From Pastor Jim – June 6, 2019

While on one hand it was sad to see so many trees felled, the reality is that God has some great joyful things in store for us as His ambassadors, including the opportunity to eventually love and be a blessing to our (new) neighbors. As I pondered the changing landscape, it occurred to me that […]

From Pastor Jim – May 16, 2019

The following story that I received from Gary Hunt may be made up, or it may be true, either way it is a good story with a conclusion that makes it worthwhile reading. A group of salespeople went to a regional sales convention in Chicago .. They had assured their spouses that they would be […]

From Pastor Jim – May 2, 2019

We heard it on the news. In Sri Lanka, during Easter Worship, Christians were targeted and killed. But we also heard that those of the Islamic faith were targeted and killed in a Mosque. Those of the Jewish Faith were targeted and killed while in their Synagogue. One commentary said, are these all simply crimes […]

From Pastor Jim – April 4, 2019

I was reading an article on Healthy Churches.  It was interesting that the observation of what leads to being unhealthy are two characteristics; Churches are too busy. And, Church members are too busy. The question I ask as a pastor is this: Since it is important to cultivate a culture of transformational discipleship, and yet […]

From Pastor Jim – March 8, 2019

February 23 – 26 in St. Louis, a special General Conference was held.  The purpose was to address one issue:  will the language of the Discipline be changed as it relates to the matter of marriage and ordination?  In brief: no changes were made. The UMC has always had in the Discipline that we are […]

From Pastor Jim – January 17, 2019

Special General Conference  (UMC) – February 2019. We are United Methodists and part of a global connection that is in mission to all the world. The whole UMC has as its stated mission:  “To Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the world!” In February “The General Conference” will be addressing a number […]

From Pastor Jim – November 14, 2018

The following proclamation was made by Governor Bradford in 1623:  To all ye Pilgrims,             Inasmuch as the great father has given us an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, peas, squashes and garden vegetables, and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as he […]