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  • Holy Lenten Wilderness
    3/21/2020 Last evening, the Roots of Life Council and I met to discuss the effects of COVID-19 (The Corona Virus) upon our community as a whole and on our congregation and families specifically. We believe that it is wise appropriate and loving, to suspend our time of face to face gatherings at 222 Lakeview Drive until further notice. We are still planning to worship together virtually, through various means. I am hoping that other faith communities follow suit. It is the loving thing to do.
  • Church suspension does not stop worship
    3/14/2020 Last evening, the Roots of Life Council and I met to discuss the effects of COVID-19 (The Corona Virus) upon our community as a whole and on our congregation and families specifically. We believe that it is wise appropriate and loving, to suspend our time of face to face gatherings at 222 Lakeview Drive until further notice. We are still planning to worship together virtually, through various means. I am hoping that other faith communities follow suit. It is the loving thing to do.
  • Our Lord is open to questions when you open your heart to answers
    3/7/2020 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. John 3:16

    Seen in the end zones of football games, or in the stands at baseball games, posters that read “John 3:16”, are the sport lover’s tele-evangelists.
  • How to live other days of the week
    2/29/2020 Maybe this past week you thought, “I should go to church this Sunday.” But then Sunday rolled around, and either the blankets felt too warm and toasty, to get up and traverse the mile or two to your local worship space, or the idea of just not getting out of your PJs was just too enticing to make the effort, and you pushed the thought to the corner of your mind. After all, you have had enough of people this week. You did not want to hear someone preach to you, or hear music that did not connect to your soul. Sound familiar? Every once in a while the same thoughts cross my mind too, and I’m the pastor.
  • There has never been a better time to resist and reset for Lent
    2/22/2020 There has never been a better time to resist and reset for Lent
    Realizing that it might sound like a TV ad, “There has never been a better time for Lent,” seems to be my ear worm. My heart is crying out for peace. The contempt in the air is palpable. The us versus them mentality pervasive, the he said, she said sexual abuse stories, partisan politics, gun violence, and everything social media, seem to be a deafening sound that will not be quelled by normally sane people.
  • Faith is independent in face of hatred
    2/15/2020 Trigger warning, this column may read as a letter to the editor. This week has been soul crushing. It has been made of the stuff that Satan just loves, that is if you believe in Satan. No one can deny the attitude of anger, hatred, and vitriol that has been spewed by both sides of our political leadership; it is made of evil. Personally, I am disgusted by the whole impeachment process, the partisanship of how things have worked out. The lines drawn of what is right and what is wrong has been co-opted by evangelical pundits and our top government official, whose name I cannot say; but you know of whom I’m talking.
  • Resolutions and still needing relaxation
    2/1/2020 January was supposed to be our reset month. It was supposed to be setting new resolutions, not just for the year, but for the decade. Not just for the decade, but for this next chapter of what it means to be a full time working wife with a retired husband. Lots of women have done it, but let’s be honest, it is not an easy transition. We were supposed to use the month of January to recalibrate, figure out the rest of our lives. Believe it or not this extended vacation made us more stir crazy than relaxed. We ended up coming home nearly a week early.
  • Living life with my politics and my prayer
    1/25/2020 January has been, for my husband and I, a time of recalibration. We have spent the month unwinding after life in the political arena. John now retired from his mayoral position, and after sixteen years, means that I am no longer married to the mayor. We have both loved serving in this very public position. Even though I was not a paid employee, I like to think that I had an influence over some of the goings on in the community. Truth be told, we will both continue being of political minds, and active in politics because we both love and care for people and our community. For me, I can now rest fully in the non-partisan realm of politics. Yes, Virginia there is such a place, and I invite you here.
  • Being in the Council of Representatives in my House of God
    1/17/2020 It is my honor and pleasure to serve on my synod’s, Council of representatives. In layman’s terms this means that our Bishop, William Gafkjen serves as our mayor, and the Council is the policy and fiscal body. The Council is made up of two thirds laypeople and one third ordained pastors and deacons. The Council is elected by area and there are term limits. I am in my second and final term. There is a saying, “You don’t want to see how the sausage is made,” but I have found our governance activity to be a sacred act of participation, in the life of the church.
  • In the time after Epiphany
    1/11/2020 Here we are in the time after Epiphany, when Christ is revealed to us as a baby; fragile, and wet, wrapped in clothes, ripe with hope and expectation of a new future, Emmanuel, God with us. So many questions, what does this mean? How will we change? Is there truly hope that this war torn world of power hungry governments will change their vision toward peace and love? I hate being cynical, but no, probably not.
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