Pastor’s Weekly Letter

November 30, 2022

Letter From the Pastor – December 4, 2022

Christmas exhilarates us.  It also points us in the right direction.  As we  celebrate His coming, we strain to speak about the mystery and meaning of Jesus of Nazareth.  Emmanuel – “God is with us”.  The Word became flesh.  Son of God and Son of Mary.  Ture God, true man. We use symbols to try to point to His meaning:  1)  We place evergreen trees in our homes, fresh and alive to remind us that Jesus is always alive, that He lives forever. 2)  We celebrate His birth on one of the longest nights of the year – straining to […]
November 23, 2022

Letter From the Pastor – November 27, 2022

 Have you ever noticed that there is a direct correlation between current events and our overall attitude toward life?  When things are going well, we are hopeful and optimistic; but when things take a turn for the worse, we lose heart. This is a tragic way to live because it places us at the mercy of events totally beyond our control.  Instead of acting upon life, we end up merely reacting to it.  Good times turn us into giddy optimists, while bad times transform us into gloomy  prophets of doom. But St. Paul’s approach in his letter to the Romans […]
November 17, 2022

Letter From the Pastor – November 20, 2022

Many centuries ago, a Hebrew poet wrote a psalm that begins with the line: “How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God.”  He said that concerning the temple which King Solomon built in Jerusalem.  To him it was the most beautiful and the most sacred place on earth.  It was the house where God lived.  To visit the temple was to be in the very presence of the Lord. But that beautiful and sacred building is no longer there.  It was first destroyed in 586 BC by the invading armies of Babylon.  Some seventy years later, it was rebuilt.  […]
November 10, 2022

Letter From the Pastor – November 13, 2022

 I heard a story about a young man who learned a vital lesson in seminary.  It happened in Greek class.  There were two blackboards in the room, and the instructor had written a different set of questions on each board.  He explained to the class that he must be gone from the room during the test and told them which set of questions they were to answer.  The other set of questions was for the next class.  This young man arrived late, missed the explanation, answered every question perfectly, and failed the test.  He   answered the wrong set of questions.  […]
November 3, 2022

Letter From the Pastor – November 6, 2022

Millions of Americans let the technology “babysit” their children for large portions of the day.  Even at 11 o’clock at night, long after cartoons and family shows have ended, an estimated 12 million children under age 10 are still on computers.  These hours have an enormous influence on our children.  Studies have shown that the media exercises the greatest formative influence on viewers who have not yet formed strong personal values.  As adults with Christian principles, we have some protection from media influence, but the minds of young children are wide open.  We need to be cautious. Consider just the […]