Browsing Pastor's Reflections

Scarcity & Abundance

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 10/19/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

One of the talks given at the meetings I recently attended was on the concept of "scarcity & abundance." While these are natural states that can describe almost everything, from a precious resource like gold to more subjective items like a person's humor ... Read More »

It's October

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 10/13/17

October usually is an enjoyable time of the year in the United States. The autumn season manifests itself with wonderful fall foliage in many parts of the country. The temperatures are cooler, inviting people outdoors for nature walks, apple or pumpkin picking. School routines are more established and football ... Read More »

What's Next

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 10/05/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

We find ourselves, once again, reeling from another act of horrific violence and an utter disregard for the sanctity of human life. The constant barrage of videos and news alerts brought the horror of it right into our living rooms and gave us ... Read More »

Yes, Father! Here I am, send me

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 9/28/17

Dear Sisters  & Brothers in Christ,

I want to thank everyone who worked hard to make our S.M.U.S. a success, especially our kitchen crew. Please pray for Deborah and those helping her as they attempt to clean up our data system and make it more useful for us. As ... Read More »

Sign Me Up Sunday

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 9/22/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

Well today, as you know, is Sign Me Up Sunday (S.M.U.S.)! The idea is not to make this the only time to sign up for ministries, but rather, a day to recommit to our call to serve our local community.

This year we ... Read More »

SMUS

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 9/16/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

I want to once again thank everyone who had a hand in putting together our Gala Celebration. It exceeded even my expectations and was truly a wonderful event. I know the Jubilee Commission, and especially the Gala sub-committee, worked very long hours in ... Read More »

DACA

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 9/07/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

Whether people are for or against immigrants, it drives me crazy when people try to reduce it to a legal question, "They should have come in 'legally.'" The problem with such statements is that probably 99% of the people who make them have ... Read More »

Darkness Cannot Extinguish Light

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 8/31/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

Tragedies like Charlottesville can make one wonder if all of the marches and the sit-ins, the placards and the yard signs, the preaching and the statements issued have made any difference at all. The depth of some people's hate, and their pure ignorance ... Read More »

The Peace of Christ

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 8/24/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

If anyone in all of history was falsely arrested and unjustly condemned that person would be Jesus of Nazareth, The Christ. Not only was he not guilty of the charges for which he was arrested, He was not guilty of anything. And I ... Read More »

We Are A Family

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 8/19/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

Last Sunday I preached about "The Boat" imagery, which used to be a popular metaphor for The Church. It works well when we think about The Church being a community on a journey, especially when that journey encounters a storm. Well church, these ... Read More »