Author Archives: Shelley Coltrin



Shelley Coltrin

A Denomination Divided
in Pastor's Weekly Message

A Denomination Divided

The United Methodist Church has made the news again. It announced last week that General Conference 2020 has been postponed another time. General Conference is the highest decision-making body of the United Methodist Church and...

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March 11, 2022
Help for Ukraine
in Pastor's Weekly Message

Help for Ukraine

As we watch the news from Ukraine, it’s easy to feel helpless and fearful. As in other times of social anxiety, our Methodist tradition has direction for us. The United Methodist Church speaks against war....

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March 04, 2022
Being Brave
in Pastor's Weekly Message

Being Brave

I grew up in northern Florida, lived in Florida all my life, lived just south of the “Space Coast” for a while, and I never saw a space shuttle launch. I can remember, however, the...

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February 18, 2022
Reset Your Thinking
in Pastor's Weekly Message

Reset Your Thinking

Have you thought about the opportunities around you every day? Often, I get stuck on my “problems” or my “obstacles.” An unexpected bill. Another doctor’s appointment to squeeze in. An unending supply of emails. A...

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February 11, 2022
A New Wilderness
in Pastor's Weekly Message

A New Wilderness

I’ve heard many people talk about getting back to normal after this pandemic. I wonder if we are really looking for that or if we are just grasping at anything that will lessen the amount...

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February 04, 2022
Do No Harm
in Pastor's Weekly Message

Do No Harm

In Wesleyan teaching, we hear the phrase “Three Simple Rules.” John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, taught that there are three simple rules that should guide our actions and decisions. We should strive each day...

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January 21, 2022
COVID-19 Concerns
in Pastor's Weekly Message

COVID-19 Concerns

As Omicron continues to race through our community, we remind you once again to stay safe. Social distancing and masking are important for us to slow the spread. The news I hear most recently indicates...

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January 14, 2022
Baptism
in Pastor's Weekly Message

Baptism

I was about 10 years old when I was in the first church service where I remember a baptism taking place. I have this vivid picture of looking up to where the pastor was with...

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January 07, 2022