’s always the order. Of course. BEGINNINGS: Well, babies. New ventures. First day of school. So often full of hope. Excitement! Anticipation! Dreams! Though probably mixed with anxiety. Awkwardness. Trepidation. THE MIDDLE: Well, everything’s that’s not the beginning or the end. It covers a lot of ground. Ups. Downs. Sideways. The same […]

From the Pastor: May 2018

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you;    the birds of the air, and they will tell you; ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you;    and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know    that the hand of the […]

Gretchen’s Article on Advent — the season, not the child.

I love Advent.  I mean, clearly – I love it enough to name my child after it – Addi is short for Advent.  Advent is my favorite season of the church year, hands down.  The name Advent shares the Latin root adventus meaning “a coming, approach, or arrival.”  It’s part of the word “adventure” – […]

From the Pastor – August 2017

Here are some responses to my recent sermon called, “Jesus Repents”, which spoke to the need, as followers of Jesus, to repent of our own distancing from the racism in our nation and ourselves, and commit ourselves to listen, learn and act with people of color. “You should have condemned Trump outright.  Spell out how […]

Book (and Music) Recommendations from the Staff

Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott Anne Lamott’s nontraditional journey to faith is unusual and inspiring as someone nontraditional myself, it’s encouraging to hear her story of transition moving through loss into a place of growth. I highly recommend this book. It’s hilarious and profane and funny and she’s an alcoholic who’s a mess and dealing […]

From the Pastor – July 2017

10 “SPIRITUAL” WAYS TO RELAX THIS SUMMER Even when you’re not on vacation! Summer — such a delicious time of year!  Even if the pace doesn’t slow as much as we’d like, the focus shifts and the weather (usually) is glorious! In keeping with our Spiritual Life Hack explorations and focus on how faith practices […]

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