Digging in the Dirt

When I first started this piece I was only thinking about working in the congregation’s community garden as an example of spiritual practice. The more I thought about church life the more “digging in the dirt” feels like what we do much of the time. We dig and sometimes we...

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Synod Assembly begins May 31st

It’s time for the Delaware Maryland Synod Assembly. Minister Cynthia and Pastor Melissa are headed to Hunt Valley, Maryland to grow in faith! Not everyone likes them, but I enjoy synod assemblies. I meet a lot of new people, get to talk with colleagues I rarely see, learn about all...

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Pentecost

  It’s not a word that a lot of people recognize, but I love Pentecost Sunday. It’s a day to celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit to the followers of Jesus (Acts 2). We know that the Spirit of God traveled with the people of Israel for many generations before Christ....

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Ascension Day

Happy Ascension Day. According to the first chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, Jesus appeared to the disciples after the crucifixion and promised them that the Holy Spirit would soon come to empower them in their work. Jesus left them in a cover of clouds. Messengers of God asked the...

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Creating Connections

Brief Pastoral Message: Creating Connections I’m no longer married, but I work with couples in counseling so I read a lot about healthy marriages. Much of the research relates to relationships in general. My favorite source for marriage research information is the Gottman Institute. No matter how healthy our relationships are,...

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