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Pastor’s Ponderings

Pastors Pondering

Here is an update on our search for a new Director of Music and Organist. Meg Winter, Joyce Summer and I are conducting the search on behalf the Staff Parish Relations Committee. In the fall, we advertised the position on the American Guild of Organists website that...

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Pastors Pondering

One of the things that I’d like us to do as a congregation in 2022 is have a conversation about human sexuality. Here’s why. In the coming year, congregations in The United Methodist Church will very likely be forced to make a decision in the coming year about how...

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Pastors Pondering

Have you ever stopped to wonder why it is that we read the Bible? Scripture doesn’t tell us how to make decisions or how to make a living. It won’t help you find a parking place or tell you who will win a football game. And yet, we read the Bible with the expectation,...

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Pastors Pondering

    Wishing you a Happy New Year, look for the next Pastors Pondering next week, January 4, 2022

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Pastors Pondering

Life interrupted my plans. I was so looking forward to seeing the poinsettias in place, the time with the children, the lighting of the fourth Advent candle and the return of a choir in the worship service this past weekend. However, as many of you know, my father...

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Pastors Pondering

Not so very long ago, we would often see Deacon Julie Wilson at the church, assisting with worship, leading a time with the children on the chancel steps or organizing the volunteers for the Emergency Family Shelter. Since leaving Calvary Church in September 2019, she...

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Pastors Pondering

Since September, I have participated in a group of pastors working on cultivating playfulness. Each time we come together, we start off with a prayer and then some kind of silly game intended to get us laughing. We have played holiday BINGO, done a scavenger hunt and...

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Pastors Pondering

As we celebrate Thanksgiving Day, may your hearts be filled with love and gratitude for the goodness and blessings in your life. I offer these prayers as a way to put that appreciation into words. (I am boldly borrowing and sharing these two prayers that I recently...

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I have had a few requests recently about joining the church. While churches have seen worship attendance and participation in church life drop, there are still many good reasons to connect with others in a congregation. Here’s a few: The church is a place where we can...

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News from the larger church Last week I mentioned some of the work being done by the Baltimore Washington Conference. I want to follow up on this with mention of some of resolutions that were passed that will impact us here at Calvary United Methodist Church First,...

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