Pastor’s Ponderings

Pastor Pondering

Calvary Weekday School to Have a New Director Louis Walmsley will be retiring as the director of the Calvary Weekday School at the end of June.  She has served as the director since 2015. I am pleased to announce that after an extensive search, a new director has been...

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Pastors Pondering

An update on the UMC It’s been a few weeks since the Special General Conference met in St Louis where the majority of delegates made the decision to adopt the so-called “Traditional Plan.” Since the decision was made at the Special General Conference, we are in a...

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Pastors Pondering

For many years now, each United Methodist Church in our conference has been expected to establish and maintain a set of policies and practices that would lessen the risk of sexual abuse to children and teenagers that take part in any of the ministries of the church....

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Pastors Pondering

It’s been a difficult time at the Larsen household this month. Wanda’s mother was already in hospice care for several months. The day after Ash Wednesday, we got the call that her vital signs were crashing. Wanda left work immediately and headed for the Cleveland area...

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Response to Special General Conference Action

Dear members and friends of Calvary United Methodist Church, I walk with a heavy heart this week. The United Methodist Church finished its Special Session of the General Conference in St. Louis on Tuesday and it seems that the church that I have loved and served for...

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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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Verse of the Day

“I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. I and the Father are one.”” — John 10:28-30 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.