We are entering the fourth Sunday in Advent. The journey has seemed both short and long. The perceived dichotomy of peace and business, hope and reality, joy and brokenness has led us to a place where many of us are ready to fall on our knees in exhaustion, confusion and sorrow at the state of … Continue reading The Journey To The Manger
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Rev. Nani Arning A few weeks ago, we had a great cause for celebration when my dad hit the age of 90. He wanted a party to celebrate the milestone and he had a party! The family gathered along with friends from throughout the years. It was quite a testament to him, his life, his … Continue reading 90 is a Great Age!
The school year has brought with it the experience of growing closer to the person God has created you to be. The school year brought the gifts of teachers and learning, and ends with a great sense of accomplishment and . . . relief. The school year has been more than learning facts about science … Continue reading End of School Blessing
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year It’s so odd to me that people make such a big deal out of those words as well as Happy Holidays. They are all nice words. But for some reason a greeting that is intended to bring a smile to our lips and cheer to our hearts can also … Continue reading Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Thoughts
In 1996, the General Conference of The United Methodist Church changed our denominational understanding of the diaconate, creating the Order of Deacon as a second path within ordained ministry. This year, we celebrate 20 years of clergy leading ministries characterized by Word, Service, Compassion, and Justice. The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry created … Continue reading United Methodist Deacons Celebrate 20 Years of Servant Leadership
As a solo pastor serving half time, at what is considered a small congregation, I quickly learned that although we are small and cannot have multiple staff members, we still deserved quality Christian Education for our children and their families. Many Sundays with more than half of our congregation consisting of children and youth, we … Continue reading Thoughts from a Pastor – Rev. Bich Thy (Betty) Nguyen
We live in a world that craves instant gratification, and expects change to be instantaneous and easy - just look at all of the "makeover" reality shows on TV. But we know that true transformation is rarely fast - just look to the story of the Ugly Duckling. One of my favorite posters is that … Continue reading Of ducklings and swans: A story of transformation