Pastors Pondering

A few weeks ago, we held a meeting to consider the future of the United Methodist Church. After years of division and argument over the church’s position on human sexuality, same-sex marriage and LGBTQ clergy, the General Conference of the denomination created a group...

Community of Hope

Centennial Community of Hope will offer new ministries to the Frederick community through Centennial Memorial United Methodist Church (CMUMC) located at 8 West Second Street, Frederick MD.  For many years, CMUMC has been the host facility for Second Street & Hope...

Pastor Ponderings

Sometimes there really are no words.  There are no words to explain.  There are no words to lessen the pain.  There are no words to make things better.  Instead, the most appropriate response is to tear. When the Pennsylvania Grand Jury reported its findings on child...

A Sense of Community: The Wesleyan Way

A Sense of Community: The Wesleyan Way Henry H. Knight III and Douglas Powe, Jr., in their book Transforming Evangelism: The Wesleyan Way of Sharing Faith, spoke of what John Wesley might have called the relationship journey.  Central to that journey, of course, is...
Children’s Church and Traditions

Children’s Church and Traditions

In January, I began taking the children into the chapel for Children’s Church each week. To say I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the response from the kids is an understatement. Each week we gather up front, sit on the floor in a circle, share a story, discuss the...

Pastor Pondering

We are in the midst of Vacation Bible School this week. This time around we is learning that “Jesus rescues.” When we feel lonely, when we are worried, when we struggle, when we have done wrong and when we are powerless, Jesus rescues. It’s a great message that gets...

It’s expensive to live here!

Calvary UMC participates in our local community and understands the challenge to find affordable housing. We support and have participated in the Affordable Housing Council, the Frederick County Coalition for the Homeless, Habitat for Humanity and other organizations...