Pastor’s Ponderings

Pastors Pondering

After much prayer and discussion, the Church Council decided to move ahead with a special capital campaign to raise money for the organ project. This decision was informed by the report of the feasibility and readiness study carried out last fall. The capital campaign...

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Pastors Pondering

Each January, every United Methodist congregation compiles and completes a list of figures and statistics that are turned into the denomination. Average weekly worship attendances, members, the number of baptisms and confirmations, as well as the total amount of money...

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Pastors Pondering

This Thursday, January 24, at 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall there will be discussion of the upcoming Special General Conference session to be held next month in St. Louis. The General Conference will be taking up the recommendation of the United Methodist Council of...

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Laity Sunday

A message from Zan Fleming, Lay Leader To mark Laity Sunday at both services on January 13, Kyle Bostian and I are working hard to make it a meaningful worship experience.  I have been privileged to serve with Kyle as Lay Leaders over the last 2 years.  Kyle is a...

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Why don’t we have Christmas cards with John the Baptist?

If you plan to go to Bethlehem this year to see the child in the manger, you need to first make a stop in the wilderness of Judea. There, standing knee deep in the swirling, muddy water, you’ll find a man with rough clothes and an even rougher message. It’s John the...

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Pastors Pondering

We know that the cost of living in Frederick County can be a stretch for even working families. Many of the people in this county worry that they are one emergency away from financial disaster.  The United Way has come up with a way of determining a basic household...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Pastor Ponderings

June 11 On Sunday, Rev. Shannon and I completed our sermon series on peacemaking.  Here is the gist of what I shared on Sunday.  It includes an observation, four signs that we are slipping into dangerous conflict and three suggestions for building peace where we are. ...

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Verse of the Day

“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.” — 1 John 4:11-12 Listen to chapter The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (ESV® Text Edition: 2016) Copyright ©2016 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Powered by BibleGateway.com.