Category Archive: Pastor’s Message

Adulting

FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK   An interesting way to gauge societal shifts is to pay attention to language. Merriam-Webster tracks word usage throughout the year and creates a list of the “top 10 words of the year” as well as frequently adding new words as they become part of everyday language. One word that has …

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From “Stuck” to “Without Ceasing”

FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ, Prayer. It’s one of the most basic elements of Christian life. Prayer is the thing that the Apostle Paul instructs us to do “without ceasing”. Perhaps it should come as no surprise then that it is also one of the areas of spiritual life …

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One Great Hour of Sharing

Greetings in the name of Our Savior Jesus Christ, This month we have a special mission offering in the United Church of Christ known as “One Great Hour of Sharing.” This offering is one of four special offerings collected each year as  a way for us as a church to make a collective positive impact …

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What is Truth?

“What is truth?” This is the question Pontius Pilate asks of Jesus just before he is crucified. Jesus had testified that he “was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. Whoever accepts the truth listens to my voice” (John 18:37-38). Particularly in the gospel of John, Jesus takes a hard line …

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Pastor Tara Goes to Washington!

The leadership of the Wisconsin Conference of the United Church of Christ has organized a bus trip for both lay people and clergy to Washington D.C. Jan.19-22 (the weekend of the inauguration) as a means of greater engagement in social justice issues. My daughter, Vanessa, and I will be participating in this weekend of listening …

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From the Pastor’s Desk December 2016

FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK   ‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” crooned the voice on the radio as I drove into church this morning, until I switched it off. It wasn’t even Thanksgiving yet and already the commercialism and forced cheerfulness was grating on my nerves…and I genuinely enjoy this season of the …

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Thankful Stewardship

As Americans we tend to associate November with Thanksgiving, a time for expressing gratitude for the blessings we have received. In the Old Testament we read countless stories and commandments highlighting the importance of giving thanks, usually through the form of an offering to God. It’s a chance to acknowledge what matters most in life. …

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Washing Windows

Greetings in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ, This morning I washed the windows, but I’m not so sure what compelled me to do so. Perhaps the reminder that this week marked the anniversary of my grandma’s birthday and I recalled memories of her death-defying window-washing acrobatics. It may have been an unconscious desire …

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What’s Up With That?

If you’ve been reading your newsletters and bulletins you might have noticed we have been offering a number of different small group opportunities and you might be thinking “What’s up with that?” Small group ministry is nothing new, its been around since the very start of the church (its essentially what the early churches were—groups …

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Moral Mondays

FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK   Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ, The minor prophet, Micah, doesn’t get a lot of play in our churches. At a mere seven chapters, the scope of this Old Testament book is surprisingly broad with no unified theme. Like most preachers on Sunday morning, Micah weaves back in forth …

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