Pastor’s Blog

A New Wilderness
February 04, 2022

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...


You Have Been With Me From Birth
January 28, 2022

You Have Been With Me From Birth

  If there were awards for when we pastors introduce ourselves at the beginning of worship, I would win the “longest title” award. I am the Christian Formation and Outreach Pastor at St. Mark’s. I’ve...


Do No Harm
January 21, 2022

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...


COVID-19 Concerns
January 14, 2022

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...


Baptism
January 07, 2022

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...


Happy New Year!
December 31, 2021

Happy New Year!

In our house when I was growing up, we had the tradition of eating certain foods on New Year’s Day. You eat these foods to start the year right, to begin the year with the...


Celebrate With Us!
December 23, 2021

Celebrate With Us!

On this Christmas Eve, we invite you to worship with us. As we hear the news reports and recommendations from the authorities about gathering in large groups, we want to both reassure you and caution...


Choosing Love
December 18, 2021

Choosing Love

It’s Christmastime! Well, almost. This Sunday is our last Sunday of Advent. It’s the Sunday of love, in the traditional readings. We will talk in worship about the light and life that Jesus brings, according...


Choosing Joy
December 10, 2021

Choosing Joy

The nights are getting longer and the sunshine is getting shorter. Winter is coming, and we are fast approaching the longest night. Even in the midst of the joy and cheer of the season, it...


Anticipation
December 03, 2021

Anticipation

Today, Friday, I paint. When some people say this, we automatically think of Mary Cassat or Georgia O’Keefe. That’s not what I’m doing. I’m painting a room. You might remember during the monsoon this summer,...